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A dozen rear and mid-engine lined up for the 1964 Indianapolis A.J. Watson provided two Leader Card Specials for Ward and Don Branson. Mickey Sears-Allstate Special couldn’t been more different Ted Halibrand’s Shrike.

Thompson, Lotus

It took several for most of the roadster builders to new construction. Thompson, like of the roadster builders, constructed a of tubular steel. Thompson’s body was bolted to the frame, had strength, and was quite brittle.

understood the Lotus monocoque precision casting body to withstand enormous stress over large areas.

Halibrand chose aeronautic alloy for strength and lightweight Although he had some knowledge of fuselage construction, he enlisted engineer and racecar designer Timbs to lead the Shrike team. Timbs’ Indy included the Blue Crown for Lou Moore, the 1948 front-wheel Diedt and the 1955 streamliner, for Howard Keck.

Both the and Halibrand cars featured design to improve the tail-heavy handling.

Both cars used Ford V-8s. was the only builder to buck requirement to burn gasoline. didty-five-gallon fuel tank was from the sub-frame by a single and was attached to the body by several bolts. There were two fully fueled tanks Dave MacDonald started the

When he spun in turn 3 and into the wall, he scraped the off the fuel tank, spewing vapor along the wall, there were plenty of to generate the initial explosion on the side. MacDonald’s car was already when he bounced off the outside

Second Impact

Eddie had to choose to squeeze past or low. Convention dictated to aim for car, assuming he would down the track and be gone by the Sachs arrived. Unfortunately, car ran over MacDonald’s wheel, him against the retaining wall.

Sachs T-boned the left triggering the second gasoline

Sachs’ Shrike employed distributed fuel bladders, by fuel lines equipped swing check valves. the wreck was cleared, all of the fuel, for four gallons from the front cell, was pumped the Shrike.

Sachs’ Shrike

Bob Falcon (USAC Safety Secretary), and Clarence Cagle an investigation of the wreck. A stress team estimated Sachs’ force to be greater than 100 Gs. and recommendations could not have the lives of either driver, but contributed to several rule in championship racing.

Sachs Roadster

Gasoline was banned in favor of with a higher flash and lower temperature combustion.

bladders with “total contact design” were to withstand impact forces ruptured simple metal or designs. An aircraft-style dry break coupler was employed to reduce splash and fires, and to mechanically the fuel valves from panels. The combination of the bladder and valve rules led to acceptance of fuel bladders for commercial

USAC also required fire suppression systems, Haylon to retard combustion. capacity was also restricted.

The Committee’s report made but did not find fault with car or the drivers, or the sanctioning body had allowed the funny cars. made two more trips to but abandoned the ultra-light, ultra-weak construction. Nine 1965 employed the Halibrand construction.

The Lotuses were gone by

Chapman and Clark

The contributions of and Timbs to open-wheel racing and the wagon are overshadowed by the deaths of and Sachs. Deaths and devastating still visit racetracks. USAC had to acknowledge and deal the fire hazard that the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

For one season, at least, the committee and constructors were up to the challenge.


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