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Fireball Roberts

Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts Jr. was an American stock car racer. Roberts was born in Tavares and raised in Apopka, where he was interested in both auto racing and baseball, he was a pitcher for the Zellwood Mud Hens, an American Legion baseball team, where he earned the nickname, "Fireball" because of his fastball. He enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps in 1945, but was discharged after basic training because of his asthma, he raced on dirt tracks on weekends. In 1947, at the age of eighteen, he raced on the Daytona Beach Road Course at Daytona, for the first time, he won a 150-mile race at Daytona Beach the following year. Roberts competed in local stock and modified races at Florida tracks such as Seminole Speedway. "Fireball" Roberts continued to amass victories on the circuit, despite the changes in NASCAR, as it moved away from shorter dirt tracks to superspeedways in the 1950s and 1960s. In his 206 career NASCAR Grand National races, he had 32 poles, he finished in the top-five 45 percent of the time, in the top-ten 59 percent of the time.

He won both the Daytona 500 and Firecracker 250 events in 1962, driving a black and gold 1962 Pontiac built by car builder legend, Smokey Yunick. In 1961, temporary president of the Federation of Professional Athletes, was in dispute with NASCAR president, Bill France, over the Teamsters' Union affiliate – the FPA – which he and Curtis Turner had helped organize and which France was trying to disband. Unlike the banned Curtis Turner and Tim Flock, Roberts soon returned to the NASCAR fold. On May 24, 1964, at the World 600 in Charlotte, Roberts had qualified in the eleventh position and started in the middle of the pack. On lap seven, Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson collided and spun out and Roberts crashed trying to avoid them. Roberts' Ford flipped over and burst into flames. Witnesses at the track claimed they heard Roberts screaming, "Ned, help me", from inside his burning car after the wreck. Jarrett rushed to save Roberts. Roberts suffered second- and third-degree burns over eighty percent of his body and was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.

Although it was thought that Roberts had an allergic reaction to flame-retardant chemicals, he was secretly an asthmatic, the chemicals affected his breathing. Roberts was able to survive for several weeks, it appeared he might pull through, but he took a turn for the worse on June 30, 1964, he had slipped into a coma by the next day. Roberts died from his burns on July 2, 1964. Roberts' death, as well as the deaths of Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald at the Indianapolis 500, six days after Roberts' crash, led to an increase in research on fire-retardant uniforms, it led to the development of the Firestone RaceSafe fuel cell. Modern race cars use a foam-filled fuel cell to prevent fuel spillage of the magnitude of Roberts car. Fire-retardant coveralls would be phased in, leading to mandatory Nomex racing suits. Roberts had lost his close friend, Joe Weatherly, in January 1964 at the Motor Trend 500, at Riverside, California. Many sources reported that Roberts was planning to retire, since he had taken a public relations position at the Falstaff Brewing Company, that the race in which he was killed was to be one of the final races of his career.

Despite having his career cut short and having never won a Grand National title, Roberts was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. Other career accolades he won include induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1995. In 2000, the city of Concord, North Carolina, named a street near Charlotte Motor Speedway in his honor. After Roberts' death, NASCAR mandated that all drivers wear flame retardant coveralls while on track, they instituted the five point safety harness, the special, contoured drivers seat, as requirements for all NASCAR vehicles. The "Fireball Run", named for Roberts, was started in 2007; this streaming TV "adventurally" series, headquartered at Universal Studios in Florida, covers 40 teams as they compete in an 8-day, 2000 mile race and life-sized trivia game to raise money for missing and exploited children organizations. The Fireball Run is credited with assisting in the recovery of 38 missing children. In 2013 Roberts was nominated for induction in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was included in the 2014 induction ceremony.

The novel The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley features an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts. "Fireball" Roberts web site Fireball Roberts at Find a Grave Glenn "Fireball" Roberts at Glenn "Fireball" Roberts at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Glenn "Fireball" Roberts website and career stats by son-in-law Fireball Roberts driver statistics at Racing-Reference Fireball Roberts owner statistics at Racing-Reference

Shelby Series 1

Shelby Series 1 was a high-performance roadster designed by Carroll Shelby and produced by Shelby American. It was powered by Oldsmobile's 4.0 L L47 Aurora V8 DOHC engine. It has 320 hp at 6500 rpm, 290 lb⋅ft at 5000 rpm and will do 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and records 12.8 seconds in the quarter mile at 112 mph. Top speed is 170 mph; the 1998 car weighed 1,202 kg. The Series 1 is the only car designed and engineered by Carroll Shelby from a clean sheet of paper, built from the ground up. All other Shelbys are re-engineered models modified by Shelby. Prior to production of the Series 1, significant costs were incurred in testing and certification required to conform to 1999 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once completed, a total of 249 production Series 1 were constructed by Shelby American, Inc. all as 1999 models. During production, Venture Corporation purchased Inc.. The purchase included the Series 1 model, but not the rights to produce the "Continuation Series" Shelby Cobras. In 2004, after a subsequent bankruptcy by Venture Corporation, Carroll Shelby's new company, Shelby Automobiles, Inc.. purchased the Series 1 assets for pennies on the dollar.

