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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



Ernie Triplett
Ernie Triplett
UNITED STATES

Born
? / ? / 1906
Died
4 / 3 / 1934
Triplett was a popular Indy 500 racing figure for several years. Drove at the Brickyard five times with a best finish of 7th in 1931. At El Centro in 1934 Ernie Triplett came out of retirement for a comeback effort. On the 7th lap a car stalled in the groove. Swede Smith hit the car and did a slow roll. Hap Hafferly, Swede's pit hand went to the rescue. He ran in front of Triplett who swerved in an unsuccessful attempt to miss him. Triplett hit Smith's machine and within hours Smith, and Hafferly were dead. triplett sucumbed to his injuries teh next day. Even more happened in the aftermath, notably the infamous incident where one of Randolph Hearst's photographers burst in on Triplett's funeral and took photos of Triplett's widow and children and Triplett's body in the coffin before leaving the church followed by some drivers who chased him down, roughed him up and smashed his camera.