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Racing at Portland International Raceways
1982 James Mason

Racing at Portland International Raceways

PIR

Portland International Raceways is a top-level car racing track famous for hosting the GI Joe. Now that GI Joe's is dead and gone the race must have a new name. But in the early 60s there was bike racing on the same course, except instead of a modern and well-surfaced track it was on the city streets of a flooded-out city. Vanport was built during WW2 to house the workers in Kaiser's shipyards. In 1948, exactly when I was busy being born not far away, a dike ruptured and the Columbia river poured into Vanport. All the houses floated away leaving foundations, streets, and spooky wooden water towers. We raced Tuesday nights on those streets. Eventually the City of Portland decided to make our race course into a real race course and PIR was born. This photo is from a race in the early 80s. Here's the idents, thanks to riders who were there: Jack Springer in the BBC jersey, Jerry Powell on his super-cool 753 Raleigh, the first one I ever saw, then Ed Hershberger, Dr. Mike Reznick, and mostly obscured, Bill Pooley.

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Mike Murray 19-Nov-2010 00:46
The guy in the Moteni jersey is Bill Pooley.
Jerry Powell 09-Nov-2010 01:08
Bird's right about Hershberger, me and Jack springer. The guy in the skid lid ("Nomads" jersey) is Mike Reznick. I recognize the guy in the molteni jersey on the far side, but can't put a name on him.

Both Dr. Reznick and I are still racing, nearly thirty years later.
James Mason03-Nov-2010 13:50
The guy in the skid-lid is a psychiatrist but I don't recall his name.
John Beckman 02-Nov-2010 18:18
Ed Hershberger, I think, then maybe Jerry Powell, and Jack Springer in the green BBC jersey. I don't know who is wearing the skid lid.