Apparently fumes from fuel in George Barringers car were ignited by a torch being used in the next stall.
Fire trucks were unable to access the inferno quickly because of the huge crowds, and half of one of the two garage structures was completely destroyed.
In 2010 he had a horrendous crash, literally launching him down the mountain. Though Cummins had to fight mightily to overcome depression and to heal his thoroughly broken body, there was little question for anyone that he would be back. From #993 - Around the turn into the 1960s, a buoyant early supermodified wave flowed over the Northwest at facilities such as Portland (Oregon) Speedway.
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.
In any case, just as lines formed at the ticket booths, a huge fire swept through the garages.
From #991 - Geoff Bodine ran a Pinto-bodied modified in 1981.
But he decided to go in a different direction in time for the Thompson 300 in early September, and put a Cavalier body on his #99 White Tornado. The new body-style stuck, and by 1983 Cavaliers were everywhere. For many years, modifieds had been built from junkyard parts and ingenuity, but almost overnight they turned into store-bought race cars.
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.
It all came to an end, however, time-trialing at Flemington, NJ, on September 3, 1938.(Dave Bushley Collection) #997 - Things were fairly uneventful at the Fifth International Grand Prix in Santa Monica, CA, 100 years ago last month. John Marquis and his mechanic, Harry Hough, were leading and lookin good.They had fueled their Sunbeam big time, hoping to run the event non-stop.There have been some men that failed once and never came back.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.Based on Cape Cod, driven by Todd Veney, the 3500hp Hemi won the 2012 NHRA Eastern Region title.