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  • LouRugani
    SEBRING URBAN LEGENDS: ================ Six reserve drivers in 1955 started the 12 Hours without permission, sneaking on to the track during the first lap in
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      SEBRING URBAN LEGENDS:

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      Six reserve drivers in 1955 started the 12 Hours without permission, sneaking on to the track during the first lap in protest that they were unhappy they were not allowed to start. They did two laps and then got off the track.
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      A Ford GT involved in a fatal accident back in 1966 is buried at the track. The car, driven by Bob McLean in which he was killed during a fiery accident approaching the hairpin in 1966, was buried at a nearby ranch. There was very little left of the car, but it is not clear whether the entire remnants were buried. The secret remains of an Alfa Romeo also are buried near the circuit.
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      Even though there was no Sebring race in 1974, hundreds of fans showed up anyway. The actual number of fans who showed up that year is disputed but was somewhere between 500 and 1,000.
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      One of the victims of the Charles Manson "family" in 1969 was hair-salon entrepreneur Jay Sebring, who named himself after the famous 12-hour race. His real name was Thomas Kummer, but he called himself "Jay Sebring" because he liked the name of the famous Florida sports car race.
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      Racer Dale Earnhardt and his son had a secret test in a factory Corvette at Sebring in December 2000, shortly before he died.
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      The famous B-17 "Memphis Belle" landed at Hendricks Field during Word War II as part of a War Bond drive and moral booster for the crews training in Sebring.
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      Alligators have made their way on to the track at Sebring, but never during a race.
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      Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was seen at the 1980 race (Apple sponsored a car that year).
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      The race was once yellow-flagged because the track was running out of fuel for the teams. In 1983, a yellow flag was needed to allow a fuel truck to cross the track to bring more fuel. (There were 83 cars in the race that year.)
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      A spectator was able to sneak out onto the track in his car and race during a supporting event at Sebring. It happened in December, 1959 prior to the US Grand Prix Formula One race.
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      Actor James Brolin came into the pits during the 1982 race with damage to his Porsche 924 and claimed he ran into "a pig being chased by a Doberman."
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      Roger Penske's Chevrolet Lola was stolen after the 1969 Sebring 12 Hours. While towing the car back from Sebring, the team stopped near Ormond Beach, where it was stolen. Most of it was eventually recovered.
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      Portions of the 1975 movie "The Great Waldo Pepper" were filmed at the Sebring Airport and Raceway.
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      The Crosley that won the first-ever race at Sebring in 1950 was actually a spectator's car. Victor Sharpe of Tampa had driven his Crosley Hot Shot to the Sam Collier 6-hour Memorial race in 1950. He was convinced to loan his car to drivers Ralph Deshon and Fritz Koster. They ended up winning the race, which was run on a handicap formula.
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      Patrick Taylor of Palm Bay, Florida arrived on December 26th 2003, nearly three months before the race.
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      After he passed away, the legendary "Big Stan" Durrance was given a lap around Sebring in a hearse, complete with the checkered flag being waved.
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