Auto Racing Highlights
Mauri Rose won the 500-mile Memorial
Day race at Indianapolis, Indiana,
on May 30. Rose battled with William
"Wild Bill" Holland for more
than a hundred miles, and Holland was
ahead for more than fifty of them. Rose
took the lead for good with 8 laps to go
and beat Holland by 32.12 seconds.Both
men drove Blue Crown Spark Plug Specials.
Rose's average speed of 116.358 miles per
hour was the second fastest in event
history. The race was marred by the death
of William "Shorty" Cantlon,
whose car struck a wall at the close of
the first hundred miles.
Bill" Holland won the 100-mile AAA Champ Car
race at Langhorne, Pennsylvania,
on June 22.
Walt Ader won the 100-mile AAA
Champ Car race at Lakewood Speedway
in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 4.
Charles Van Acker won the
100-mile AAA Champ Car race at Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, on July 27.
||On September 16 John
Cobb, a 47-year-old fur broker,
drove his Railton Mobil Special at
394.196 miles per hour over the
straightaway of the Bonneville Salt Flats
in Utah, making him the fastest man on
land. In addition to breaking his own
record of 368.9 m.p.h. (set at Bonneville
in 1939), Cobb also became the first
person to travel morethan 400 m.p.h. on
land when he hit 403.135 m.p.h. during
his second run.
The aluminum-alloy body of Cobb's Railton
Mobil Special could be lifted in a matter
of minutes to make repairs and/or allow
Cobb to get into or out of the cockpit.
Right: John Cobb is
greeted by his wife at the end of his
Tony Bettenhausen set an AAA
100-mile dirt track record of 92.4 miles per hour
at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield,
Illinois, on September 28.
Ted Horn was declared the 1947 National
Automobile Racing Champion bythe contest
board of the A.A.A. in December, with Bill
Holland second. Horn took first place by winning
the last national championship race at Arlington
Downs, Texas, in November. His final points were
1,920, Holland's 1,610.
the Year 1947
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