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In 1907 Fred Marriott tried to break his own record and hit a rut in the sand at 150mph. He was injured, lost an eye and never raced again. Rumor has it that the car remains were buried in the sand on the beach only to be recovered at a later date 

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On June 19, 1919 racing mechanics Fred Comer (left) and Harry Hartz posed in front of the Tacoma Motor Car Company building at 945 Market with two of the cars entered in the annual July 4th races held at the Tacoma Speedway. At this time in racing, the mechanics both worked on the cars and rode with the drivers during the race. Mechanics were frequently killed along with their drivers in crashes. The car to the left is a Chevrolet Special, in actuality a modified Stutz, built and owned by millionaire sportsman Cliff Durant. The second car is a Durant Special, designed and built by Cliff Durant but owned by veteran racer Eddie Hearne. Cliff Durant was the son of William Durant, who founded General Motors,

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2 hours ago, Robert G. Smits said:

In 1907 Fred Marriott tried to break his own record and hit a rut in the sand at 150mph. He was injured, lost an eye and never raced again. Rumor has it that the car remains were buried in the sand on the beach only to be recovered at a later date 

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That was the story of Babs the racer.

 

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1 hour ago, AHa said:

After 40 years in the beach sand, it was running two years later. Turns out the aluminum body saved the steel.

 

I remember reading that the motor was replaced during the restoration.

 

Howard Dennis

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20 hours ago, AHa said:

1906 Darracq

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Notice the size of those headlights!

 

 

I suspect that this is the same car - or at least the engine crankcase is the same.

 

Long story - some of which I know through being acquainted with one of the car's owners - which must be on the net somewhere.  

 

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While there are some similarities, there are definite differences between the two cars. You cannot, however, set us up with this long story and then not tell it.

 

Here is the 1905 V8 car,

1905 Darracq 200 | Review | SuperCars.net

And the same car today. The brainchild of Paul Ribeyrolles, the car was bought by Algernon Guinness around 1906 and he kept the car till his death in 1954. Gerald Firkin bought the car and kept it til 2006 when it was purchased by Mark Walker who owns the car today.

 

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moving up to a more modern day photo, this was taken at the old Fairgrounds Raceway in Richmond, Va., the Spring NASCAR race, May 1966. Waiting to qualify, me in Worth McMillion's  # 83, 1965 Pontiac and Curtis Turner driving Smokey Yunick's number 22, 1965 Chevrolet. This photo was taken from the announcers stand, interesting to enlarge the photo and see the crude wiring etc.  Wonder how many of todays high paid announcers in their air conditioned booths could broadcast from here?

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