1960-02 – Here’s a picture of the Studebaker when it was still in Connecticut and in perfect condition before Ed and George towed it down to Daytona. I believe that they had put in the car a big V8 which had come out of a Cadillac. Photo courtesy of Susan Dombrowski.
The car was built by a group of people including Ed. The original intention was that it would be driven at Daytona by Benny Germano. Benny drove the car for a couple of laps, was unhappy with the experience, and bowed out of trying to qualify it. Ed then took his place and qualified in 13th (out of 75 that qualified and many more that failed to qualify). Photo courtesy of Susan Dombrowski.
Before heading down to Daytona. The car was part-owned by Don’s Speed Shop in CT.
Ed in his car just before the start of the race.
Ed’s #34 is on the right.
Before the start of the race, Ed’s #34 is on the left.
Pace lap. Ed’s car – which in reality was blue with a gold roof – is at the far left.
Coming out of the fourth turn at the start of lap one. Ed’s car is indicated by the yellow arrow.
In the image Dick Foley’s ’57 Chevy is on the far left. A moment before, it had started to get sideways, which caused both Ed in the Studebaker and Larry Frank in the white-and-black coach to take evasive action.
Ed’s car after it came to rest in the infield, in the left-center of the image. In the crash the car suffered a ruptured fuel tank and could not be repaired in time for Ed to return to the race.
1960 – Daytona Modifed-Sportsman 200. By the end of this opening lap, a 37-car crash had happened. Ed, who had started 13th, got caught up in it.
1960 – 02-13 – Daytona Modified-Sportsman 200. Ed (34) and Larry Frank (30) were part of a 37-car crash on the first lap of this race. This photo was reportedly taken by George Flemke.
1960 – A small portion of the wreckage from the 37-car crash in the Daytona Modified-Sportsman 200.
1960. The incident started when Dick Foley’s car got sideways. Seeking to avoid directly hitting him at 140 mph, Ed and Larry Frank in the #30 made contact, triggering the 37-car crash.
This still image, captured by Fran Lawlor, shows Ed standing at the left in white t-shirt and dark trousers in the aftermath of the crash.
As the remains of 37 crashed cars are being sorted out, Ed’s #34 can be seen on the left.
This is the start of the race, with Ed in 13th position where he qualified out of approximately 150 entrants and 73 starters. The 37-car crashed happened shortly moments after this photo was taken. Please note that the caption underneath the photo is wrong: the Studebaker was not being driven by Rene Charland, who was not even in this race. Photo from Stock Car Racing magazine.
This is the first lap of the Daytona 250 Sportsman race. Ed’s Studebaker is second from the left.
This image was taken from moments before the 37-car crash. Ed’s Studebaker is on the inside row on the far right in 13th starting position. Please note how closely he is following the car in front, which would have had a big, although at the time not understood, effect on the aerodynamics of his car.
Ed’s Studebaker is easily recognized in 13th starting position.