AAA, LeMans, USAC, and the Tragic Year of 1955

Sixty years ago, when the calendar flipped to begin 1955, the American Automobile Association began its 54th season as the major sanctioning body for auto racing in the United States.  AAA ran racing with an iron hand and drivers with aspirations of competing at the...

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

As the calendar turns from one year to the next, a typical fan of racing  – at least in the northern parts of the country – is waiting for the return of warmer weather.  But in some areas, the cold winds of winter do not stop racing, they just move it indoors. Already...

Swindell Hangs it Up… Sort of

The report out of Germantown, Tennessee, today is that Sammy Swindell, a  of Fame sprint car driver who has raced for 43 years, has decided to retire from racing, with one exception:  He still plans to race in the Chili Bowl Nationals each January, where he has a...

On Land with the Air Force

Cars and airplanes have been featured together in various venues almost since their respective beginnings. This relationship continues today as exemplified by a web search on the words “wings and wheels” will yield thousands of hits to explore. Additionally, the...

Where’s Waldo?

Most racing fans are familiar with the name of Ken Schrader from his years in NASCAR’s top division, where he has raced more than 730 times.  More fervent fans also know that Schrader has raced, and continues to race, virtually anything on wheels.  At age 59, he shows...
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