Louis Disbrow drove in the first four Indianapolis 500s for the Case team. His best finish was eighth place in 1913. In the inaugural (1911) race he started in fifth and finished in 35th (out of 40 that started). He completed 45 laps before he crashed in the front straightaway.
Louis lived a colorful life. In 1902 he was charged with murders of a love interest - "Dimples" Lawrence - and a competitor for her affection - Clarence Foster. The three of them when out in a rowboat and Louis was the only one who returned.
Louis was incarcerated and stood trial, and was exonerated.
He made the most of his second chance, becoming a garage owner, aviator, race car and boat builder, engineer and spark plug manufacturer, before becoming a race official. He also served as a mechanic and coach for the eras most prominent woman race car driver, Joan Cuneo.
I'm counting down the days until the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
I'm not a race fan in the fanatic sense. I've only been to the Indy 500 a handful of times. My memories center around listening to the race on the radio in the backyard while filling out the leading laps grid from the Indianapolis Star.
I do love Indianapolis, tradition, and most of all a theme! Each day I will share a memory or tidbit of history.