1953 2 Wrecks From NYSF/Syracuse 100?

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1953 2 Wrecks From NYSF/Syracuse 100?

Post by Jesper Hvid » 3 months ago

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#1:

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#2:

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September 12, 1953

Three “crackups” marred the 100-mile championship race at the 1953 State Fair, killing one spectator and injuring 20 more.

Lawrence Sycell* (sic), 30, of Tallman Street, was killed in the race’s first crash. A car driven by national champion Chuck Stevenson struck another and hurdled over a concrete barrier.

During the second crash, a New York State Trooper named Singleton, rushed out onto to the track when driver Eddie Russo** hit the concrete barrier and flipped six times, breaking both arms, a leg, and collapsing his chest.

While working to extricate Russo, a car turned the corner and barreled into the disabled car, sending the trooper over the wall.

As he was taken to the State Fair hospital, the dazed trooper mumbled, “My .45 revolver…it’s on the track. Someone get it.”

Only 7 of the 18 cars finished the race that day.
http://www.champcarstats.com/races/195309.htm

* = http://motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=7121 <--- "Syrell".

** = Russo's wreck, which I've seen before, and don't understand why I cannot find, here, so must have mislabelled it, but here it is, again:Image
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Post by Michael Ferner » 3 months ago

Without access to my material, I'd say that's probably Syracuse 1953 all right, but not a crash scene - the first picture shows Tommy Hinnershitz helping to push his stricken Sabourin/Offy off the track, and the second possibly the same. ChampCarStats says engine problems.

Correction: the second picture is a different car, maybe the Dunn Engineering #89 which ChampCarStats says wrecked. WIll have to checck at home.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 3 months ago

All the cars listed as wrecked are in turns, and #2 looks like it hit the fence on a straight, and I'm pretty sure it's the backstretch.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 3 months ago

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Precise location of the #2 wreck circled in red. It's just before turn 3, and I'd say that would rule out Fedricks' turn 4 accident.
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