Looks like he has some work to do before next week's race!
Broken axle. Is it the cause or the result of the wreck?
Not much room left for the driver unless he was already ejected.
I think they needed to change the name
from Miss Miami to Miss Hap.
Missed Miami and hit the race car !
Funny & witty, Keith !!!
Here's a photo before the mishap.
Richard Petty's first racer?? No. 43
I hope he isn't far from home trying to haul what looks to be a wagon with no tongue?? Bud
Trailers is one of the interesting tidbits of speedster/racer history. Very few owners or drivers back in those days had a trailer or tow vehicle to transport their car to or from racing venues. The usual practice was to prepare the car at their home or shop, then drive the car to the racing start. This is one of the main reasons why so many racing cars had headlamps. Then, HOPEFULLY, the car would still be running and driveable enough after the race to drive it home again.
If a car broke down, but remained on four good wheels, a horse, or other car, with a rope was often used to pull the car home slowly. Things would get interesting when a car was damaged enough that it could not be rolled home itself. Race cars were often lifted (the hard way) onto the top of farm wagons to be pulled by horses. Simple cobbled together wagons like this one were sometimes available, or quickly made. Again, usually loaded without nice ramps.
These days, with all our assembled assets and decades of acquisition, it is hard to understand how things had to be done so many years ago.
There has even been a photo posted on this site of a touring car being pulled to the auto repair shop by another car and a rope, with the rear end of the touring car on top of a wheelbarrow held steady by a man behind the car. (I actually did something like that one time, you should try it at least once!)
Thanks again Jay for the wonderful photos!
Drive carefully, and enjoy the holidays! W2
We pulled our v8 dirt track cars around here with tow bars. Somehow we always got them home.
Here's a body if someone's itching to make a similar racer.
Miss Miami's rear wheels appear to be Hayes Demountable-at-the-rim clinchers. The tyres look to be oversized for 30" rims.
Allan from down under.
Hey Chris, As a long-time fan of the king, I noticed the 43 as well! BTW, Richard walked away from that spectacular crash at Daytona. I remember seeing it happen on TV.