Posted on: October 1, 2010
Gasoline Alley Unplugged, IMS History, Indy 500
By: Donald Davidson
1964 Parade Lap- Prior to fatal crash involving Eddie Sachs & Dave MacDonald
1964 Parade Lap
Tagged as: 1964, A.J. Foyt, Bobby Marshman, crowd, Dan Gurney, Dave MacDonald, Donald Davidson, Eddie Sachs, Ford, IMS, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis500, Indy500, Jim Clark, Mustang, Pace Car, pace lap, Pagoda, parade lap, pylon, race car, Rodger Ward, tragedy
There are 7 comments for this post.
Donald… isn’t what appears to be ‘brick’ the older paved track, and that in fact turn 1 into the south chute was newly paved? seems that there was a prior to this, a repaired section of Turn 1, a long rectangle with a triangle piece at the end, for years… i don’t see that in this photo.
My dad was a USAC spotter that year, and was in turn 4 when the crash occurred. I have a photo taken from the stands (J maybe?) by a spectator that shows the black smoke rising, and officials running for the fence.
I’d like to add that 1964 was Donald Davidson’s first “500″. It was during that year’s radio broadcast that Sid Collins first introduced his listening audience to Donald’s wealth of knowledge. Donald, you are a Speedway treasure, and certainly worthy of that Hall of Fame induction this past May. All the best to you.
I remember being there in Tower Terrace Extention and the horror of the accident. I also remember how Tom Carnegie announced the fatalities he began by saying, “We regret to make the following announcement.” You could hear a pin drop. I am convinced that A.J. won because no one else wanted to win. A sad, sad day.
I attended this race, yes it was a horrible, overshadowing
accident….overhanging the whole race to the end….
AJ, wound up with the victory being handed to him on a silver platter…..Roger Ward on the outside of the Front row fouled up pit/stop fuel plans, Dan Gurney’s 2nd row
lotus ford was withdrawn after 110 laps for fear that his
tires would fail as happened to Jim Clark on pole.
Llyod Rudy did have the best finish of his career 3rd,but it
wasn’t close at all, AJ was in complete cruise control.
Donald-is this the race where Clark had everyone covered but he was running Dunlops and they chunked off? And was Ward driving a Watson chassis, the Moog St Louis Special or was that 66 when I think he was one?
Well there is that new little car that Ford was debuing for the first time. I was glad to see it replace the Falcon, but wasn’t sure it would catch on… Mustang, I think was what they called it. PS I liked Jim Clark, butI was never so happy as when he coasted to a stop right in front of me in the south chute, with a busted R. Front suspension & badly chunked Dun(f)lops. I hated to hear Parnelli was out with a Pit fire, after leading, but my Hero came through for the Roadster lovers just one last time! Go AJ!
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