February 11, 1959 – Death of Marshall Teague

Marshall Teague walked unannounced into the Detroit offices of Hudson Motor Car Company and left with a sponsor for his NASCAR racing career. During 1951 and 1952 he was member of the team, driving the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” stock cars. The Hornet was powered by a 308 cu in (5.0 L) straight 6 engine that was tuned to maximum stock capabilities. This engine, combined with the car’s low center of gravity and light weight provided the necessities to beat cars powered by larger, more modern engines through 1954. Teague won seven of his 23 NASCAR entries before dropping out in 1953 following a dispute with Bill France Sr., the founder of the NASCAR. The King of the Beach, as Teague was known, joined other racing circuits, including Formula One. It was on this day in 1959 that Teague pushed for a closed course speed record driving a Sumar Special Streamliner. Two days earlier he clocked in at 171.821 mph, but needed to top 177 mph. At about 140 mph Teague’s car spun and rolled, ejecting and killing him almost instantly. He would later be posthumously inducted into several hall of fames, including the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame in 1968 and he served as the inspiration for Doc Hudson in the film “Cars.” Restored 1952 Hudson Hornet 2 door Coupe raced by Marshall Teague. By Sicnag CC 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/o6vWJ9

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