Music – 1987 – Jim Nabors – Back Home Again In Indiana – Performed At Start Of The 1987 Indy 500

Who would have ever thought that the popular “Southern country bumpkin” television personality Gomer Pyle….who was the naive….which was merely due to his pure, uncorrupted and non-degenerate mind….and extremely moral auto mechanic turned United States Marine Corps PFC, from Mayberry, North Carolina…. who  provided comic relief while being awestruck by the simplest of things….which resulted in the exclamation of his catchphrases, “Shazam!”, “Golly”,…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Al Trautwig Interviews Mario Andretti After Car Failure At Mile 460

Racing legend Mario Andretti won the Indy 500 in 1969…..but other than that race….it was Andretti’s only win at the Indianapolis 500 in 29 attempts…..as Super Mario has had so many incidents and near victories at the Indy 500 that critics have dubbed the family’s performance after Mario’s 1969 Indianapolis 500 victory the “Andretti Curse”….which is evidenced by this interview at…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jerry Gappens Interviews Owner Vince Granatelli Of Robt Guerrero Car

Throughout the television coverage of the 1987 Indy 500…..ABC utilized some really outstanding race reporters…..like Chris Economaki, Jack Arute and Jerry Gappens (seen in this video herewith)…..who spent a great deal of time interviewing key folks involved in the race….whether it was Indy drivers prior to the race, or after being removed from the race…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jim Lampley + Sam Posey + Bobby Unser Final Thoughts On The Race

Jim Lampley is an American sportscaster, news anchor, film producer and restaurant owner….who is best known as a blow-by-blow announcer on HBO World Championship Boxing for 30 years….plus, he has also covered a record 14 Olympic Games on U.S. television….with most recent being the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China. In 1974, Lampley was chosen along with Don Tollefson in what ABC called a talent hunt….as ABC executives thought that Lampley’s…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jack Arute Profile Of Life And Career Of Driver A J Foyt + Dad Tony

A J Foyt is an American retired auto racing driver….who has raced in numerous genres of motorsports…..with his open wheel racing including the United States Automobile Club Champ cars, sprint cars and midget cars….plus, he raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC….while having won several major sports car racing events….whereas he holds the USAC career wins record with 159 victories….along with the American championship racing career wins record with 67.    His father was an auto-mechanic…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jerry Gappens Interviews Katie Guerrero In Pits Of Robert Guerrero

Roberto Guerrero is a Colombian-American former racing driver….who participated in 29 Formula One Grands Prix….while debuting on January 23, 1982…..and he came very close to winning the Indy 500 outright on two occasions….but bad luck always kept the victory out of his grasp….when in 1987, the “pit stop from Hell” kept him out of the victor’s circle….then again In 1992, he spun off on the pace…

Specials – 1978 – Indy 500 Time Trial Rain Delays + Replay Steve Cauthen On Affirmed Preakness Win

This 1978 episode of ABC’s Wide World of Sports focuses on the 1978 Indy 500 time trials with ABC’s Chris Economacki interviewing several drivers regarding the rain delay that has put back qualifying for the big race at least for the day…..as well as a Howard Cosell and Eddie Arcaro interview of jockey Steve Cauthen….who had…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – Miller $50000 Pit Stop Competition For The Top Drivers Crews

The Miller Pit Stop Challenge is a pit stop contest held during activities leading up to the Indianapolis 500…..which has been held since 1977….with the event being held on Carb Day….which follows the final practice session….when as many as 12 top teams in the field compete in a single-elimination, tournament-style competition….with two teams at a time. The current rules format…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Special – Inside Look At Black Cloud Over Mario Andretti At Indy 500

Andy Granatelli was an American businessman….who was most prominent as the CEO of STP…..as well as a major figure in automobile racing events….who was finally rewarded with an Indianapolis 500 winner in 1969…..when after his innovative Lotus four-wheel drive car was destroyed in practice upon establishing itself as one of the most dominants cars to date….and his driver Mario Andretti….while …