Post by Mark Jackson Post by Sir Tim Post by bra
Don't forget that Gary Bettenhausen raced seven of his 21
Indianapolis races, after his left arm was crushed and paralysed
in a dirt-car crash in 1974 -- (Penske fired him on the spot).
Bettenhausen was the fastest qualifier for the 1991 Indianapolis
Alan Stacey (false leg) and Archie Scott Brown (withered arm) also
come to mind (although neither of them would be allowed to race
today of course).
I believe I remember stories about Stacey passing prerace medical
exams by having a complicit fellow driver distract the examiner
between testing the reflexes of Alan's meat leg and testing the
reflexes of his meat leg again.
"At Rouen one year, Alan had to pass a medical. Team Lotus was - like
most British teams at that time - very scared of the bureaucracy of
French organisers. So I was sent to go with him. Well, there is that
test where the doctor touches your knee with a rubber hammer, to
check the reflex. So Alan showed his proper leg for the first test,
then I distracted the doctor's attention and Alan quickly made sure
that he tested the same leg again!"
Post by Mark Jackson
And ASB was denied an international license.
Yet he drove a Connaught in the 1956 British GP and was killed in a
sports car race at Spa. How was that I wonder? Possibly his lack of a
licence was overlooked by the British authorities and one was not
required for sports car racing?
On a personal note, I knew Raymond Lister quite well. He was an
artist and art historian (a leading authority on Samuel Palmer) but
was also much involved in the family engineering business (his
brother Brian ran the racing side). Ray told me that as well as his
wonky arm ASB also has deformed legs and was only five feet tall.
Both he and Brian were devastated by Archie's death and withdrew from
racing the following year
that of yesteryear.
threaten the points. Wether he can maintain that or not or even get better
is speculation. I doubt any team would take him on as a full time driver
without a *very* good reserve driver waiting in the wings.
That said I'd love to see him given a chance.