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September 27, 1986 – Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton dies in bus crash
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September 27, 1986 – Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton dies in bus crash

On the heels of the release of Master of Puppets, Metallica hit the road on a heavy metal world tour. As the group's rockdom hit a massive growth spurt that would see them immortalized as Gods of metal, the suffered a massive blow. While driving through Sweden the band's tour bus skidded from the road on the morning of this day in 1986, causing it to flip. Burton was thrown from his bunk out of a window, causing the bus to crush him as it tipped over. The future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 24 years old at the time of his death. Cliff Burton in 1986. Following the wreck, the bus driver cited black ice as the reason for losing control. However, neither band members nor investigators could find any. Furthermore, the temperature at the time of the accident was multiple degrees ...
September 19, 1932 – Driving 12 cylinders for 24 hours straight
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September 19, 1932 – Driving 12 cylinders for 24 hours straight

When Pierce-Arrow entered the cylinder wars of the late 1920s and early '30s with a V-12, they had trouble pumping any more horsepower out of it than their straight 8. Notable race car driver and engineer Ab Jenkins got a call from the automaker, hoping he could help. With his assistance, the team added 45 more HP to the engine. Then Jenkins got a wild idea. Jenkins pitched the idea of driving a new 12 cylinder car for 24 hours straight to promote its reliability and power of its new 12-cylinder. Jenkins promised he'd cover more than 2,400 miles, averaging more than 100 miles per hour, all while never leaving the driver's seat. The folks at the luxury automaker were skeptical, to say the least. This included Jenkins friend and Pierce-Arrow sales manager Roy Faulkner. In the end, Fa...
August 30, 1980 – “On the Road Again” hits the charts
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August 30, 1980 – “On the Road Again” hits the charts

On this day in 1980, Willie Nelson’s hit song “On the Road Again” entered the Billboard 100 charts at #78. Nelson wrote the tune on a barf bag while traveling on an airplane after being co-passengers director Jerry Schatzberg and executive producer Sydney Pollack asked him to write a song for their upcoming film Honeysuckle Rose. Nelson would star in the film, which followed an aging country star who had yet to achieve the fame he dreamed of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdlyi5mckg0 Top: Willie Nelson in 2007. By Auld Rasmie - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 In the movie, the character spent much of his time on the road playing small venues all across the country. When the producer asked Nelson to create a song, Nelson asked what he wanted it to be about. The producer responded “Can...
August 25, 2018 – 1962 Ferrari becomes most expensive car ever sold at auction
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August 25, 2018 – 1962 Ferrari becomes most expensive car ever sold at auction

Monterey Car Week is host to a stream of automotive events that leave enthusiasts drooling every year. It's a week of shows, cruises and auctions that are capped off by the historic Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. With many of the week's activities geared toward the uber wealthy, it's no surprise that the shows and auctions attract the most prestigious automobiles to ever caress the pavement. It was on this day in 2018 that five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell drove a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis no. 3413 GT, up onto the block at RM Sotheby's Monterey auction. The applause from the crowd turned to sharp gasps when the auctioneer opened bidding at $35 million. The 1962 Ferrari on the auction block before selling for $48 million, via Hagerty. Top image via RM Sotheby's For nearl...
August 1, 2007 – I-35 bridge collapses during rush hour
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August 1, 2007 – I-35 bridge collapses during rush hour

By Mike Wills - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 During the evening rush hour on this day in 2007, the 40-year-old I-35 Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota suddenly collapsed. The resulting catastrophe caused 13 deaths and 145 injuries. During the collapse, the structure and deck fell into the river and onto the riverbanks below. The southern traffic crossing fell 81 feet eastward in the collapse. In total, there were 111 vehicles involved, the farthest falling 115 feet down to the river or onto its banks. Northern sections of the bridge fell into a rail yard, landing on three unoccupied and stationary freight cars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMdv2wRaqo4 The National Transportation Safety Board cited gusset plates that were too thin as the cause of the collapse of the b...
July 26, 1998 – Disaster strikes at Michigan International Speedway
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July 26, 1998 – Disaster strikes at Michigan International Speedway

On lap 175 of 250 of the CART series U.S. 500 on this day in 1998 Adrian Fernandez hit the wall at Michigan International Speedway, causing a tire and suspension parts to break loose and fly into the crowd. The wreck resulted in the deaths of three fans. An additional six people suffered injuries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnHpeP4s5L4 Adrian Fernandez 1998 wreck at Michigan International SpeedwayTop: Moment of impact. Image courtesy ESPN Fernandez's hit the wall going upwards of 200 mph. The race was placed under caution but was not stopped, much to the dismay of reporters covering the event. In an effort to prevent further tragedies the fencing was extended to 17 feet high around any grandstand areas.