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Preserving Sheboygan County History & Records

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center (SCHRC), located in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, specializes in the preservation and storage of written records of all of Sheboygan County and the surrounding area.

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Sheboygan County Historical Research Center

518 Water Street
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085


Closed Thursday, November 23, 2017 for Thanksgiving


For ten days in May of 1968 Hollywood came to Sheboygan County. Excitement ran high as Paul Newman and the cast and crew of the movie, “Winning” arrived in Elkhart Lake to film part of the two hour flick centered on racing. Co-stars Robert Wagner and Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward were only slightly less interesting than old blue eyes himself.

The plot of the movie was pretty typical; hero wins the race, hero eventually gets the girl, albeit with a bit of a twist. Newman played Frank Capua, a struggling race car driver determined to turn things around by winning the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500. Wagner was his rival in racing and romance, and Joanne Woodward the object of that romance.

A news release of the time joked that the filming of the $10-million picture by Universal International was the biggest thing to hit the Kettle Moraine since the glacier that formed it. That was certainly possible, the plot may have been predictable, but the production was anything but typical for the locals.

Central to filming, Road America was the site of the fictitious Redburne 200. Crews spent four days there, filming race scenes. Both Newman and Wagner attended the Bob Bondurant racing school to prepare for the movie, but only Newman did the race scenes himself, no stunt driver for him. It was here that he fell hard and fast for racing. Less than three years after the movie wrapped, he was back in a race car creating a successful second career as a driver. After he started racing he never did another film between April and October.

One of the best scenes filmed at Road America has Newman taking the victory stand after his win framed by the iconic, red-roofed pagoda that once served as press box, scoring headquarters and officials' stand for many years.

Although filming was plagued by bad weather and rain, and clouds and fog delayed shooting by two days, the locals who were hired as extras sure had fun.    
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