Auto Racing: Safe at Any Speed?


"Let me sit down," gasped that grand old daredevil Ray Harroun, as he clambered from his Marmon Wasp after winning the first Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 74.59 m.p.h. Not finding any place else to sit, Harroun climbed back into his car and nearly fainted dead away.

That was half a century ago. Today the posted speed limit on the Kansas Turnpike is 80 m.p.h. "Comet," "Tempest" and "Fury" are synonyms for "car." Legislators in Washington are worried about too much speed and too little safety, and the U.S. Automobile is praised more faintly than the Teen-Ager and the...

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