Ponca City Grand Prix

From 1961 until 1992 the Ponca City Grand Prix was THE RACE of the year for Oklahoma Region.

Arguably the "Last Real Road Race" in SCCA, Ponca City brought together enthusiasts from all aspects of the Region; Rallye, Gymkhana, Flaging and Drivers, to literally "build" a racetrack. The setting was idyllic, the racing fantastic and the parties legendary.  We are presenting,  year by year, photos, results, history and other memorabilia of this great event.

To those unfamiliar with "Ponca" we suggest reading the last year first, as Denise McCluggage wrote, 

"So was this great American Day on 1992’s Fourth of July the last one? Surely not. But then next year may be. Or the next.

Best plan to make it before it’s too late. I mean, you missed Woodstock, right? The last of the natural road courses awaits you. "

This will give you insight into this iconic event. Denise's words were sadly prophetic.

 

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Title Author Hits
Chicken Fries Written by Eric Wilder 665
1961 Birth of an Icon Written by Various 969
1963 Ponca Turns The Corner Written by A.W. Bud Berg, Ben Ellis, The Daily Oklahoman, Stephen England 1702
1964 Drivers Preview & Results Written by Ben Ellis 843
1965 An Absolutely Perfect Weekend Written by Dick Durant & The Daily Oklahoman 1315
1966 Sixth Annual Ponca City Grand Prix Written by Stephen England 1704
1968 "Sports Car" Pictorial Written by Stephen England 775
1969 The Storm Before the Lull Written by Linda Pavlik, Stephen England and Ron LaPeer 1456
1970 The Rarest Dash Plaque Written by William "Doc" Foerster, SCCA Westport, Lester Seasongood and Mel Bogus 1962
1972 Bury My Car at Ponca City Written by William Jeanes 1668
1973 "Oklahoma Today" Article Written by Mike McCarville 718
1973 Ponca City Is A Time Machine Written by Stephen England 992
1975 Pan American Enduro & Other Races Written by Bill Brollier and others 93068
1976 Ponca City Grand Prix Slide Show Written by Jerry Doctor 1853
1977 Ponca City Grand Prix (Video) Written by John and Jim Lee 711
1978 "The Best Ever" ? Written by George England and John Hansford 248220
1982 Ponca Goes Silent Written by Dan Bailey 714
1987 Ponca City Grand Prix Returns Written by Sharon McBride, George England, Patrick McKay and Sherry Huxtable 1320
1988 "Racing In The Streets" Oklahoma Today Article Written by WK Stratton; photographs by Fred W. Marvel 943
1990 SCCA Racing At Its Best Written by Steve England 855
1992 Fireworks fitting for a truly roadworthy celebration Written by Denise McCluggage 910

Dash Plaques 1961-1975

  • 1974
  • 1963
  • 1962
  •  1972
  • 1965
  • 1967
  • 1964
  • 1966
  • 1968
  • 1973
  •  1970
  • 1971
  •  1969
  • 1975

Feature Winners

  • 1980 Neil Harrison Bobsy SR6
  • 1992 Wendell Miller Swift SE3Q
  • 1963 Jack Hinkle Cooper Monaco Climax
  • 1975 David Jungerman Chevrolet Camaro (The only photos we have of David at Ponca are him spinning. Here he finds the limits of the braking zone at Turn Six as Jack Hodgkinson blasts by.)
  • 1966 Bud Morley McLaren Ford
  • 1969 John McComb Ford Mustang
  • 1967 Bobby Alyward McClaren Chevrolet
  • 1974 Bud Crout Lola T294
  • 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977 and 1978! Fred Parkhill, McClaren Mk8 Chevrolet
  • 1965 Dick Durant Durant Special Chevrolet
  • 1964 Bud Morley Elva Mk7 BMW
  • 1987 Don Flegal Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1961-62 Jack Hinkle Birdcage Maserati
  • 1968 Bobby Alyward McLaren Chevrolet

Dash Plaques 1976-1992

  • 1977-A
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1987
  • 1976-B
  • 1978
  • 1976-A
  • 1989
  • 1991
  • 1977-B
  • 1990
  • 1981
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