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  • Car #12 Detroit 100 Mile Race 1936
    These are auto racing photographs taken by Al Blixt, Sr. in the 1930's. They are presented here for your viewing enjoyment. Please feel free to download these images for your own personal use. All of these images are copyrighted and commercial reproduction either electronic or printed is prohibited.

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Dennis  Garrett

Enjoyed your old racing history web site very much.
The top photo of Bill Mitchell wearing an shirt with the words "Starter Bill Mitchell", printed on front of it. What kind of flag is Bill Mitchell holding and waving??? Is it an checkered flag and how many years did he used it???
Thanks very much for any information given.
Dennis Garrett
Richmond,Va. 232225 USA

Ronn Berry

Al, Ref: Pict. on Bill Mitchell colum. One pict. 9/9/51 Detroit F/G. shows 1951 Pontiac convt. pace car followed by what appears to be a #69 car I beleive to be the Brown Motor Spl. out of Richmond, In. and based on the "stance" of driver could be Gene Force also of Richmond. Can you verify for me ? Do you have a pict. available. I am putting together the history of local racing and this would be of help. Thanks much for any help, Ronn Berry

Wow, this is a great article I have read so far. I appreciate this "two ton starter" story with his memorable past and even have some old images with this guy. I believe that this man cannot end the stories to tell about auto racing in a day.

Ed Salwinski

A great story about Bill Mitchell. I recall seeing this man and thought that he was the biggest man in the world. My dad once told me that he could do his job and it didn't matter what he looked like. His all white dress made him appear even larger to a kid of five or six years old. Also, I attended the race at the Detroit Fairgrounds that Paul Russo won. Bettenhausen led most of that race and he did run out of gas at the end. The crowd hooted at the disappointment when Tony pulled in for gas. Russo drove a yellow #7 that he had built in his basement. Bettenhausen was driving the Balenger Special that Lee wallard had won the Indy 500 in it in May of 1951. That car is at the Indy Museum and is one of the best looking cars ever designed. Thank you for a great story abnout a neat, hardworking, fun loving man. Warm Regards, Ed Slawinski

Ed Graf

Wonderful memories!!! I spent many nights at that wonderful track. Went with Ed Beste when he had Roger Yates in the hardtop and Jack Goodwin in the roadster. To Mr.Blixt--You are doing a honor to your dad with this work. Congratulations.

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