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Uncle Joe Benson at the 2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

April 17 - 19, 2009: Uncle Joe Benson has been part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach every April since 1986. This year, he kicked off the weekend with a Friday broadcast from Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company. Saturday and Sunday mornings found him doing lengthy Meet & Greets at the KLOS Cool Patrol booth with his Championship winning Uncle Joe's Nissan 600ZX race car. Rock & Roll!

(Photos by Jim Sleeper & Jan Benson.)

On air w/the beauty queens.
How about a shot?
Drink this - now!

Starting with his Friday broadcast from Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company, located 200 feet from the apex of Turn Two, J.B. was all over the race course the entire weekend.

Wide shot of Cool Patrol on Sunday.
Hello for the first time.
Proud dad & his daughter.
Hanging w/mom & her girls.
Another TV interview - cool!

Meeting folks and having fun.

Looking at the car.
Talking race cars.
Look at that!
Taking a foto of the engine.

Checking out the Uncle Joe's Nissan 600ZX race car.

Howard & Richie.

A very special visit from legendary Nissan wizards Howard & Richie (who had first worked on Joe's car 14 years earlier). Their first comment upon seeing the Corvette engine in the race car: "You've got too many cylinders!"

Wide shot of Cool Patrol.
Dudes indeed.
Girls girls girls.
Metal dudes rawk!

Nothing like a sunny Saturday Meet & Greet!

Dreaming in the car.
Looking real pretty.
Little kid in the car

Lazy day, dream away.

Terry Clanton, Bruce Flanders & Unc.

Cracking up (uh, no... they were all working!) with long time L.B.G.P. race announcers Terry Clanton and Bruce Flanders.

Wide shot of Cool Patrol.
Hello for the first time.
Pop & his son.
Getting a kiss.

Having fun in Sunday's Meet & Greet.

Boris Said, Unc & Mike Davis.
The Speedway girls - yum!

Fun! Fun! Fun! Drivers Boris Said, Unc & Mike Davis and the Auto Club Speedway crew — yeah!!

Hanging w/Tom Blattler.
Jim Peltz, J.B. & Lewis Franck

Hanging with famed P.R. man Tom Blattler and the actual Press — Jim Peltz of the L.A. Times & ESPN's Lewis Franck.

Corvettes racing.
Porsche & Ferraris racing.
The Speedway girls - yum!

Corvettes, Porsche, Ferraris, Vipers and American LeMans Series prototypes racing on the streets of Long Beach!

God bless the Grid Girls!
Sleeper, Rick Lalor & Unc.

A quick visit (to give J.B. a little static) from CalClub's Grid Girls who were working the event, and hanging with Crew Chief Jim Sleeper and the Auto Club's Rick Lalor.

TV babe indeed.

But if you're interviewing Joe, where is he?

Little kid checking out the engine.

Looks like he's in there!


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