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In a photo by Red Wing’s Dave Riley, legendary Formula One racer James Hunt speeds down the track at the 1973 U.S. Grand Prix in New York. The race, one of Hunt’s first, also helped spark Riley’s love of the sport.

Local racing fan recalls era of 'Rush'

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In October 1973, at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course in New York, Red Wing’s Dave Riley, then a 24-year-old sailor in the Navy, watched as the number 27 Formula One race car narrowly missed first place by less than a second.

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The driver, no more than a couple years older than Riley at the time, was James Hunt.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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