?Slower and Safer
Look for new engines and new tires at next year's Indianapolis "500." Speedway Owner Anton Hulman has just reduced maximum piston displacement from 274 cu. in. to 256 cu. in., while Firestone has been running successful high-speed (up to 145 mph) tests with waffle-treaded tires.
Unlimited Hydroplanes, the hot-rods of speedboating, open their season at Seattle Seafair on Lake Washington, Aug. 5. Boats to watch: Burnett Bartley Jr.'s Wildcatter, formerly Tempo VII, Guy Lombardo's 1955 national champion; Miss Wahoo, designed by Ted Jones; Gale V, 1955 Gold Cup champ; Slo-Mo-Shun IV, Stan Sayres' Allison-powered perennial.
?Too Many Too Fast
Baseball writers attending the 1956 Hall of Fame ceremonies complained that the Cooperstown museum was becoming too crowded too fast, decided to stem influx by voting in newcomers every two years instead of annually.
After hush-hush talks with British, New York Yacht Club will ask courts to change deed of gift for America's Cup so it may be raced for in 12-meters instead of vastly expensive 135-foot J-boats. Several U.S. syndicates have shown interest in building defenders. Cost for one boat and accessories: about $200,000.