• Short Summary

    The ancient Roman sport of chariot racing has recently been revived by a well-known American sportsman, Mr Bill Veeck, at his Suffolk Downs racetrack near Boston.

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    The ancient Roman sport of chariot racing has recently been revived by a well-known American sportsman, Mr Bill Veeck, at his Suffolk Downs racetrack near Boston.

    Mr Veeck bought four of the chariots in the recent auctions of props, sets and costumes by the M.G.M. Film studios, in Hollywood. the fifth was in payment for a speaking engagement at the Las Vegas nightclub "Caesar's Palace."
    The jockeys were local radio disc-"jockeys" and they were colourful Roman togas in place of racing silks. Since thoroughbred horses couldn't pull the heavy chariots, five teams of good-looking work-horses, who usually pull crowds on hay-rides, were used instead.

    According to the programme notes at the Suffolk Downs racetrack, the half-mile heats (0.8 kilometres) were for "maiden horses who had not won a race since 620 BC"
    Although the racing was gimmick, the promoter Mr Veeck was wise enough to know that with inexperienced drivers anything could happen and a bright-red ambulance was never far away.

    The two heat winners met in the final to decide the winner. The prize at stake was GBP250 sterling (600 U.S. dollars).

    The winner was Don Latulippe and in addition to his prize money he received the victor's laurel wreath and a bunch of juicy grapes.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA177FONC8MLTRVVAN2L1ULFLQS
    Media URN:
    VLVA177FONC8MLTRVVAN2L1ULFLQS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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