Clay Regazzoni in car #2 was the winner in 1976, pictured here.
Is it serendipity that the first year's winner was in car #1 and the second year #2?! It's almost as if this race was destined for greatness from GO!
When this course was first run, it - literally- shut down the city, as Pit Row was on Ocean Drive, which was part of the course. The cars would then take a right on Linden, catching air because it was so steep, earning it the nickname, 'The Linden Leap.'
The first year was a Formula 5000 race, and this year changed to a Formula One race which was run until 1984. It was also called the 'United States Grand Prix West' at this point.
In a couple days time we will be starting our official contests! Woo Hoo! We have a lot of very cool stuff to give away, including a Formula Drift Long Beach Drift Car Ride, IndyCar Series Pace Car Rides, a TamiyaUSA remote controlled car, TGPLB hats, posters and tees, amongst other stuff!
And then before we know it... RACE WEEKEND WILL BE UPON US!
For the next 43 days, we will be posting a picture of each year's winner in chronological order.
Are you all ready?
GENTLEMAN, START. YOUR. ENGINES!!
📸:TGPLB of the race's FIRST winner, Brian Redman in 1975.
The most popular song of that same year-Captain and Tenille's 'Love Will Keep Us Together.' 😍 ... See MoreSee Less
Come see Lance and Anthony who are part of Committee of 300 of Long Beach, Inc., signing up new recruits at Joe's Crab Shack Long Beach! This fantastic volunteer organization who's hosting this kick-off shindig helps the #TGPLB from the inside out, ushering grandstands, and also does philanthropic events throughout Long Beach. They are a wonderful group to be a part of, and they are always looking for new members and volunteers! #We❤LB #VisitLB #RacingSeason ... See MoreSee Less