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A LONG, LOUD HUZZAH FOR NASSAU
Alfred Wright
December 12, 1960
In its seventh year, Bahamas Speed Week enjoyed its best racing yet. Most responsible for this success is big Red Crise, an American who says: 'I'm not a peaceable man'
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December 12, 1960

A Long, Loud Huzzah For Nassau

In its seventh year, Bahamas Speed Week enjoyed its best racing yet. Most responsible for this success is big Red Crise, an American who says: 'I'm not a peaceable man'

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Doers vs. readers

"I know how to put things together," he will tell you without any false modesty. "I know how to make things work. Trouble with most people, they'll get an idea but they can't make it go. You take my marine base at Miami. I had this partner, but he liked to read books. He wouldn't work, so I got out. Me, my phone gets answered 24 hours a day. I'm up at 6. If you get in my way and try to bust up my plans, I'd just as soon bust a bottle over your head."

Even as he says it, Crise is laughing and slapping his thigh over the recollection of some incredible and outrageous exploit of the past. "What do you think of that, mon?" he will ask. He calls everyone "mon," in imitation of Bahamian jargon. They like to tell a story down in Nassau about a drivers' meeting Crise was conducting before the race when the event was young. Stirling Moss made a number of suggestions, such as changing the starting time, eliminating the Le Mans start and limiting the entries to only the bigger, faster cars. Moss was seconded by several other big-name drivers, while Crise listened in silence. When they were through, Crise said: "Are you through? The race will start as scheduled. There will be the same number of cars as planned, and there will be a Le Mans start. You came here to drive, didn't you? Well, then get in your cars and drive." Moss turned to someone next to him and said, "Stubborn feller, isn't he?" But there was more admiration than anger in his voice.

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