Born on this day (24th - May)

John Bolster

1910 - 1984

Hannu Olavi Mikkola



Guido Pardini

1953 - 2007

Lamberto Leoni


Philip Verellen

1962 - 2002

Ivan Capelli


Ricky Craven


Died on this day (24th - May)

Claude Loraine Barrow

1873 - 1903

Albert Guyot

1881 - 1947

Herbert Müller

1940 - 1981

Dries van der Lof

1919 - 1990

Hitoshi Ogawa

1956 - 1992

Alfonso Garcia de Vinuesa

1958 - 1997

Al Putnam
Al Putnam
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6 / 5 / 1910
15 / 9 / 1946

Al Putnam was born in Tulare, California. He married the widow of William E. "Spider" Matlock, the riding mechanic of Al Gordon, both of whom were killed in a race at Legion Ascot Speedway in Los Angeles in January of 1936.

Al moved to Indianapolis with his wife and two sons and worked as a research engineer for the LGS Spring Clutch Company. He attempted to qualify for the Indy 500 in seven occasions making the grid four times, 1938, 1940, 1941 and 1946. His best finish at the 'Brichyeard' was 12th in 1941.

Putnam was killed during qualifying for the first dirt-car race to be held at the Indiana State Fair. He was on his last warm up lap before attempting to qualify, when he crashed into a concrete bridge support, the steering column crushing his chest causing fatal injuries.

Following his accident racing at the Indiana State Fair was banned, not returning until 1953 when the late Indianapolis Motor Speedway Safety Director Jo Quinn and Indiana businessman Roger Wolcott restored auto racing to the State Fairgrounds.

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