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Long Beach Photos by David Liu - This David Liu page has another 32 photographs from different parts of Long Beach.

Queen Mary Posters and Prints

Long Beach has been home to the Queen Mary since 1967. She is one of the biggest passenger ships in the world. Her Maiden Voyage was in 1936 and she served in World War II before resuming passenger service in 1947. The R.M.S. stood for Royal Mail Ship but it is not used anymore as she is not longer in service.
James Flood - Rms Queen Mary 1939
Rms Queen Mary 1939
James Flood
29 in x 21 in
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Jarvis - Queen Mary
Queen Mary
Jarvis
18 in x 24 in
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Long Beach Grand Prix

The Long Beach Grand Prix has taken place every year since 1973. The April 11th issue of the Los Angeles Times wrote about what the race has meant to the city of Long Beach in the One Man Had Street Smarts article by Shav Glick. The caption sums things up saying, "Dismissed three decades ago as 'silly,' 'crazy' and 'nuts,' Pook's vision of a race through downtown Long Beach has become a piece of Americana."
The article starts out by going back in time. "Sometime in the fall of 1973, Dan Gurney was showing a couble of visitors through his All American Racers shop in Santa Ana when he casually asked, 'What would you guys think of a Formula One race in Long Beach?' Glick goes on to talk about the race in today's terms versus those 30 years ago. "Thirty years ago, Ocean Boulevard wasn't the businesslike thoroughfare it is today with its fahionable hotels, its World Trade Center and Wells Fargo building. Then it was largely seedy bars, porn parlors and pawn shops catering to servicemen."
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"Only the Long Beach Arena, Rainbow Lagoon and an underconstruction Convention Center and Auditorium were inside the two-mile track. There was no sign of a Hyatt Regency hotel.
Race day was like nothing ever experienced in downtown Long Beach. Of the estimated 75,000 spectators, about 20,000 were outside the circuit, hanging from the balconies, rooftops and windows of the Kona, the Breakers and the International Tower, many with cool drinks in hand.
It was not lost on citizens that cars were screaming at 170 mph down streets posted with a 40 mph speed limit."

One cannot talk about racing without mentioning Mario Andretti. He won the Long Beach event in 1977 and is mentioned in the article. "Mario Andretti, who proved to be the catalyst for the success of the event when he won the Long Beach race in 1977 and the Formula One championship the following year, was as skeptical as the rest of us."
The article comes to a close by talking about some of the changes with the Long Beach Grand Prix. "There were major changes in 1983. Development along Ocean Boulevard - thanks in part to the city's race inspired new image - prompted movement of the course off the main thoroughfare, and that year's race was also the last for Formula One.
Pook decided that paying to transport Ecclestone's Formula One traveling circus to Long Beach was too expensive and traded in his $2 million payout to F1 for a $500,000 investment in CART Indy cars."

One of the intersting captions notes that the first Long Beach Grand Prix in 1975 was a Formula 5000 race. It goes on to note that the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1976 was a Formula One. Finally, it reveals that the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1984 was with Indy cars.

Long Beach and Queen Mary Photos

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Long Beach Harbor

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Queen Mary
Seaport Sign

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Queen Mary Hotel

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Queen Mary Bushes

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Long Beach Harbor
Whale Painting

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Long Beach Harbor
Spruce Goose Dome

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Harbor With Queen Mary in Background
By Daniel Nudel

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Lighthouse
By Daniel Nudel

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Queen Mary
By Daniel Nudel

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Long Beach Architecture
By Daniel Nudel

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