We do not normally show and car or racing crashes but in this case are going to make an exception as fortunately no one was hurt. We were able to obtain a postcard that racing driver Tom Alley sent to his cousin after the race. He was telling her how he faired when the “wheels caved in” on the McFarlan on the 64 th lap. The car in the George Bain photo above is parked in the spot on the postcard that he marked with an X. Alley was a relief driver at the time for Mel Marquette.
Ralph DePalma drove one of the most dominating races in history after leading laps 3 to 196. He was leading by 5 1/2 laps at the time, when his Mercedes suffered a broken connecting rod, just 1 1/4 laps from the victory. Joe Dawson in his National took the lead and went on to victory by leading just two laps, as DePalma and his riding mechanic bravely got out of the car and pushed it down the entire length of the front-stretch.
Watch the video below courtesy of Road & Track, with Bobby Rahal and Peter Egan as they discuss the car, the race and take it out on the track. Photo of Dawson below and DePalma and his mechanic from the Peter Helck Collection, courtesy of Racemaker Press.