(Videos and captions taken from the archives of the great Nigel Smuckatelli)
"..Those were the good old days when motorcycles and cars raced along the beach then up onto A1A then back down onto the beach. All this ended when Bill France built the Daytona Speedway. Today the spot where this film was made is nothing but hotels and condos as far as the eye can see. "
This is a video clip of the very first Daytona 3-Hour Continental in 1962. The clip was taken from home movies provided by Mario Levetto. The clip features some of the cars and drivers at that race, a race that would eventually morph into the 24 Hours of Daytona we know of today. Take a look at the video capture stills that precede this video for more info on the race.
"...This is the first of two short video clips of the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona taken from home movies provided by Mario Levetto. Make sure you look at the video capture stills that precede this video for more detailed info about the cars and drivers. Note at the beginning of the video the winning drivers are featured (Lorenzo Bandini and Ludovico Scarfiotti). Both would die of racing accidents within the year of this race. In the video they seemed so young and full of life. A real tragedy. .."
More after the jump
"...This is one of two 90 second (give or take) video clips made from home movies showing the action at the 1968 24-Hours of Daytona. The is the race where the factory Porsche 907's came in 1-2-3. Much to everyone's surprise the Shelby Trans-Am Mustang of Jerry Titus and Ronnie Bucknum came in third. You will also see the Alfa Romeo T33/2 factory cars driven by the legendary Mario Andretti as well as the Corvette entered by actor James Garner. Video clip courtesy of Mario and Guido Levetto. ..."