Mcewen Cor­rec­tion

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Slight cor­rec­tion in your Nov. 2018 “Out the Back Door” story about Tom Mcewen. When Tom took over driv­ing du­ties for Gene Adams in 1961, the car wasn’t known as the Al­bert­son Olds. When Al­bert­son Olds’ only driver, Leonard Har­ris, lost his life driv­ing a dif­fer­ent car in Oc­to­ber 1960, the Al­bert­son Oldsmo­bile deal­er­ship dis­con­tin­ued its spon­sor­ship im­me­di­ately. It was done as a trib­ute to Leonard. And Ron­nie Scrima, co-owner of the car, also creased his con­nec­tion to the famed car, say­ing he just could not emo­tion­ally han­dle it since Leonard was a close friend. This left only Gene Adams, who was as dev­as­tated as Ron­nie, but de­cided to con­tinue racing the car. He chose Mcewen as the driver for the car, now known as Mcewen-adams. Mickey Bryant Eric Rick­man shot Mcewen (who HRM was still call­ing Mck­ewen) at the 1961 NHRA Na­tion­als as the McewenA­dams rail (far lane) ran Pete Robin­son for the AA/D elim­i­na­tion. Mcewen got out first, but Robin­son caught him, and went on to be the meet’s Top Elim­i­na­tor.

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