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  • Looking for Allen Crowe Info

    Does anybody know where I could find some head shots and a bio about the late great Allen Crowe? I saw hime race when I was a boy but don't recall much about him.
    Gregg Sebald

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    I know that he was from Illinois and that he was killed during a sprint car race at New Bremen in 1963. There is also a race that is named after him. I don't know for sure where it's at...but I think it's at the Illinois Fairgrounds or Du Quoin????
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    • #3
      No pictures but a little info. Mogilla77 is indeed correct that Crowe died from injuries sustained in a 1963 New Bremen crash. Crowe raced the USAC Champ Trail from 1961 to 1963 with a best finish of 5th at Syracuse in 1962. He started two Indy 500's. In 1962 he started 22nd and finished 31st and in 1963 he started 13th and finished 27th. He was born 11-12-28 and died 6-2-63.
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      • #4
        The first job I ever had in racing was helping owner, Henry Meyer, rebuild the #93 Iddings Auto Glass Spl. following Allen Crowe's fatal New Bremen crash.
        Allen had won the previous USAC sprint car race at Eldora on May 12.
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        • #5
          Photo isn't the best, but here's one from NISEGUY: http://www.thevintageracer.com/jimni...autograph6.htm

          And another, from NISEGUY:
          http://www.thevintageracer.com/jimni...ortraits29.htm

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          • #6
            Thanks guys. I think I was at New Bremen as a boy when he lost his life. I tend to block tragedy out when it happens.

            The Allen Crowe race is an ARCA race at Du Quoin I believe.
            Gregg Sebald

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            • #7
              Seadog, Allen Crowe was around Indianapolis racing for several years. He finally started getting steady rides starting around 1961. Here's a link to his career statistics in Championship Cars.

              http://www.motorsport.com/stats/cham...?D=Allen_Crowe

              Also, many people still remember his crash at the 1962 Hoosier Hundred. Somehow his Central Excavating car lost its left rear wheel on the main straightaway. The car dug in and rolled as it continued sliding in front of the main grandstand (BTW, there was no catch fence at that time; just a chain link fence that spectators sat right behind). The car came to rest near the pits where it caught on fire. Crowe was basically unhurt but did have trouble breathing from the fire and the extinguisher powder and had to undergo a tracheotomy in the ambulance on the way to Methodist Hospital. Photos of his car upside down with the roll bar bending down close to his head made papers all around the world at the time.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by indyrjc
                Seadog, Allen Crowe was around Indianapolis racing for several years. He finally started getting steady rides starting around 1961. Here's a link to his career statistics in Championship Cars.

                http://www.motorsport.com/stats/cham...?D=Allen_Crowe

                Also, many people still remember his crash at the 1962 Hoosier Hundred. Somehow his Central Excavating car lost its left rear wheel on the main straightaway. The car dug in and rolled as it continued sliding in front of the main grandstand (BTW, there was no catch fence at that time; just a chain link fence that spectators sat right behind). The car came to rest near the pits where it caught on fire. Crowe was basically unhurt but did have trouble breathing from the fire and the extinguisher powder and had to undergo a tracheotomy in the ambulance on the way to Methodist Hospital. Photos of his car upside down with the roll bar bending down close to his head made papers all around the world at the time.
                I was there at the '62 HH and was almost 12 years old at the time. I vaguely remember that. My first HH was 1958. Always was in the first turn infield there until they put up the high Armco up on the inside of the track and ruined the view.
                Gregg Sebald

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