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Not sure where you were or what day or time that as. But I have 100's of pictures of me with him and his family during the 80's and 90's. Not sure if it was just you and your bad experience but I have drove from GA to Indiana to watch him race and have alot of pics, signatures and model cars that he has signed and made with me. In the day he was like John Force is now. Even when he was working with Larry Morgan I had him sign some stuff for me and he just smiled and I asked him about Billy and Rusty since we never see Rusty anymore. Never had a bad experience with him no matter if it was Indy, Gainesville, or Atlanta. We each have our own experiences but I do know those guys have a job to do and to have open pits even in that day would have made their job even harder. Also to keep things private than and to keep competition from being able to see his motor and configuration is what made him very tough to beat at the time. To let just anyone into your pits can help the competition get an idea of what you have going on with your motor. Same reason he threw his fire jacket over his motor after the wreck. He was a lone Ford in a sea-full of Chevy's. Never wanting anyone to still his ideas. Engine builders are particular on who sees what they have and the enclosed pit area helped to stop those wanting to see his motors. If you ever see him ask him about it I am sure he would be more than happy to let you know what was going on. But he always made the time to walk to the little flags that made his pit box and signed autographs and would take the kids over to the car and take a pic with them. Adults not quite sure but he was ahead of his time and made the most power from his engines. Just talk to Billy sometime about the long hours and days they spent on the car and motors.
Just Imagine trying to get as close now as you could than and you would be escorted out of the facility. You would never go to a race again or like a driver because most have like a 300X300 space marked out and your not allowed anywhere near their cars.
Also, by the way Ford pulled their money to concentrate on Nascar, and other ventures they were wanting to take. This was after they told Glidden to build another motor, dyno it, and get it approved by NHRA. After he did all of the above they said thanks but no thanks.
But, to make a very harsh opinion or speak as ill over a man you have never really met or talked too is not very right. I have never met you and I would not make a opinion on you by what you write on this forum. The same should be said about Bob Glidden those who have met him, can attest that his is a very nice person really. Maybe you need to drive to Whiteland and introduce yourself :lol:
1993 Mustang LX 466 CI with Kaase CJ heads. Just hoping to make a full pass. Best time 6.32 110 mph.