1971 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Road Test filmed in 1972 at what is believed to be Grattan race track in Michigan
Of the 1304 Olds 442 convertibles built in 1971 only 110 were W30s and only 32 were 4 speeds like this one.
SOMEONE SENT ME A MESSAGE THAT THE CAR IN THIS VIDEO HAS SURVIVED THE YEARS AND IS TODAY ONE OF 11 DOCUMENTED 71 W30 4SPEED CONVERTIBLES OF THE ORIGINAL 32 MADE.
Car and Track narrator Gordon “Bud” Lindemann (born August 22, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois — 1983) was a pioneer in motor sports broadcasting.
Lindemann graduated from high school in 1940. He joined the United States Coast Guard during World War II, and was stationed on the USS Eastwind in the North Atlantic. While in the service, Gordon met his future wife Kay and they were married on February 9, 1945. Lindemann worked briefly in radio in Boston following the war before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1946.
“Big Bud” (another nickname) then became actively involved in motor sports in the mid-1950s as an announcer at the now-defunct Grand Rapids Speedrome. He later worked at the Berlin Raceway and the Kalamazoo Speedway until the mid-1960s.
In 1964, while working for the WZZM-TV broadcasting company, he developed a program called “Autoscope”. The show featured local races as well as some national events. “Autoscope” became a local success, and in 1967 Lindemann expanded by forming his own production company, “Car & Track Productions”, owned by Lindemann himself and operated by many of his own family members. Subsequently, he sought to produce the first nationally syndicated television show devoted to motor sports and many additional auto forums. Entitled “Car and Track”, the show was carried by over 160 stations across the country and covered over 250 racing and auto events. In 1975 “Car and Track” ended its eight-year run on CBS. The show was resurrected on the cable network Speedvision (now the SPEED Channel) in 1996.
In 1976, “Car & Track Productions” began producing racing features for major sports shows, including “ABC’s Wide World of Sports” and “CBS Sports Spectacular”. Lindemann also initiated another new trend by producing ten-minute motor sports-related theatrical shorts. It is believed that he continued these until his next creative venture in 1979 when he produced a new series featuring author George Plimpton of “Paper Lion” fame in 1979. Entitled “The Ultimate High”, the program followed George as he participated in various sporting endeavors. Some of these included skydiving, hang gliding, kayaking and windsurfing. Plimton was also filmed driving a Carl Haas Can-Am car and sharing an IndyCar ride with a rookie driver named Bobby Rahal.

The Grand Rapids Press makes reference to the passing of Gordon “Bud” Lindemann from cancer in 1983.

In 1991, Gordon “Bud” Lindemann was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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The 455 motors in …
The 455 motors in these are sweeeeet and very powerful. My friend had the same engine in his Olds 98 and the thing would burn rubber like you wouldn’t believe.

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



Love it.. Great …
Love it.. Great post

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



“trough the pilons …
“trough the pilons course like a ballerina”…the ad is full of this kind of talk, very amusing to hear those retro ads, great post!

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



I have that same …
I have that same car in red. I am glad they did the road test on that car. I am not going to drive mine that way. It does have radials which make a huge difference

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



I have a 71 442 for …
I have a 71 442 for sale. Trying to reach 442 lovers anyway I can. If interested email me at rthoward17@gmail.com car is beautiful, very very clean, I can email pictures and meet other request if needed.

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



I have a 71 442 for …
I have a 71 442 for sale. Trying to reach 442 lovers anyway I can. If interested email me at rthoward17@gmail.com car is beautiful, very very clean, I can email pictures and meet other request if needed.

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



Does that driver …
Does that driver have about the best job in the world?

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



3:46 rocks
3:46 rocks

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



anyone know the hp/ …
anyone know the hp/trq rating on a ’71 rocket 455?

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



I CAN’T GET ENOUGH …
I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS VIDEO I WATCH IT LIKE ITS A TV SHOW EVERY WEEK!

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



everything about …
everything about this sounded awsome till they taped it thru the slalom,, i thought my computer was gonna fall off the table, lol sweet car on skinnies

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



what was the slalom …
what was the slalom speed?

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



No quarter mile …
No quarter mile time?

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



i had a 75 and a 68 …
i had a 75 and a 68. the 68 was tubbed and the 75 wasnt srock. had a 69 455 in it. now heres the thing that made me want to post. does anyone here have any idea just how heavy that 455 is?
for that car to handle the way it did was an enginearing marvel.

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



AMERICA, YEAH! …
AMERICA, YEAH!
{sry, couldn’t resist :-) }

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



love that want the …
love that want the 72

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



Damn the olds a …
the olds a beast

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



Yeah, but how well …
Yeah, but how well does it tack against the wind?

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



gotta love an olds …
gotta love an olds 442!! whata great car

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



i love how they …
i love how they just slam on the brakes for the test haha.

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



3,600 lbs..LOL …
3,600 lbs..LOL thast about what a kia compact weighs nowadays.

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



6.1
6.1

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



That car must have …
That car must have had bologna skins for tires at the end of that trial.

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



my dad had a 71 …
my dad had a 71 cutlass with a 455 out of a 442 in it. that car had a hard pull. there were a lot of stoplight drags in that car back in the late nineties and i don’t ever remember it losing.

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am



You lost me..lol
I …

You lost me..lol
I only know of Singer Island

Posted by | September 11th, 2011 à 10:01 am