Sport: Death in the Afternoon

Auto road-racing is an old fever with Europeans. Americans have found it less contagious, but since the war a lot of them have been getting the bug. Last week some 125,000 people piled into Watkins Glen, N.Y. to see the Third U.S. Grand Prix—and the first race ever sponsored in the U.S. by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. They took home memories of flashing, underslung, overpowered sport cars roaring down the straightaways at 130 m.p.h. They also took home memories of death.

Foreign-make cars dominated the field of 26 that lined up for the start of the 99-mile grind. French Bugattis and...

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