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 37
1961 Birth of an Icon Written by Various 42
1963 Ponca Turns The Corner Written by A.W. Bud Berg, Ben Ellis, The Daily Oklahoman, Stephen England 59
1964 Drivers Preview & Results Written by Ben Ellis 33
1965 An Absolutely Perfect Weekend Written by Dick Durant & The Daily Oklahoman 41
1966 Sixth Annual Ponca City Grand Prix Written by Stephen England 56
1968 "Sports Car" Pictorial Written by Stephen England 36
1969 The Storm Before the Lull Written by Linda Pavlik, Stephen England and Ron LaPeer 48
1970 The Rarest Dash Plaque Written by William "Doc" Foerster, SCCA Westport, Lester Seasongood and Mel Bogus 58
1972 Bury My Car at Ponca City Written by William Jeanes 48
1973 "Oklahoma Today" Article Written by Mike McCarville 37
1973 Ponca City Is A Time Machine Written by Stephen England 37
1975 Pan American Enduro & Other Races Written by Bill Brollier and others 628
1976 Ponca City Grand Prix Slide Show Written by Jerry Doctor 47
1977 Ponca City Grand Prix (Video) Written by John and Jim Lee 27
1978 "The Best Ever" ? Written by George England and John Hansford 101
1982 Ponca Goes Silent Written by Dan Bailey 46
1987 Ponca City Grand Prix Returns Written by Sharon McBride, George England, Patrick McKay and Sherry Huxtable 45
1988 "Racing In The Streets" Oklahoma Today Article Written by WK Stratton; photographs by Fred W. Marvel 31
1990 SCCA Racing At Its Best Written by Steve England 47
1992 Fireworks fitting for a truly roadworthy celebration Written by Denise McCluggage 26

Dash Plaques 1961-1975

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

Feature Winners

  • 1980 Neil Harrison Bobsy SR6
  • 1964 Bud Morley Elva Mk7 BMW
  • 1969 John McComb Ford Mustang
  • 1965 Dick Durant Durant Special Chevrolet
  • 1974 Bud Crout Lola T294
  • 1987 Don Flegal Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1992 Wendell Miller Swift SE3Q
  • 1966 Bud Morley McLaren Ford
  • 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.)
  • 1968 Bobby Alyward McLaren Chevrolet
  • 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977 and 1978! Fred Parkhill, McClaren Mk8 Chevrolet
  • 1967 Bobby Alyward McClaren Chevrolet
  • 1961-62 Jack Hinkle Birdcage Maserati
  • 1963 Jack Hinkle Cooper Monaco Climax

Dash Plaques 1976-1992

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