"The Flying Dutchman"
met with Frank at theVillage Inn on Broadway in Council Bluffs on Jan
25th where he has breakfast with the Studebaker club he belongs
to. Frank's passion these days is restoring them. Frank
brought his scrapbook with him and we browsed through it before he
left. Frank was generous enough to share his treasure with
us. Am I glad he did!
Frank has pretty much recorded the history of Playland from 1968 through 1977. There are so many photos and articles that it will take a couple of weeks to get them on the site. I will put the race results articles on the race results page(s) and the historical articles on there own pages to keep from totally burying Frank's page here. I will do my best to credit Frank wherever his material is used!
Frank's biographical info and drag racing background is in the article above left and center. Frank's drag car is in the photo above right.
1968. It was Frank's first year of stockcar racing. He had Drag raced for a few years and became bored with it.
Coming out of turn four and heading down the front chute. You can see folks parked along I-480, watching.
These articles were clipped from the Omaha World Herald newspaper.
Left photo: The result of a spin by Terry Dunaway on the narrow confines of Playland Speedway. Frank hit him so hard that Terry was pulled out of the car by the track officials and revived on the hood of his car. The right photo shows Frank inspecting the damage. The Lark was done! It had a badly bent frame.
Frank did well his rookie season. He was paired with Russ Dilley for the 1968 Playland 300. The matching cars are shown in the left photo. On the right, driver introductionns prior to the race.
1969. Another season of "Bronco" racing for Frank.
All of these photos are from the 1969 season. The one below was taken after the 14th race. Frank had a little fender bender.
1970. Frank raced both the "Bronco" and "Super Stock" divisions. First, a new car would be built.
By the fourth week:
By the seventh race:
A new color tv!!
1971 Bronco class.
1972 Super Stock class.