Best losing team ( Stanley Cup playoffs): Chicago Black Hawks.
Most overpaid player (defense): Brad Park.
Most overpaid player (forward): Derek Sanderson.
Most interesting team: Montreal Canadians.
Most ink: Boston Bruins.
Most publicity: Bobby Orr.
Best publicity agent: Mark Mulvoy ( Boston Bruins).
T. N. WOOLFOLK
Having just finished Bob Jones' excellent article Easy Rider Rolls One In (Oct. 14), I must say thank you for capturing the very difficult feel of Formula I racing.
Helmut Koinigg need not have died. I write not as an abolitionist but as a licensed competitor who loves the sport of racing very deeply. But our tracks can easily be made safer. Nelson Ledges Road Course, Warren, Ohio, has developed the Tirewall, invented by one of its trustees, Grover Griggs, into the best safety feature since rollbars and helmets. The track has held 30 SCCA-sanctioned weekends of racing by everyone from novices at drivers' schools to professionals in the national series in the two years the Tirewall has been erected around the track. There has not been one injury requiring hospitalization of a driver who has hit the Tirewall! If Watkins Glen had incorporated the Tirewall, Helmut Koinigg would be a little stiff and sore, not a memory.
The Tirewall is constructed of tires (naturally) stacked in an interlocking pattern. No special skills or equipment of any kind is needed. It works just like a big catcher's mitt by soaking up the energy of the car and stopping it in a short distance, not abruptly, as a guardrail is supposed to do. Big cars such as Camaros have knocked a couple of tires out of position when they hit the wall at 90 to 100 mph. Corner workers quickly replaced the tires between races and it was impossible to tell where the car hit. Formula cars have stuffed the wall in hard and have been out to compete in their next session after nothing more than a very careful check of the suspension.
DUANE F. ROST