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Drag Racer|March 2018

/ HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SECOND HALF OF 1965

Dave Wallace

IF YOU WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ALIVE IN ’65 AND PAYING ATTENTION, YOU MAY WELL HAVE EXPERIENCED THE GOLDENEST SINGLE SEASON OF DRAG RACING’S GOLDEN AGE. It was also among the deadliest ever, particularly for dragster drivers: among the fatalities reported in the weekly drag rags were Denny Miliani, Lou Cangelose, Tex Randall, “Q-Ball” Wale, Charles Minor, Leon Hamel, Dave Dangerfield and Gary Taylor. Unknown numbers of lesser-knowns also perished at the many obscure tracks operating under the media’s radar. (See Dragstripdeaths.com for examples.)

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