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Mr The King...
For those not familiar with No. 43, that is the King, Richard Petty, destroying his Plymouth Roadrunner in the Rebel 400 race, Darlington, SC. Probably his worst wreck in a long career.
That was probably his worst NASCAR wreck, but in 1965 NASCAR outlawed the hemi engine and Chrysler boycotted NASCAR. Petty began the '65 season drag racing his 426ci hemi, "Outlawed". He had a terrible accident described on an Australian site: "Unfortunately, on 28 February 1965, the same day that a 100-miler was being run at the Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in Weaverville, North Carolina,Petty and "Outlawed" were at Southeastern Dragway in Dallas, Georgia. During a match race with Arnie Beswick, the Barracuda experienced transmission problems off the line. As Petty tried to find second gear, the car started to get loose. When Petty finally got it into second gear the car suddenly broke loose, turned towards the spectator area, and hit the embankment. The Petty Blue Barracuda vaulted the embankment, being launched almost straight up, which carried the car over the fence that was supposed to protect the spectators, and into the crowd. Seven people were injured when the Barracuda slammed into the people who had come to watch the match races. One of these suffered severe head injuries, but there was an eighth victim, Wayne Dye - an eight-year old from Austell, Georgia. He died of his injuries before he reached the hospital. Petty suffered light injuries in the violent crash, but the shock of the young boy's death stayed with him for years."From "Rear View Mirror" (http://www.atlasf1.com/2001/aus/preview/mirror.html)
Richard Petty was the most charasmatic & engaging of all the race world's personas. A simple, yet determined star, whose carreer will never be matched. He lost a grandson to the sport. His trademark shades & feather are a fading symbol in a world where only memories will drive men's dreams in the bleak & troubled future.
"Hey I can see my house from here."
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