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The Grand Prix circuit has always been the most glamorous form of automobile racing, followed closely by the sports car tour. Both have prestige, a continental setting, chic women and all the rest. But Indianapolis, until recently, was a different matter. Mention Indy and somebody would always conjure up a guy in a leather jacket with grease under his broken fingernails, chopping up the King's English. All of that has changed in the past three or four years, but if any doubts linger they should be dispelled by the fall/winter sports-clothes line that Robert Bruce, Inc. of Philadelphia will shortly introduce. Right there next to all those sideburned, razor-cut professional models is Mario Andretti, twice USAC national champion, bedecked in pullover sweaters, turtleneck shirts and zip-front jackets, looking for all the world like, well, like a sporty-car driver, for gosh sakes.
The racing theme is obvious. Torino, Mustang and Cougar sweaters (the "Fastback Trio") will vie with Pacer turtlenecks and Sebring jackets, all with bright, wild colors and stripes. This is not the first time an Indy driver has been used to sell men's clothing. "But we chose Andretti because he's young and has a fantastic image for merchandising," said Robert Bruce advertising director Norton Binder. "Mario has a flair for this kind of thing. His modeling was almost like a professional's."
Andretti's chief rival on the Indy-championship trail, A. J. Foyt, is having another kind of image problem. His car won't work. In the first two races of the 1968 big-car circuit, A.J., who won the driving title for a record fifth time last year, was put down by mechanical troubles, as he was in the year's first two big stock car events, the Riverside and the Daytona 500s. So, during a practice session for the recent Phoenix 150, he gathered up his crew members and marched them down to the barber shop at the Sundowner Motel.
Everybody was ordered to get his hair cut. Foyt, who lately has been concerned with his own receding hairline, came out looking like a Parris Island recruit. "I had to do something to change our luck," he said.
But came the race, and A.J. didn't complete the first lap. Like Samson, he had lost his strength with his locks. Or, more precisely, his engine had. It blew. So did A.J. His post-race comment was not exactly in the Mary Poppins vein.
For some time marine biologists have known that clams and oysters taken from polluted waters were unfit for human consumption, but a recently published study concerning Maryland's Chesapeake Bay suggests that fish caught in polluted waters may also be dangerous to eat. Antibodies to the bacteria that cause paratyphoid fever, pseudotuberculosis and dysentery have been found in the blood of white perch taken from rivers flowing into Chesapeake Bay.
In Japan, where it is the custom to eat raw fish, hundreds of poisoning cases have been traced to fish. Most Americans cook their catch, and probably the cooking process destroys the dangerous bacteria. Still, the Maryland report is disturbing. Once again it seems that, to our own detriment, we are despoiling more of nature than had previously been imagined.