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Old 11-02-2015, 05:27 PM
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During the 1964 season Rootes felt very confident that Don Sesslar would win the National championship. So, after each national win they printed a newsprint poster highlighting Don's progress. I've found 3 of the posters... I suspect there are at least two more but have never found them. Has anyone seen or have the others?

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Old 11-02-2015, 10:47 PM
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Great posters Steve, alpines did wave the sunbeam flag in scca proudly.

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Old 11-20-2015, 06:25 PM
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What a find! Are they bigger than magazine-page sized?
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:37 AM
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Yes, roughly 20x30 posters. They were intended to be hung in the dealership windows to promote the success. I'm just guessing there are probably 2-3 more versions of these posters.

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Old 11-24-2015, 07:44 AM
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As a side note, technically, each poster is off by one win... at Cumberland early in the season Don came in 2nd to Brooks Noah in the Lotus 7. However, somebody protested Noah's car. (not Don) As it turned out the Lotus was found to have some infraction and I believe forfeited the win. I assume that was the process.

Don actually wrapped up the year with 6 wins - I think the SCCA only counted the 5 best races in determining National champion. Regardless, Five wins were enough to lock up the championship by August.

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Old 12-19-2015, 10:54 AM
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Yes, and the first poster Michael posted has a picture of Lew Spencer driving the Tiger at Tucson, not Willow Springs.
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:23 PM
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Oddly, Rootes' marketing had a tendency to use whatever photo they had on file regardless of the venue relevance in the story. For the poster announcing Don's national championship in the Alpine in '64 they used a photo of the old Series I Alpine at Bridgehampton from 1963.

I would guess these were printed just a couple days after the actual race and then distributed as quickly as possible to the dealerships.
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