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Bob Alsenz, blond 28-year-old Anaheim, Calif. truck driver more at home behind wheel of hot rod than in cab roared his hand-fashioned Chrysler-powered dragster, fired by combination of alcohol and nitro methane, over quarter-mile strip at screeching 159.01 mph, fastest in drag racing history, in National Hot Rod Association races at Kansas City.
John Kilborn of Decatur, Ill. and Howard Hively of Cincinnati spun their gleaming red Ferrari 480 miles around twisting 4-mile paved Road America track to win 6-hour endurance run for sports cars at Elkhart Lake, Wis. (see page 57).
Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore, not getting any younger (or richer) while waiting for Floyd Patterson, took on Wrestler-Boxer Professor Roy Shire for pay night at Ogden, Utah, won by TKO in third round.
Agostino Straulino and Nico Rode, Italy's 1952 Olympic champions, won second day's race, deftly maneuvered their Merope III into fourth place in final heat to clinch Star class world title for third time on Bay of Naples.
Bill Cox, New York City magazine publisher-sailor, took his first whirl at international Lightning class racing, won three of five races over triangular Lake Erie course, piled up 218 points to capture crown at Point Albino, Ont.