• Short Summary

    Strongest news event from Indianapolis during the 500 mile Memorial Day annual race May 30 came not from the cars or the drivers but the collapse of a makeshift stand erected by outside-the-course profiteers to house the fans.

  • Description


    Band of Purdue University Lafayette Indiana.



    Parade lap, and pace lap.



    Scaffold similar to that which fell.



    Fallen Scaffold, injured on ground.



    Ward into pits (it was this pit stop which cost him the race he stalled twice trying to get out.



    DUANE CARTER Spins



    Chuck Stevenson spins



    Eddie Russo being carried from dama ed car



    Rathmann sweves into pit - crowd jumps



    Rathmann (winner) being congratulated.



    All interspersed with shots of racing showing the duel between Rathmann and Ward.




    Initials PC/V/CW


    SPORT: MOTOR RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Strongest news event from Indianapolis during the 500 mile Memorial Day annual race May 30 came not from the cars or the drivers but the collapse of a makeshift stand erected by outside-the-course profiteers to house the fans. One of them, no more substantial than a small builder's scaffold, collapsed as the race was about to begin, killed two, and injured more than 70.

    In the race - the 44th Annual 500 Mile Indianapolis Speedway Race -Jim Rathmann, a second place finisher on three previous occasions, outfought defending champion Rodger Ward in a hub to hub dual for the last 250 miles. His average speed was a record 138.857 mph., beating the record set last year by Ward of 135.857 mph. Only sixteen of the 33 starters was running at the finish. Rathmann, 31, from Miami Florida drove car No. 4, a pale blue Ken Paul Special. Rodger Ward came second, Paul Goldsmith third.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABBIJR0M12RRL8ORNL3C7YDIDM
    Media URN:
    VLVABBIJR0M12RRL8ORNL3C7YDIDM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/06/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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