Included in the asset purchase were enough components to produce several more complete Series 1's. Because the 1999 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards certificate had expired, the cost to re-certify the car was prohibitive, all Series 1's produced after that date were completed as "component cars" and delivered with no engine or transmission; those "component car" models built in 2005 are identified with a seven digit vehicle identification number and were designated with a CSX5000 series serial number. The original 249 were production cars with a seventeen digit VIN. A lot of the interior components came from General Motors, such as a Monsoon premium sound system, an A/M-F/M cassette player and CD player radio from Buick, an instrument cluster and climate controls from Pontiac, a few other parts. After the bankruptcy of Venture Corporation, new investors approached Carroll Shelby with plans to build a Series II; the design was much like the Series I, but with restyled bumpers, headlamp assemblies, improved powertrain, more horsepower and other refinements.

Three prototype Series II’s were built for introduction at the 2006 Concorso Italiano in Monterey, CA. They were introduced at a price of $225,000 for the production models. Orders with deposits were placed for a limited production run. All but a few production slots sold out in a short time. After the prototypes were completed and before production began, more restrictive US DOT emission and safety standards became law, pushing the cost of Series II homologation well beyond what was anticipated. With the significant changes and additional testing required to meet new standards, the project ran out of money and was put on hold. Over $5,000,000 US was invested into the Series 2 project, but only the three Series II prototypes were built; the Series 1 was produced in both supercharged and aspirated versions. Supercharged cars were outfitted by the factory with larger brakes and a heavy duty clutch. Performance is in the "supercar" category with a 0-60 time at 3.2 seconds. Nicely optioned, Series 1 had power steering, power disc brakes, factory air conditioning, power windows, an AM/FM/CD audio system.

The convertible top folded away out of sight in a compartment located behind the cockpit. Some component cars were sold as a roadster with no convertible top; the Series 1 had dual wishbone suspension with coil-over remote reservoir dampers mounted inboard, actuated by "rocker arms". The engine was mounted behind the front axle and drove a drive shaft supported in a "torque tube" that spun a 6 speed ZF trans-axle specially modified for the Series 1; the chassis was formed 6061 aluminum. It was welded together and post-heat-treated for maximum strength throughout. Aluminum honeycomb panels specially designed were bonded into the floor boards and rocker panels for added structure and stiffness; the body panels were carbon fiber and fiberglass laminate. The engine, torque-tube, trans-axle, damper mounts were all rubber-isolated from the frame; the supercharged prototypes produced near 600 530 lb ⋅ ft of torque. The Goodyear Eagle F1 tires were based on an IMSA racing "rain tire", used for the "show car" model.

Goodyear built custom tires for the car. Wheels front: 18"x10" Wheels rear: 18"x12" Tires front: 265/40 ZR-18 Tires rear: 315/40 ZR-18 Supercars Site Car and Driver- Shelby Series 1 Road Test

Wickham B

The Wickham B is an American experimental twin engined, homebuilt aircraft. The twin engine aircraft was designed by Boeing engineer Jim Wickham in order to fly safely on one engine over the Seattle area; the model B is twin engine aircraft. The aircraft uses all aluminum construction with nose cone and wheel pants; the wings are configured with Fowler flaps. The two 25 U. S. gallons fuel tanks are independent of each other. The aircraft uses a throw-over yoke control, similar to a Beechcraft Bonanza. Design of the aircraft was started in December, 1957 and first flew in April, 1968; the engines were 125hp Lycoming O-290's but were subsequently changed to 150hp Lycoming O-320 engines. The Wickham B was donated to the Seattle Museum of Flight traded to the South Seattle Community College. In 2002, the aircraft was sold and restored to flying condition by Ross Mahon in Everett, Washington. In 2012 the plane was sold to Curtis Clark and it is based at Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. Data from Sport Aviation, original drawings, Wickham B POH Rev 3/18/06.

