Pee Wee Griffin sure made things very interesting for anyone who went to East Windsor Speedway in the late 60's and early 70's. I was 7 going on 8 in 1968, and even by that age, I could tell you to keep your eye on that red #72. Something was going to happen... Not sure what, but be sure to keep watchin' 'cause it was gonna happen...
I think I had a Pee Wee Griffen shirt back then (red with the white iron on letters with white outline of the car.) I also found these photos from the very early 70's taken with the old Kodak 110.
I know they are horrible photos, but I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I took very, very few pictures at any of the local tracks, and the fact that I ran down to the fence to take the top picture, and then probably begged my dad to go in the pits after the races and then took a picture of Pee Wee's engine, it's pretty clear that he was a big part in the show that day... And that "show," and those days at the speedway, is something we're all still talking about decades later.
Drivers that usually win a lot will tell you that they don't care if they get cheered, or if they get boo'ed... just as long as folks are doing something when their name is called out during the line up. Everyone noticed Pee Wee, as I did back back in those early East Windsor days... and it was because of the excitement that I experienced we're here talking about it today.
I'll remember those days sitting in the stands with my dad, both us watching Pee Wee do his thing out there in his "Little Red" coupe, and then talking about "Pee Wee" the whole drive home.
My condolences to the Griffin Family on the passing of "Pee Wee."