641204 SyrPostStd Marshman obit
Bobby Marsh man Car Crash Burns Fatal To Marshman SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) -Bobby Marshman, who was born into auto racing and became became known as a hardÂ«luck driver, died Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center of critical burns suffered in a flaming racing car accident Nov. 27, The 28-year-old Marshman, native of Pottstown, Pa., was burned over 90 per cent of body while testing tires for a tire company at Phoenix, Ariz. Many drivers do this between races. He was flown to the medical center here for treatment. His wife, the former Janet Fairlie Graterford, Pa., whom he married in 1958, was with him at time of death. Hs parents, and Mrs. George Marshman Yerkes, Pa., also had come Â·when they learned of the acci- dent. At the time of the crash, Marshman had just completed lap at better than 115 miles hour when his car crashed into a retaining wall. His Lotus which he had driven in the Indianapolis 500 race this year, melted in the intense heat portion of the concrete wall burned. Marshman was sprayed with gasoline which ignited anci he Â·was trapped in the cockpit for about one minute. He climbed out unaided, however, turned, his mechanic, Jack Beck'ey of Los Angeles and said: "Jack, get me to a hospital, quick. burning all over." Firefighters covered him with foam but not before he was severely burned. Marshman was known as a hard-luck driver because the races always seemed to evade him due to a series of mechanical difficulties and other problems. problems. During last May's Indianapolis 500, he qualified with record speeds and started the race the first row. He led in the stages but was forced to retire with mechanical troubles. Since he began racing at Indianapolis in 1961, his best finish was fifth in 1962. Marshman's father, a former driver, is the owner of the Hatfield, Pa., Speedway. Bobby was too young to remember when he first went to the but he once said he believed was 4 months old. At the time of his death Marshman held the unofficial speed record for the Indianapolis Indianapolis track. During the time trials last May, he was the first clocked over 160 m.p.h. average for one lap. a , .. , . Marshman achieved his first tial major victory n 1960 when he won the 300-mile midget championship championship at Trenton, N.J.