After the Ontario Speedway had been built, a non-championship Formula 1 event was staged as a preliminary to having the track approved for a championship event to be placed on the calendar the following year. It was an unusual race being run in two heats. There was an interesting mix of drivers with Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx driving for Ferrari. In addition to the Formula 1 drivers of the time--Emerson Fittipaldi, Denny Hulme, Jackie Stewart, Chris Amon, Graham Hill, Ronnie Peterson et al--the field included American drivers A.J. Foyt, Mark Donohue, George Follmer, Swede Savage, Tony Adamowicz and Al and Bobby Unser. I attended the press/V.I.P. cocktail party held on an evening prior to the race. Jacky Ickx, in his blue blazer and grey flannels, looked more like a fashion plate from Gentleman's Quarterly or Vogue Hommes than a racing driver but everyone present knew his abilities.
On race day, I hired a limousine to take my girlfriend and me the forty or so miles to the racetrack. As we pulled into the parking area we found ourselves behind another limousine. After a traffic control staffer spoke with the driver ahead of us, that limo was directed to a priority parking area. As we pulled up, the staffer asked our driver if we were with the Nixon party. "Yes, we are," he replied ensuring a prime parking spot for us and a premium tip for himself. Apparently, the limo that had preceded us was transporting Tricia Nixon (and her husband, Ed Cox) who, I thought at the time, made for an unlikely race queen, but there you have it. I believe she presented the winner's trophy.
After a short walk from the car to our seats, we discovered that we were sitting right in front of George Carlin and his two beautiful companions for the afternoon. All this and Formula 1, too! George kept us entertained the entire afternoon with a few editorials and running commentary that were clearly not 'material' but off-the-cuff, stream-of-geniusness that made the day unforgettable. When the results of the two heats were combined, the winner was Mario Andretti in the Ferrari followed by Jackie Stewart in a Tyrell and Denny Hulme in a McLaren.
Strolling back to the parking area with our new friend and his companions, we said goodbye and got into our respective limousines that were next to each other in the private area. I guess George was with the Nixon party, too!
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They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
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"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
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I bought Bentleys in England and Ferraris & Maseratis in Italy to re-sell in Los Angeles as a teenager. I met Enzo Ferrari, Juan Fangio and Steve McQueen. I 'grew up' on the set of Mission: Impossible and other episodic TV series of the era. For a few years, I owned a Ferrari GTO that is owned by Ralph Lauren today and valued at approximately $52M. I began my film career by writing, producing and directing Montmartre in Paris in French. I founded and ran a repertory company for film & TV for 20 years in Los Angeles. I created a TV series which had fans that included Marlon Brando. I authored the first new acting technique--Action/ReAction--that was not based on Stanislavski's Method. I am currently writing my third novel and shooting my spy thriller Exigence. If you can't make movies, live your life as though you were in one...