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Born on this day (29th - April)

Cal Niday

1916 - 1988


Hugh Dibley

1937


Jerry Karl

1941 - 2008


Dale Earnhardt

1957 - 2001


Chad Little

1963


Marcel Albers

1967 - 1992


Ryan Sharp

1979



Died on this day (29th - April)

Baron Pierre de Crawhez

1874 - 1925


Theo Helfrich

1913 - 1978


Bob Akin

1936 - 2002


Rob Walker

1917 - 2002


Chuck Daigh

1923 - 2008



Gordon Reid
Gordon Reid
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UNITED STATES

Born
11 / 8 / 1923
Died
20 / 4 / 1952

Originally from Portland, Oregon, United States, Gordon Reid began his career at age twenty-two racing midget cars at the Carrell Speedway in Gardena, Los Angeles, CA.

He later moved to racing roadsters in the CRA - California Racing Association. In 1949 he moved East with Jack Beckley to join the AAA midget championship.

In 1951 Reid attempted but failed to qualify for his first Indy 500 in a Chevrolet-engined Silnes. Later that year he began racing sprint cars. The following year it was at the wheel of a sprint car that he would suffer a fatal accident at the Dayton Speedway.

The crash, in which two spectators and a security guard also lost their lives, might have been caused by a missing steering key pin in Reid's car. A few witnesses said that just before the crash they saw Reid holding onto the steering wheel which had come loose from its column.

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