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#1934  -  That was the Borg Warner trophy at the time of the start of the ’59 Indy 500. The next visage to be embossed on it would be the day’s winner, Rodger Ward. Back then roadsters ruled the day, red-leather seats were popular, and white gloves were fashionable. But some things never change. Chief Steward Harlan Fengler’s appreciation for race queen Erin O’Brien is obvious, as everyone’s would be today. From UNITED STATES AUTO CLUB RACING PICTORIAL – 1959. (Ray Mann Photo)
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#1933  -  That’s Joe Leonard in the Nomex and Parnelli Jones in the headgear, checking out the right front. Here’s what Dan Gurney had to say about Leonard’s arrival at Indy: “In order to pass his rookie test, he had to pass a mandatory physical examination and vision test administered by Dr. Thomas Hanna, the esteemed medical authority at the Speedway. And Joe had a flaw and a big one, very poor eyesight. Without passing, Joe would not get permission to race. I took it upon myself to lobby and convince old Doc Hanna to let him take his driver’s test anyway. Doc could not let Joe pass without compromising Speedway regulations. But he had wisdom and he looked at Joe’s racing achievements which belied his lack of reasonable vision and tried to find a solution. He came up with some special Coke-bottle glasses for Joe to wear, which enabled him to pass his vision and rookie tests with flying colors. We called them the two-and-half milers. From that day forward, when Joe showed up in Gasoline Alley early in the morning, we greeted him by singing, ‘Jose can you see?’” Photo from As A Matter Of Fact, I Am Parnelli Jones, by Bones Bourcier (Hugh Baird Photo, Parnelli Jones Collection), Quote from INDY 500 MEMORIES: An Oral History of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” by Art Garner and Marc B. Spiegel
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