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Corvette spin out

Corvette spin out

Oct. 12, 1958: Frank Cairns, driving a Corvette, spins out in an early race in the U.S. Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway and goes over the rail backward toward a crowd of spectators.

This four-photo sequence by staff photographer Art Rogers appeared in the Oct. 13, 1958, Los Angeles Times. An accompanying story reported, “There was an accident in one of the races preceding the big marathon. Frank Cairns swapped ends on his Corvette coming into Turn 6. He hit the rail going backwards and climbed over it and it took 10 men to get the sprawled car off the barrier.”

Chuck Daigh of Long Beach won the 200-mile U.S. Grand Prix. The race was sponsored by the Los Angeles Times through its Times-Mirror Charities. An estimated 70,000 fans attended.

1 Comment

  1. May 5, 2016, 5:36 am

    Being a spectator would be scary during that spin out. I still think some of the scariest close calls I have seen are with WRC spectators!

    By: Jesse

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