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From #991 - Geoff Bodine ran a Pinto-bodied modified in 1981.
But he decided to go in a different direction in time for the Thompson 300 in early September, and put a Cavalier body on his #99 White Tornado. The new body-style stuck, and by 1983 Cavaliers were everywhere. For many years, modifieds had been built from junkyard parts and ingenuity, but almost overnight they turned into store-bought race cars.
Over 240 riders have been killed on the course, six in 1970 alone.
Conor Cummins, a soft-spoken Manxman, is the local hero.
Apparently fumes from fuel in George Barringers car were ignited by a torch being used in the next stall.
Fire trucks were unable to access the inferno quickly because of the huge crowds, and half of one of the two garage structures was completely destroyed.
There have been some men that failed once and never came back.
But in the same event two years later, driver Wild Willie Borsch must have seemed stunningly impressive to photographer Bob Mc Clurg.(Dave Bushley Collection) #997 - Things were fairly uneventful at the Fifth International Grand Prix in Santa Monica, CA, 100 years ago last month. John Marquis and his mechanic, Harry Hough, were leading and lookin good.They had fueled their Sunbeam big time, hoping to run the event non-stop.However, they caught a rut, and the flipping began. Meanwhile Marquis rode it out with the car, which ended up right on top of him.He was assumed dead, but was taken to the hospital, where, remarkably, he was revived and found unbroken. From #996 - He seldom pops up in a racing conversation so many decades later, but many old clips refer to Chet Gardner as one of the greatest sprint car drivers ever.