The creative imagination of politicians is such that, when it comes to fund-raising, the best that most of them can come up with is a suggestion for a $50-a-plate dinner. The menu: stringy chicken and watery peas. The speeches: as lively as the menu. No one has any fun.
The new state of Hawaii is refreshingly different. To raise funds, the Republicans staged a football game in Honolulu Stadium the other day between the Hawaii Colts, touted as "card-carrying Republicans," and the Hawaii All-Stars. Both teams were made up of good college and high school players. The Colts, favored by two touchdowns, won—but only 3-0. The Republicans netted $2,000 out of an $8,000 gross. Not only that, they are challenging the Democrats to field a team next year.
THE OFFY STRIKES BACK
At the Indianapolis "500" last May the big story was that of the Lotus-Fords, light, rear-engined entries that gave the conventional Offenhausers fits and finished second and seventh. Since then the Lotus-Fords have continued to impress, while Offy devotees have wondered what to do about them. Now somebody has done it.
In big-time U.S. racing, maximum horsepower must be crammed into 256 cubic inches of engine. The Offenhauser develops 440 hp, the Lotus-Ford 385, but an equally important factor is the weight of the car itself. The Offy cars weigh upward of 1,650 pounds "wet" (fuel and oil added), and the L-F entries weigh about 1,200 pounds. The surmise, then, has been that if somebody could combine the more powerful Offy engine with a lightweight, rear-engine chassis, the year of the Lotus-Ford might well come to an end. The 200-mile USAC championship at Trenton, N.J. on September 22 is about to see just that kind of car. Three Portland, Oregon men—Rolla Vollstedt, Dick Martin and Tom Nehl—have put such a racing machine together, and Len Sutton, who finished second in the 1962 "500" at Indianapolis, will drive it. It is called the Tom Nehl GMC Truck Special and, while weighing 150 pounds more than the Lotus-Ford, will have 55 more horses.
"We expect it to average 155 miles per hour," says Nehl. "If it goes like we think it will, it will cause an even bigger revolution in auto racing."
If it doesn't, it's back to the drawing board.
NEW LOOK IN NEW ENGLAND
There may be fewer knee and ankle injuries in football if an experiment under way at four New England colleges—Bates, Bowdoin, Colby and Northeastern—proves successful. Studying game films and delving into the history of knee and ankle injuries, Dr. Daniel F. Hanley, Bowdoin team physician, discovered that they occur mostly because the two heel cleats catch in the turf when a player is cutting. The movement forces knee and ankle joints into unnatural positions and causes torn cartilages, water on the knee, sprains and strains. Simple solution: remove the heel cleats. The new football shoes now look rather like track shoes but play is unaffected since, Dr. Hanley says, most running, turning and cutting is done on the front cleats.
LONG VOYAGE HOME
During the long hot summer the boys of Amarillo's YMCA swim club worked at their swimming skills and roamed across the state in intercity meets. With summer drawing to an end and municipal pools about to close, they thought of President Kennedy's inspiration of the 50-mile hike. Why not a 50-mile swim, they asked each other, just to round out the season?