Born Virginia Ruth Egnor in Logan, W. Va., in 1921, Dagmar was one of seven children whose father worked as a coal miner and construction worker. Growing up in Huntington, W. Va., she attended business school for a year after high school and worked in a local drugstore. Married at 20, she moved to New York City during World War II to be with her Navy commander husband. When he was shipped overseas, she remained in New York and began a career modeling sweaters.
With no previous show business experience, she was hired by the comedy team of Olsen and Johnson as a principal in their Broadway show "Laughing Room Only," in the mid-1940s.
She was such a hit that her salary soared from $75 a week to $1,250. She earned $25,000 for two weeks at the Roxy with Berle and appeared at the Paramount Theater with Frank Sinatra. Edward R. Murrow did a "Person to Person" interview with her in her lavish penthouse on Central Park South, and she even appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and famous photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took a lot of photos of her.
"Built in 1924 as the entrance to Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, the
75-foot Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation is a Spanish/Mission Revival style monument and burial site
for 13 pioneers of aviation.
It was dedicated in 1953 as a final resting place for pilots, mechanics and other pioneers
Here, "Spectators gather around the wreckage of a Navajo-Piper aircraft scattered at the base of the
Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation in Burbank. The twin-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from
the Hollywood-Burbank Airport. Photograph dated July 21, 1969."
See, he put racing parts on it at 15442 miles, and it's not streetable anymore. He's driven in 140 miles since 1978.
After the Z/28 was converted to a Service Component car, it was no longer suitable for everyday street driving. The competition metallic brakes have to be warmed up before they will really stop the car. The full-race Second Design cam and valvetrain are lumpy. The cross-ram dual quad intake from Smokey Yunicks parts auction is really strictly for racing. The twin 600 carbs have no chokes, so it’s a bear to start the car.
Some years ago, executives at a Houston airport faced a troubling customer-relations issue. Passengers were lodging an inordinate number of complaints about the long waits at baggage claim. In response, the executives increased the number of baggage handlers working that shift. The plan worked: the average wait fell to eight minutes, well within industry benchmarks. But the complaints persisted.
Puzzled, the airport executives undertook a more careful, on-site analysis. They found that it took passengers a minute to walk from their arrival gates to baggage claim and seven more minutes to get their bags. Roughly 88 percent of their time, in other words, was spent standing around waiting for their bags.
So the airport decided on a new approach: instead of reducing wait times, it moved the arrival gates away from the main terminal and routed bags to the outermost carousel. Passengers now had to walk six times longer to get their bags. Complaints dropped to near zero.
Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, is the oldest racing venue, and one of the most prestigious, in the United States. It was built in the late 1800s at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Iowa. It was built for a horse-racing track, just like the Milwaukee Mile. Although sanctioned races were not held until 1914, one automobile race was held in 1901. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_auto_racing
Aspendale Racecourse opened on 14 April 1891 for racing horses
The Automobile Club of Victoria used the horse racing track 'Aspendale Park', Victoria on 12 March, 1904 for a steam car race.
In 1905 the infield was remade to be a better race track for racing cars, steam rollers were used, and the local newspaper The Moorabbin News, reported on it 28 October 1905. and the club printed invited stating "the special motor racing track" at Aspendale Park on Monday, January 29th 1906 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspendale_Racecourse
The first regular auto racing venue was Nice, France, run in late March 1897, as a "Speed Week" most types of racing events were invented here, including the first hill climb (Nice – La Turbie) and a sprint that was, in spirit, the first drag race..
Chariot races were happening in Rome in 753 BC. Circus Maximus. It was added to the Olympics in 680 BC
Doncaster in England opened a track in 1614.
The earliest important race in Doncaster's history was the Doncaster Gold Cup, first run over Cantley Common in 1766. The Doncaster Cup is the oldest continuing regulated horse race in the world https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doncaster_Racecourse
Saratoga Race Course is home to several of the most important races in North America. Since 1864, the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saratoga_Race_Course
The longest automobile race in history, with Paris as the finish line, was the 1908 New York to Paris Race. 22,000 miles
Legislation to exempt antique motor vehicles from state and local taxes has been introduced. The bill will be considered by the Louisiana House Ways and Means Committee. The bill defines an “antique motor vehicle” as a motor vehicle which was manufactured at least 25 years ago, is maintained by a private collector and is not used for commercial purposes.
If enacted into law, the measure would become effective on July 1, 2017.
Dame Ethel Locke King, DBE (1864–1956) was a British motor-racing promoter and hospital patron.
Her wealthy husband, Hugh Fortescue Locke King, created and solely financed Brooklands House, Weybridge, Surrey.
(Possibly the first permanent race track in the world. Depends on what you define race track, and permanent. A topic for another post)
She took over the supervisory role of the tracks development after the stress of building it made her husband too ill to continue in the role. On 16 June 1907, she led the inaugural procession of cars on to the track in her open Itala minutes after the track had been opened by her husband.