1935 News

Addressing a recent conclave of Daytona business executives, L.H. "Rocky" Neereamer, official AAA field representative, said: "Stock car auto races in the past encouraged various changes in the motor and body design of contesting cars. This is the first time an event has been confined strictly to all-stock automobiles."

Major "Goldie" Gardner, too, is of the opinion that beach and road racing will prove exceedingly popular here. Gardner, noted British race driver now vacationing at Daytona Beach, is a prospective entrant for the March speed classic.

Meanwhile, Daytona Speed officials have announced the entry of six Ford drivers and owners. They are: Sam Purvis, Jacksonville; Jack Sheppard, Tampa; Gil Allgnier, Ormond Beach; Lloyd Moody, Daytona Beach; Harry Atkinson, Daytona Beach; and Buddy Galloway, Miami.

Purvis, winner of the 1933 road race at Jacksonville has had considerable experience in road racing; Allgnier and Moody are newcomers, while Galloway is a dirt track performer of note.

Sheppard and Atkinson have entered privately-owned cars in the national competition here. Sheppard will probably engage "Shorty" Drexler of Louisville, Ohio, as a driver, while Atkinson is dickering.

Additional entrants are expected to include local gas station owner, Bill France; dirt track champions, Bob Sall, Ben Shaw and "Doc" Mackenzie; midget racing champion, Bill Schindler; Indy 500 winner Wild Bill Cummings; wealthy sportsman Sam Collier; and Palm Beach millionaire builder of famous cars and speed boat, John Rutherford.

The fastest man in the world from Norway, Sig Haugdahl, measured a mile and a half distance on the blacktop road Highway A1A and cut turns into the sand dunes to establish the race track. Sig Haugdahl was famous as the first driver to exceed three miles a minute (180 mph) in an automobile on Daytona-Ormond beach in 1922. His custom built "Wisconsin Special" is still the narrowest car ever built which attained a land speed record on the world famous beach race court at Daytona-Ormond, Florida.