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Swaps vs. Nashua 1955 Match Race DVD
On August 31, 1955, big rivals Swaps, winner of the Kentucky Derby, and Nashua, who was second as the favorite, met for a match race at Washington Park in Chicago going a mile and a quarter. Swaps was the pride of California while Nashua was the best on the east coast. A crowd of 35,262 came to witness the race and Nasua won by six and a half lengths in 2:04 1/5.
I had the good fortune to purchase a canister of film with a color newsreel about the match race a few years back and had it coverted to video. It is almost 14 minutes long and includes lots of background info, scenes of the crowd at the track, and the entire match race. This is a real gem that any real racing fan would appreciate. The video quality of the beginning is a bit washed out, likely from the outer layer of film deteriorating over time, but after the first few seconds it is fine.
Included on the DVD as a free bonus is an almost 29 minute long show "The Way It Was: The Race of the Century" that was first broadcast on PBS back in 1975. Hosted by Curt Gowdy with guests Win Elliot (who hosted the TV broadcast of the match race), Eddie Arcaro, and Bill Shoemaker, they discuss the 1955 Triple Crown races as well as the match race. This is a great companion to the newsreel as it gives insights from the actual participants.
The DVD is regionless so should play on any DVD player in any country. It was recorded on DVD +R media with the label burned on with LightScribe using images inspired by the actual program of the race.
Shipping is via Canada Post and is included in the prices below, so pick the version for where you want it shipped. Any customs charges are the responsibility of the buyer. Shipping times vary by location, but for the US it is generally 5 to 10 business days and for other countries 10 to 15 business days. If you need one quicker, email me and I will get a price for you based on the location.
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