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01/03/09
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Legends of Riverside Racing Film Festival and Gala
The "Legends of Riverside" has become a must do, exclusive event featuring racing films, documentaries, never before seen racing footage, fine food, race car displays and the opportunity to hear the tales of past races from the guys who drove in them.

From Formula 5000, the open wheel cars of the '60s and '70s, unlimited horsepower Can Am cars, Indy cars and Ferraris, Maseratis and the famed California built Scarabs, these guys drove them all and have they got tales to tell.

Plus the "Cannonball Run" competitors, with even more amazing stories of those flat out drives across the country; the stuff movies are made of; disguised as nuns or hospital patients; evading the police and dodging road hazards and traffic jams.

Riverside International Automotive Museum - Riverside International Raceway - Legends of Riverside Automotive Film Festival and GalaThis year, the "Legends of Riverside" will be honoring the drivers of the "Times Grand Prix" of '58 and '59, including Dan Gurney, Bruce Kessler, Carroll Shelby, Bill Krause, Joe Playan, Scooter Patrick, John Fitch, Stirling Moss, Peter Brock, Bob Bondurant, Andy Porterfield, Augie Pabst, Tony Settember and the Seattle Team Empire group of George Keck, Tom Meehan, Ralph Ormsbee and Pete Lovely.

The Formula 5000 crowd includes 1968 Champ Tony Adamowicz and Eric Haga, Jerry Entin, Stuart Forbes Robinson, Davey Jordan and Skeeter McKitterick. And from the USRRC, Indy Car and Can Am ranks, you'll meet  Jerry Grant, Bill Vukovich, Elliot Forbes Robinson, John Morton, Lothar Motschenbacher, Bob Bondurant and Oscar Koveleski, founder of the Polish Racing Drivers of America.

For you Corvette fans, Hall of Famers Dick Guldstrand and Doug Hooper will be there. Other invitees, as yet unconfirmed, include George Follmer, Parnelli Jones, Sam Posey and Jay Leno. Plus authors, artists and photographers like Wally Wyss, Allen Kuhn, Rick Rucker, Dave Friedman, Pete Lyons, Will Edgar and Peter Bryant will be on hand showing off their art and photos or autographing their books. Want to know more about these guys, visit www.legendsofriverside.com. Emcee for the event is such a big name that we can't announce it yet, but be assured you'll be impressed.

Films you'll see include Paul Newman's "Winning" with a special "Tribute to Paul Newman" from his racing friends; the Times Grand Prix broadcast with Phil Hill as commentator as part of "Phil Hill Remembered", Pete Lyons "Can Am Thunder", introduced by the legendary Can Am historian Pete Lyons himself, with a commentary by many of the drivers, "The Racing Scene", the James Garner documentary featuring Scooter Patrick and Davey Jordan and introduced by the writer, Will Edgar, "The Making of LeMans" from filmmaker Michael Keyser, "Gumball Rally",  Hollywood's humorous depiction of the "Cannonball Run" and "Sound of Speed", the award winning Bruce Kessler documentary of a test session of Lance Reventlow's Formula One car. The complete schedule can be seen at www.legendsofriverside.com

We'll be presenting awards that include the "Lifetime Achievement Award For Contributions To Riverside Raceway", the "Lee Iacocca" award and, "Special Riverside Raceway Competitors Awards, all to those who raced or otherwise helped make Riverside Raceway happen.

Friday night's buffet dinner, Saturday luncheon, Saturday evening's "Memories of Riverside" dinner and Hall of Fame Inductions and Sunday brunch are all part of this exclusive happening, taking place inside the Riverside International Automotive Museum, surrounded by numerous exotic and unusual cars.

Most importantly, all proceeds from this inaugural event will go to charities including the Parkinson's Institute, the Lee Iacocca Foundation, "Hole In the Wall" Camps and the CHP 11-99 Foundation. Our silent auction features one of a kind memorabilia, much of autographed specially for this event.

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