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My Mother's 1978 Canadian Grand Prix Pit Pass (and the story behind it)

I was 3 years old in 1978. I don't recall going to the 1978 Canadian Grand Prix. The first races I remember my parents taking me to were those with the Rothman's Porsche 956's at Mosport, outside of Toronto. I grew up surrounded by car people. Not in the way that the spawn of Dan Gurney or Stirling Moss would have enjoyed, but everyone loved cars and had the resources to own what they wanted to own.

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I do remember that around 1978, we had a Mercedes-Benz coupe of some variety, a Porsche 914 (my dad's first of many Porsche's), and a Triumph TR6. Cars were always around. My optometrist uncle seemed to have a different car every few months. One Saturday he would show up in a Lamborghini Urraco, then the next time we'd see him he would be in the lastest of Citroen's... He owned many Citroen's, many variations of 911's, a Maserati Merak and so on. Uncle Ernie had (still has) an early short wheelbase 911 and an orange big block 70ish Vette. He was the one that convinced my dad to buy both his Fiat SuperBrava and (82?)BMW 320i. There were many BMW's among that group, and at a time when BMW driver's were known as Yuppies, not asshat's.

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Anyhow, I digress. One of the guys that was a part of this little clique was a guy named Craig. Craig was a big shot at Bilstein Canada. At the same time, before moving into the auto industry himself, my father was a big shot at a major international kitchen appliance manufacturer. I'm not going to get into the whole "what an era" thing, or that's "when you could really do business", but I will say that I wish we still in a world in which one guy could deliver the latest and greatest refrigerator to his friends house and in turn have his car regularly shod with the latest and greatest Bilstein set-up and get additional perks like regular pit-passes to various races as "Bilstein/Service" as you'll see on this old pass of my mother's...

Anyhow, not a big story here but repatriated some photo albums from my Mom's basement and came across this among many photo's from Watkins Glen and of the many cool cars and sailboats I had the pleasure of being around as a kid....

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