Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Eddie Sachs & Dave MacDonald Killed During Indy 500 - May 30, 1964

May 28, 1927 – May 30, 1964
Eddie Sachs
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA.
Sachs was known as the "Clown Prince of Auto Racing." He coined the phrase "If you can't win, be spectacular." His career included eight USAC Championship Trail wins, 25 top-five finishes in 65 career AAA and USAC starts, including the 1958 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Championship. He was an eight time starter of the Indianapolis 500, 1957–64, winning the pole position in 1960 and 1961, with his best finish being second in 1961. Leading the race with only three laps to go, he saw his right rear tire begin to delaminate and pitted, handing victory to A.J. Foyt.

July 23, 1936 - May 30, 1964
Dave MacDonald
(By Vintagesportscars (family photo at home)
Born in El Monte, California, USA.
Dave was a road racing champion noted for his successes driving Corvettes and Shelby Cobras in the early 1960s. In his four-year racing career, MacDonald competed in 115 races with 47 victories and 69 top-three finishes.

MacDonald was inducted into the 2014 class of the National Corvette Museum's Corvette Hall of Fame.

May 30th, 1964
Before noon on May 30th, 1964, the Indy 500 was stopped for the first time in history by an accident. Seven cars had crashed in a fiery wreck, killing two drivers, and threatening the very future of the 500.

Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500
Black Noon chronicles one of the darkest and most important days in auto-racing history. As rookie Dave MacDonald came out of the fourth turn and..more
Black Noon by Art Garner (Author)

2 comments:

  1. I remember Eddie Sachs very well.He and my dad were friends.He drove sprints at Salem and Winchester.Mom dad and I were always there.Eddie most always came over to our spot in the infield for lunch.Always sat just between one and two.

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  2. I remember Eddie Sachs very well.He and my dad were friends.He drove sprints at Salem and Winchester.Mom dad and I were always there.Eddie most always came over to our spot in the infield for lunch.Always sat just between one and two.

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