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1955 Fifties

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Car of the year 1955

 

 

1955 chevrolet

 

Motor Trend gives the Chevrolet Motor Division

the award for car of the year.

 

 

 

nash ambassador 1955

 

Mickey Mouse and Pluto introduce the 1955 Nash Ambassador

 

 

ford fairlane 1955

 

The 1955 line of Fords featuring the new model called the Ford Fairlane.

 



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The Races 1955

 

 

Two hours into the 24 hour Le Mans race driver Pierre Levegh swerves to miss a fast braking Austin Healy, his car flies at 150 mph into the crowd killing himself and 83 spectators in what is still the the worst auto racing accident in history, 1955 Le Mans crash

 

billy vukovich 1955

 

 

Instead of becoming the only man to win the Indy 500 three years in a row, driver Bill Vukovich - who was in the lead in lap 5 - hit a stalled car on the outside rail and was killed. Bill Vukovich crash.

 

 

bob sweikert 1955

 

Bob Sweikert won both the Indianapolis 500 and the AAA championship.

 

Tim Flock 1955

 

NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock

 

Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina

 

24 hours of Le Mans – the team of Mike Hawthorn / Ivor Bueb won, driving a Jaguar D-type

 

Rally racing –o the team of Per Malling / Gunnar Fadum won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Sunbeam-Talbot

 

nhra calvin rice 1955

 

Drag racing - Calvin Rice won the first NHRA Top Fuel sponsored Nationals championship in Great Bend, Kansas. Inaugural "Top Fuel" championship.

 

 

  

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