He was assumed dead, but was taken to the hospital, where, remarkably, he was revived and found unbroken. From #996 - He seldom pops up in a racing conversation so many decades later, but many old clips refer to Chet Gardner as one of the greatest sprint car drivers ever.
From the late twenties to 1938, he competed coast to coast in AAA competition with such unbelievable energy and success that he became known as the Grand Old Man of Auto Racing.
#1000 - Racer/joker Eddie Sachs, atop the Ray Brady Special at Indy in 1956, said, In 1954 I returned to the track and failed my drivers test.
There have been some men who have failed it once, come back and passed it. Quote and Photo from #999 - There seemed to be a strange foreboding at the Brickyard early in the day of the 1941 500.
But there never has been anyone who has failed twice. Maybe it was due to the cold drizzle that had met incoming fans the night before or maybe it was the national worry about Hitlers action in Europe.
Gardner slammed the wall there and a fence board broke loose, killing a 12-year-old boy. Last weekend the Permatex Follow A Dream funny car was on display right next to the Coastal 181 booth at Frank Marattas Auto and Cycle Show in West Springfield, MA.
Based on Cape Cod, driven by Todd Veney, the 3500hp Hemi won the 2012 NHRA Eastern Region title.