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Born on this day (25th - March)

Washington Roebling

1881 - 1912


Karl von Waldthausen

1907 - 1933


1911 - 1988


Breno Fornari

1925


Don Freeland

1925 - 2007


Fritz d'Orey

1938


Tom Weickardt

1947


Butch Lindley

1948 - 1990


Giniel de Villiers

1972


Danica Sue Patrick

1982



Died on this day (25th - March)

Billy Cotton

1899 - 1969


Juan Gaudino

1893 - 1975



Alex Xydias
Alex Xydias
UNITED STATES

Born
22 / 3 / 1922
Born in Los Angeles, Xydias was an influential figure in the early days of the auto racing sport involving hot rods. In 1946, immediately after Xydias was discharged from the United States Army Air Corps after serving as a B-17 engineer, he opened the So-Cal Speed Shop in Burbank, one of the first hot rod shops in Southern California. In 1950, he was the first person to break the 200 mph barrier with his hot rod named the "So-cal-Streamliner". He was also a moviemaker back in the days before TV the way you saw the Indy 500 or Sebring was to go see Xydias footage shot at the event. Xydias would shoot it, process it, and show it in a local theater soon afterward.