Al Gordon was killed during a Bill White-promoted two-man Championship car race, held at the Legion Ascot Speedway. He had pitted on lap 116 when the right rear wheel collapsed on his #6 Wetteroth-Offenhauser "Cocktail Hour Cigarette Special" Indy car. After 10 more laps Gordon spun and crashed backwards through the south turn guard rail, and down an embankment. Both Gordon and his riding mechanic, William "Spider" Matlock, were badly injured. Gordon, 33, died during the night and Matlock, 34, died one day later.
The track, infamous for its dangerous (and often deadly) reputation, was closed immediately afterwards, never to reopen.
|Series||American Automobile Association (AAA) (Non-Championship)|
|Circuit||Legion Ascot Speedway|
|Also Involved||Spider Matlock (Riding mechanic)|
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