Alas, as we told you two weeks back, them decibels are gone forever. This year Granatelli has entered a hot new turbojet car that doesn't make a peep, much less a vroom. But for a moment there we thought we might at least be able to hear an echo of the clamorous past.
Said Granatelli: "Knowing Indianapolis race buffs like the racket of exhausts, I spent $1,000 this spring for a noisemaker. It was a box with a rectifier that boomed taped engine sounds from speakers in the tail of the car. It was ear-splitting, even putting that beloved shaking sound of the Novi to shame. But then I figured, what the hell, if you have a quiet wife you aren't going to give her voice exercises. So if you are at Indianapolis you've got to watch for us to go by. You won't hear us coming or going."
NO GREATER LOVE
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were paired during the second round of the Las Vegas Tournament of Champions. On the par-3 14th hole, Nicklaus' tee shot hit a spectator—Kerry Lavac of Las Vegas—on the head, the ball bouncing into high grass to the left of the green. After Nicklaus got his par, he gave the blood-stained ball to Lavac. As Nicklaus walked off, Lavac, who wasn't seriously hurt, said to a companion: "I wish Arnie had hit me. He's my favorite."
HOW TO SUCCEED BY REALLY TRYING
In the past eight years Kansas State has won 10 football games. So last December the Wildcats got themselves a new coach, Vince Gibson, who had been a party to two rebuilding programs—first at Florida State and then at Tennessee.
Recently a Kansas State booster wrote to give us a progress report.
"Below," he states, "are a few items of interest [Gibson] has done since coming to the Kansas State campus.
"1. Purple carpeting, white walls (school colors) in football dressing room, along with piped-in music.
"2. Construction has started on a football dormitory with swimming pool.
"3. Plans have been approved on a $2 million-plus stadium.