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Born on this day (27th - March)

Louis LeCocq

1892 - 1919


Cale Yarborough

1939


Garcia Veiga

1945


Didier de Radiguès

1958


Mark Lovell

1960 - 2003


Parker Johnstone

1961


Gregor Foitek

1965


David Coulthard

1971



Died on this day (27th - March)

Tom Alley

1889 - 1953


Heinz Schiller

1930 - 2007



Mark Billman
Mark Billman
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UNITED STATES

Born
10 / 3 / 1905
Died
30 / 5 / 1933
Mark Billman won many races in Indiana and Ohio in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He died in a terrible crash in the 1933 Indy 500.

Mark Billman was from Indianaoplis, he had won many races in Indiana and Ohio in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He had a bad crash while racing at the Black Demon Speedway north of Terre Hautein 1929 which left him with a pronounced limp as one leg was shorter than the other.

He was killed in the 1933 Indinanapolis 500, his only start in the race. Whenhe lost control of his Kemp-Mannix Duesenberg on the seventy-ninth lap. He hit the outside wall in the southeast turn and the car came to rest astride the wall. Billman was trapped between the left front wheel and the wall and it took 20 minutes to extracate him. His injuries were terrible, his left arm had been torn off, both his legs were broken and he had suffered internally injuries. In spite of blood transfusions, he died an hour later.

His mechanic, Elmer Lombard, was thrown fifty feet however, though he suffered burns and lacerations to his legs along with internal injuries, he survived.

 

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