About a month ago, Randy Anderson made a road trip that took him from his home in Lakewood, to Warren, Pa., through the Allegheny National Forest and, ultimately, to Brockway, Pa.
Once there, Anderson met up with 83-year-old Stanley L. ''Squirt'' Johns.
''Let's go for a ride,'' Squirt told Anderson.
Squirt Johns is seen at the wheel of his No. 511 Dodge after a feature win at Stateline Speedway in 1963.
So the men hopped in Squirt's pickup truck and they rode around town.
''Literally, everybody was tooting their horn and yelling, 'Squirt, Squirt,''' Anderson marveled. ''Everybody knew him.''
That's hardly surprising.
After all, Squirt, whose auto racing career spanned from 1950 through 1974, was one of the finest, and most popular, drivers on tracks throughout Pennsylvania and New York.
That was particularly the case at Stateline Speedway in Busti where he racked up victories, championships and fans in equal measure.
''If you look at the list of Late Model winners (there),'' Anderson said, ''No. 1 on that list is Bobby Schnars, No. 2 is Dick Barton and No. 3 is Squirt Johns, and Squirt hasn't raced there in 43 years.
''Think of all the drivers who have come and gone? ... He's on the Mount Rushmore of drivers. When you put four pictures up there, Squirt is on it.''
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Anderson, along with fellow Lakewood residents Greg Peterson and Randy Sweeney, produced their initial auto racing documentary, Stateline Speedway - The First Ten Years (1956-64), a few years ago. The first former driver they interviewed for that film was Squirt.
''Greg, Randy and I went to Brockway and we did a two-hour interview,'' said Anderson, a local race historian. ''We just got so much information from him.''
That ''information'' has turned into the trio's latest film called, appropriately enough, ''Squirt.'' The documentary, which chronicles Squirt's racing career, will premiere at 2 p.m., Nov. 3 at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. 4th St., Jamestown.
''In the summer of 2012,'' Anderson said, ''I was at an oldtimers' racing banquet in Cuba Lake. I was talking to Squirt and he said, 'Come out to my car, I've got something for you.' He opened the trunk and he gave me this huge cardboard box.''
Inside, was all of Squirt's racing memorabilia.
''This is my racing career,'' he told Anderson. ''Everything I have is in this box. Take it home and do what you want with it.''
Noted Anderson: ''Once I started scanning and digitizing things that Squirt felt were significant, we really had a story.''
A movie wasn't far behind.
Written and produced by Anderson, Peterson and Sweeney, the 55-minute documentary highlights Squirt's many racing accomplishments. Included in the film are videotaped interviews with Squirt and dozens of other racers, the priceless picture collection of the late racing photographer Gordon Mahan, and vintage home movies.
''The reason Squirt didn't race at Stateline past 1970 was because he got hurt working in his garage (in Brockway),'' Anderson said. ''He was changing a U-joint in somebody's truck and a little piece of metal came off the car and went through his eye, clear to the retina. ... He never raced again at Stateline. He tried to make a comeback near where he lived, but he just wasn't the same.
''At the time he quit, he was the all-time feature winner (at Stateline). He had won more races than (Schnars) at the time of the injury. Had he continued, who knows what kind of standard he would have been able to set?''
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... And pushing the field is last week's winner, driving the orange and black number 511 Dodge, from faraway Brockway, Squirt Johns!
Those words by Lloyd Williams, track announcer at Stateline, were music to the ears of race fans from 1957-1970.
''He was really good with the fans,'' Anderson said, ''particularly the kids. After a race, his first order of business was always to greet the fans, sign autographs and take a photo. They'd open the gate and let people come out on the race track. Kids would climb into Squirt's car and lay across the trunk, and he would drive those kids from the race track into the pits.
''The car was just covered with kids.''
It was a sign of a bygone era.
''In the movie,'' Anderson recalled ''Squirt said there's not an insurance company in the world that would allow that anymore. Then he got serious and said, 'I was proud to do it.'''
Anderson, Peterson and Sweeney are proud to have made the film.
''It's really a joint effort,'' Anderson said. ''We work well together. We hope to sell copies of Squirt's film to finance future movies.''
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The film is a production of the Stateline Legacy Fund of Jamestown, in cooperation with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. There will be no admission charged for the premiere on Nov. 3. DVD copies of the film will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Anderson at 640-6219.