Here is a very interesting photo from the Road & Track archives, dated May 1951. It was likely snapped by John Bond himself at the Pebble Beach road races, but the image never made it into the magazine. He notes that driver Jack Armstrong drove this Cadillac-powered Allard 300 miles from Los Angeles, practiced on track with luggage in the car, raced twice Sunday, and then drove home that same night. All that info comes from Bond’s hand-written notes on the back of the photograph, shown below.
We love the notes below, and the addition of Bill Pollack as the driver, and especially that the photographer signed his last name. Bond was the founder of Road & Track and later became its technical editor. His fingerprints are all over the early editions of the magazine and we love to think of him alongside this section of the Pebble Beach course.
The story was run in the July 1951 issue on pages 4, 5, and 40, as shown below in the gallery. Several photographers were credited, but somehow Bond’s own photo does not seem to have made the cut. The same #40 car is pictured and referenced in the story.
A great line reported there states that “Eastern drivers and spectators still complain that Western driving is too wild and discourteous.” Probably a fair summary. Flip through the pages and results below in full size!
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