"Sizzling, High-Torque Take-Off"

Goodman, Walter
April 1956
New Republic;4/23/56, Vol. 134 Issue 17, p9
This article reports on the breakdown of a riot in Florida. The young celebrants were there for two weeks of festivities sponsored by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. The speed potential of cars has, to use a word manufactured at the General Motors Corp.'s laboratories, rocketed in the past five years. And this year its 240-horsepower engine will give 112.8 mph, according to one road test. Among those refusing to settle for second-hand thrills are some 40,000 Americans who perish annually in automobile accidents; in two generations, an estimated 45 million people have been injured on the highways. While the men in Detroit were building record-breaking engines last year, our nation's drivers were breaking some records of their own over the long week-ends.


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