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TOPIC: Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester?

Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 22 Sep 2011 13:11 #154783

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The reason I ask, Is I got a neat Phone call from Roland Wilson
day before yesterday, and he told me "Shotgun" Winchester
is in this month's issue of Vintage Motorcycle Magazine.

(I think That is the name of the Publication.)

Has anyone seen the Article?

I have to make a trip to town and see if I can Find it.

I rememeber Watching Shotgun Winchester race back in the late 50's
when I first started going to the Tracks.

I believe he was out of Corpus Christi Texas.
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Re:Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 22 Sep 2011 13:22 #154785

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Willard,

You know that I remember Howard "Shotgun" Winchester, I used to race against him and Rudolf both back in the day. They both kept them Triumph's sliding sideways and were plenty fast. And yes, Howard rode out of Corpus Christie and Rudolf as you know rode out of Austin. After I got my pro license I raced against them often at local races and some Pro races. Of coarse we used to say that Howard used "Coke Bottle bottoms" for eye glasses, his were that thick and he was blind without them.

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Re:Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 22 Sep 2011 15:07 #154799

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Will,
My father, Ron Stratton Sr, and my grandfather, Norman Stratton were friends with and raced with Howard back in the 60's. I remember as a pup seeing Howard at many of the races we went to down in the valley where we were from. Gene Cameron, Othell Welch later raced for my grandfather out of his Yamaha, Kawasaki and BSA shop there in Pharr Tx.
I spoke with Howard about a year ago and he was doing fine living in Corpus Christi. He has a place up by Rockdale as well and travels back and forth.

Ronnie Jr
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Re:Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 22 Sep 2011 15:15 #154800

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Will,
I remember a story about Howard and my dad. In 1968 or 69 when Yamaha first came out with the DT-1 250, my dad took one off of the floor and set it up to race a TT at Bensen Race Track down in Mission Tx. During practice he lost it in a hairpin and broke his shoulder. Howard parked his bikes and helped get my dad to the hospital in McAllen. They came back to the track after his shoulder was re-set and Howard commenced to finish the race day. I have some photos of races with them back in the 60's. I will scan and post when I can.
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Re:Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 22 Sep 2011 20:04 #154830

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Yes,seen him at Boohers a couple months back! Didn't recognize him & was standin rt next to him!
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Re:Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 23 Sep 2011 05:26 #154859

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Yes Mr. Henry, I knew you would remember ShotGun.

And Ron, Nice story Thanks for sharing.

And Smitty, since you just saw Shotgun Recently,

Did you know he had Open Heart Surgery? Roland Wilson
told me that during our Phone conversation. A year or
so ago, I believe is what Roland said.

Now have ya'll seen the article in The Vintage magazine about
Shotgun Winchester?
Willard Kelley
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K-K Enterprises, Stephenville Tx.
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Re:Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 23 Sep 2011 06:24 #154866

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"Shotgun" advertised a few bikes on VFT a while back.








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Re:Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 23 Sep 2011 08:04 #154876

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Click on http://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=bks&q=Howard+Winchester&tbs=,bkt:m,bkms:1168684103302644123 and scroll down and read the old AMA magazines about him. Looks like he rode all types of events.
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Re:Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 23 Sep 2011 08:44 #154888

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Back in the 50's and 60's we all rode any kind of race/event that was avaliable.

Jim Henry
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Re:Anyone Remember Texas Racer "Shotgun" Winchester? 23 Sep 2011 13:25 #154908

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Back in the Spring of 1960, I believe it was I was at a Race at
Waxahachie(Mispelled sorry)with my dad and two brothers Ed and Olen.

Olen had just got his new Triumph 650 TR6, and parked his 250 Zundapp.

The track was a long TT Scrambles Track, and there were a lot of entries
in the I think they called it the 40 incher class back then.

During the Race Ronnie Doyle Ran off the track and got into a barb wire
fence and drug the wire back on the track. The wire got wrapped around
the sprocket, and Ronnie had to stop, and he was trying to get the wire
out of his sprocket, when another rider(not sure who it was), came a
sliding around and slide into the barb wire. The wire cut the riders
belly open and he was transported to the hospital.

My brother Olen ended Up finishing second that day on his new Triumph
but guess who won the race?

You guessed it "ShotGun" Winchester.
Willard Kelley
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K-K Enterprises, Stephenville Tx.
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