historicracing

Born on this day (25th - April)

Arthur Chevrolet

1884 - 1946


Herb Ardinger

1910 - 1973


Jean Lucas

1917 - 2003


Sergio Sighinolfi

1925 - 1956


Hans Laine

1945 - 1970


Vicente Alberto Pernía

1949


Cor Euser

1957


Duncan Dayton

1959


Klaus Panchyrz

1963


1965


Felipe Massa

1981



Died on this day (25th - April)

Frank Lockhart

1903 - 1928


Fred Frame

1894 - 1962


1934 - 1965


1895 - 1972


Michele Alboreto

1956 - 2001


John Love

1924 - 2005


Archie Bryde

1919 - 2008



Allen Heath
Allen Heath
UNITED STATES

Born
18 / 1 / 1918
Died
6 / 3 / 1981
Lost a hand in an accident in 1953 and continued to race with a prosthesis. Heath won the Pacific Coast Championship in 1961, he was the URA Champion in 1950 and 1958 and won the Washington State Title in 1946 and 1947.

Allen Heath's career spanned both the AAA and USAC eras. The veteran from Northridge, California was a AAA standout until an accident at Schererville, Indiana in 1953 resulted in the loss of a hand.

Continuing his career with the aid of a hook, he became one of the most flamboyant drivers of the time and was a regular in west coast USAC events in the mid-1960s, finishing in the top 20 in the National standings in 1963, 1964 and 1965 without leaving the coast.

After losing his hand, he was fitted with a first of its kind prosthesis and spent many hours working with the doctors in testing it. He also worked with veterans and other amputees and was a fine example to them.

Heath won the Pacific Coast Championship in 1961. He was the URA Champion in 1950 and 1958 and won the Washington State Title in 1946 and 1947. In 1958 he won a 500-mile midget race held on the road course at Riverside, California.

He suffered a fatal heart attack.