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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



Marvin Pifer
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Born
13 / 3 / 1928
Died
4 / 5 / 1974
Marvin Pifer raced sprint cars. His best year was in 1953 when he won 23 out of the 25 IMCA amd CSRA races he entered. He crashed in practice for the Indy 500 in 1956 and was later he was diagnosed with MS brought on by the accident. He died in 1974.

Marvin Pifer was born in Adrian, Michigan and raced sprint cars. His best year was in 1953 when he won 23 out of the 25 IMCA amd CSRA races he entered.

In 1956 he passed his rookie test at Indy but later in the week while practicing, his car got away from him in turn 4 and he hit the wall hard. Apparently parts of his Cromwell helmet wre left imbedded in the cement wall. As a result of that and the severity of his injuries, the Speedway made all drivers switch to the new style Bell helmets.

After two years convalescing, Marvin returned to the Brickyard in 1958, but failed to qualify. He was back again in 1959, and was in the line to qualify on the last day when it started to rain. Unfortunately it didn't stop.

In 1960 Marvin opened a new car dealership in Adrian, Michigan, selling Jeep and Triumph cars.

In 1963 he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis that was brought on by the crash at Indy. By 1968 he was in a wheel chair and four years later he sold the business.

He passed away in 1974.

His grandson, who goes under the same name, also races sprint cars.

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