General characteristics Capacity: 5 Length: 25 ft 10 in Wingspan: 40 ft 3 in Height: 9 ft 10 in Wing area: 163 sq ft Aspect ratio: 9.5 Airfoil: NACA 63A- 418, taper to 4412 Empty weight: 2,065 lb Gross weight: 3,200 lb Fuel capacity: 50 U. S. gallons in two 25 U. S. gallons tanks Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming O-320 four cylinder, horizontally opposed piston aircraft engines Propellers: 2-bladed McCauley 1A170 70x64Performance Maximum speed: 120 kn Cruise speed: 100 kn Stall speed: 47 kn Never exceed speed: 160 kn Minimum control speed: 56 kn Endurance: 4 hours Service ceiling: 18,000 ft Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min Wing loading: 19.6 lb/sq ft Related development Wickham A Bluebird Wickham Model C Sunbird

Department of Human Services and Health

The Department of Human Services and Health was an Australian government department that existed between December 1993 and March 1996. The Department was created when the Department of Health, Local Government and Community Services changed its name. Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements and in the Department's annual reports. According to the Administrative Arrangements Order made on 15 December 1993, the Department dealt with: Services for the aged, people with disabilities and families with children Community support services Housing Public health and medical research Health promotion and disease prevention Pharmaceutical benefits Health benefits schemes Specific health services, including human quarantine National drug abuse strategy Matters relating to local government; the Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister.

The Secretary of the Department was Anthony Stuart Cole and Stephen Duckett

Soulard, St. Louis

Soulard is a historic neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, it is named for Antoine Soulard. Soulard was a surveyor for the Spanish government and a refugee from the French Revolution in the 1790s. One of the oldest communities in the city, Soulard is today a residential neighborhood whose many businesses include restaurants and the North American headquarters of Anheuser-Busch, which houses the St. Louis Brewery. Half of the neighborhood north of Lynch Street is composed of row homes and small apartments with the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and headquarters occupying most of the land south of Lynch. Many of its houses date to the mid- to late-19th century. Soulard has several historic churches. Many of its bars host live music the blues and jazz bands for which the city is known; the barrelhouse blues piano player James Crutchfield lived in the neighborhood from 1984 until his death in 2001, performed in many of the nightclubs. The district hosts. There are various neighborhood groups, including the Soulard Restoration Group and the Soulard Business Association, that organize events, keep the neighborhood clean and safe, publish a newspaper, The Soulard Renaissance.

It is home to the oldest farmers market west of the Mississippi. More than a hundred vendors include farmers, produce vendors, meat shops, spice shop, florist shops, food. Soulard Market is featured in the opening scene of Alan Schroeder's picture book Ragtime Tumpie. Soulard hosts many events throughout the year, including celebrations of Mardi Oktoberfest. Soulard hosts the St. Louis Mardi Gras festival, which sometimes attracts hundreds of thousands of revelers depending on weather, it has been said. Like the New Orleans celebration, the Soulard version features several parades during the Mardi Gras season. On the second Sunday before Mardi Gras, there is a family-oriented pet parade dubbed "Krewe of Barkus", which features people and costumed pets; the parade is followed by the informal Wiener dog races. On the Saturday evening before Fat Tuesday, the more adult-oriented flesh-for-beads parade occurs, although there have been various attempts to reserve a family section at one end of the route.

The east-west streets of Soulard, Geyer and Russell, others are crowded with people from 7th to 12th Street. Several VIP tents are available for admission by fee and a national recording artist performs for free on a main stage on 7th St. In recent years, the parade has been moved just north of Soulard to downtown St. Louis. In 2010, Soulard's population was 82.6% White, 13.3% Black, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, 2.3% from two or more races. 2.7% of the population was of Hispanic origin. Anzeiger des Westens, the former large German-American daily newspaper of St. Louis, the politically charged riot related to its readership that took place in Soulard Lafayette Square, St. Louis, a grand nearby neighborhood LaSalle Park, a former area of the neighborhood divided off by the construction of highways Missouri Rhineland, a major winemaking area in the region, both past and present Soulard Restoration Group - the neighborhood association of Soulard Soulard at St. Louis Front Mardi Gras Inc.

Organizers of St. Louis Mardi Gras Soulard Farmers Market Soulard Market Official Site The Lemp Mansion

Eddie Powell

Eddie Powell was a British stuntman and actor. Powell performed stuntwork in several films for Hammer Studios, serving as a regular stunt double for Christopher Lee, his credits during this time included portraying Thompson in Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A. D. and the Mummy in The Mummy's Shroud. He appeared in several James Bond films. Powell portrayed the Aliens for stuntwork in Aliens, he did stunts in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He had an uncredited part as The Goat of Mendes in The Devil Rides Out, he was married to Hammer's wardrobe-mistress Rosemary Burrows, was the brother of Joe Powell a film stuntman. Eddie Powell on IMDb