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Born on this day (24th - March)

Liane Engeman

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Louis Disbrow

1888 - 1947


Count Gastone Brilli-Peri

1893 - 1930


Vittorio Stanguellini

1910 - 1981


Eugene Martin

1915


Brian Naylor

1923 - 1989


Steve McQueen

1930 - 1980


Jack McCoy

1938


Roger Mears

1947


Pierre Dieudonné

1947


Sean Walker

1958


Scott Pruett

1960


Gary Paffett

1981



Died on this day (24th - March)

Roger Loyer

1907 - 1988


Bob Said

1932 - 2002


Hans Klenk

1919 - 2009


Tony Birchenhough

1934 - 2014



Larry Crockett
Larry Crockett
Crash
UNITED STATES

Born
23 / 10 / 1926
Died
20 / 3 / 1955
Crockett was Rookie of the Year at Indy in 1954 and was on his way to being one of the premier drivers of that era when was killed in a sprint car race at Langhorne the following year.

Larry Crockett was born in Cambridge City, Indiana, United States. Nicknamed "Crash" because of frequent racing mishaps during his early career. He drove for Dan Wall at tracks like the old Columbus Speedway and soon lost his sobriquet, manoeuvring smoothly through the turns while other drivers seemed to be constantly fighting the steering wheel.

Larry Crockett, who also drove for Lowell Walls, qualified 25th for his first Indianapolis 500 in 1954. Driving the Federal Engineering Special Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser, he finished ninth, picking up Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

He was on his way to being one of the premier drivers of that era when he was tragically killed driving an Eagle Offy in the AAA Eastern Inaugural Sweepstakes sprint car race at the Langhorne (PA) Speedway the following spring.





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