Category archives for: A Lesson in History

Harry Gant Will Long Be Known As ‘Mr. September’

Harry Gant Will Long Be Known As ‘Mr. September’

Major League Baseball had “Mr. October.”
Reggie Jackson was instrumental in helping teams he played with in key games in playoffs and the World Series,…

Lance Reventlow Created The Scarab Racing Cars

Lance Reventlow Created The Scarab Racing Cars

His mother was Woolworths heiress Barbara Hutton. He was married, for a time, to actress Jill St. John. Cary Grant was a stepfather. The…

Californian Ivan Baldwin Could Make A Stock-Car Chassis Work

Californian Ivan Baldwin Could Make A Stock-Car Chassis Work

One of the top stock-car racers to come out of Southern California, Ivan “The Terrible” Baldwin was the scourge of the Southern California NASCAR…

Granatelli’s Plymouth Wins First Dover Indy-Car Race

Granatelli’s Plymouth Wins First Dover Indy-Car Race

Plymouth is not a name often associated with Indy-car racing. On Aug. 24, 1969, however, not only did a Plymouth-powered car win an Indy-car…

Tommy Houston Was Among Greats Out Of Hickory, N.C.

Tommy Houston Was Among Greats Out Of Hickory, N.C.

Tommy Houston grew up in a North Carolina county that was tradition-rich in motorsports history.
A native of Hickory, N.C., in Catawba County, Houston is…

Mel Hansen Became Frequent Midget Winner

Mel Hansen Became Frequent Midget Winner

One of the first midget racers to graduate to Indianapolis, Mel Hansen enjoyed great success on the nation’s ovals until a crash ended his…

Seneca Lodge Has Been Racing Landmark For 60 Years

Seneca Lodge Has Been Racing Landmark For 60 Years

HOME TO RACERS: The Seneca Lodge In Watkins Glen, N.Y., has hosted racers for 60 years. (Seneca Lodge Photo) The first stop for Will…

Rickenbacker Was A Racer On And Off The Track

Rickenbacker Was A Racer On And Off The Track

DRIVING ACE: Eddie Rickenbacker and his co-driver prior to the 1916 Indianapolis 500. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Photo)Long before Ohio-born Eddie Rickenbacker was America’s Ace…

Santa Fe Speedway Had Long History In Chicago

Santa Fe Speedway Had Long History In Chicago

STOCKER: Santa Fe Speedway star Bill Van Allen used a Studebaker Lark to capture the track’s late-model title in 1963. (Vince Mayer Photo) Perhaps…

‘The Peruvian Flash’ Was Brief But Shining Star

‘The Peruvian Flash’ Was Brief But Shining Star

INDY MAN: Manny Ayulo after qualifying for his fourth and final Indy 500 in 1954. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) Manny Ayulo is sadly forgotten today,…

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