Davidson is in
heavy demand as an after-dinner speaker, and when he is not at home with his
wife and three kids about a mile from the Speedway, he takes on as many
engagements as possible.
occasions, as on radio, Davidson's best moments are those in which he takes a
simple question and runs with it deeper and deeper into the bowels of trivia. A
recent call-in about riding mechanics elicited a marvelous tale about the poor
fellow who in 1933 heard nature's call and answered it—in the middle of the
third turn. An innocuous question about the 1913 race led Davidson to expound
on Jules Goux of France, the winner, who put down a pint of champagne at each
of his six pit stops and a seventh in Victory Lane. A caller who wanted to know
about Dick Rathman learned that, despite the difference in spellings, he is Jim
Rathmann's brother. The caller also found out that Dick's given name is James,
while Jim's given name is Richard.
requires an explanation, which you are not going to get here. But if you are in
the vicinity of Indianapolis in the next few days and turn your radio dial to
1070, there's a good chance you will find out everything you could want to know
about the Rathman-Rathmanns and a lot of other racers who will be or have been
in the 500.