Sebring Urban Legends: Fact or Fiction?
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We have no evidence this ever happened. Remember, we are talking about a child being born in Green Park, not conceived. However, children were born at this location when it was a military base.
In 1950, Sebring promoter Alec Ulmann took Gov. Fuller Warren on a lap around the track while the race was in progress!
By all accounts, Morrison attended the 1962 and/or 1963 race. Remember, he was born in Melbourne, Florida and attended St Petersburg Junior College and Florida State University.
Alligators have made their way on to the track at Sebring, but not during the race.
Christopher Wilder, later to be discovered as the “Beauty Queen” serial killer, drove in the 1983 race. He was killed by police the following year trying to cross the border into Canada.
Earnhardt and his son Dale Jr. tested with the Corvette team in December 2000.
Yes, Alec Ulmann officially announced this but it never happened, in part due to heavy rains that flooded the new track near West Palm Beach a few months before the race. Ulmann considered moving the race to Fort Lauderdale in 1957.
Portions of the 1975 movie “The Great Waldo Pepper” were filmed at the Sebring Airport and Raceway
The sanctioning organization changed the race name to the “Sebring-Camel 1200 km” instead of “The 12 Hours of Sebring.” However, the race was never held.
The famous journalist drove a Lancia in the 1959 Sebring 12 Hours. On his first practice lap three days before the race, he witnessed a fatal accident when Edwin Lawrence crashed his Maserati at the Hairpin. Lawrence’s family comes to the 12 Hours race every year, camps at the track and holds a private memorial service.
Six drivers of reserve entries, unhappy they were not allowed to start, decided to go on the track at the start, they all did one or two laps and then got off the track.
A Ford GT driven by Bob McLean, in which he was killed during a fiery accident approaching the hairpin in 1966, was buried at nearby property. There was very little left of the car. The remains of an Alfa Romeo also are buried near the circuit. We’re not telling where.
Yes, they all did except Garner, who was a car owner in the 1960s and attended Sebring regularly but never drove in the race.
Legendary photo-journalist Bernard Cahier handed Moss the Coke at the Hairpin, and on the next lap Moss tossed the empty bottle!
He attended the race in 1980, but he never drove in the race.
The Memphis Belle landed at Hendricks Field as part of a War Bond drive and morale booster for the crews training in Sebring.
Never happened. Nor did they find Jimmy Hoffa.
Victor Sharpe of Tampa drove 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.
For some reason this is one of the most common myths about Sebring. The race was NEVER a 24-hour race.
The actual number of fans who showed up that year is uncertain, estimated somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000.
The artist in 1964 was named Shultz, spelled different than the Peanuts creator.
Some fans swear he did. Tom will only say “I could have, I might have.”
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!
Wild boar and deer were a concern for race organizers.
In 1975, Led Zeppelin, BTO and the J. Geils Band cancelled a concert appearance at Palm Beach International Raceway, not Sebring. However, a Joe Cocker concert scheduled at the 1975 Sebring 12 Hours was cancelled only two weeks before the race.
While towing the car back from Sebring, the team stopped near Ormond Beach, where it was stolen (most of it was eventually recovered).
The earliest arrival was by Patrick Taylor of Palm Bay, Florida, who arrived on December 26th 2003, nearly three months before the race.
Sadly true. His real name was Thomas Kummer, but he chose Jay “Sebring” because he liked the name of the famous Florida sports car race.