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16 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 Sebring: The Big Race Grand Prix of Endurance Is rated the second most grueling race In the world, trailing only the 24-hour race at Le-Mans, France. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. drivers like Graham Hill, Dan Gurney and Pedro Rodriguez sweat it out over the twisting 5.2-mile course, which Is liberally sprinkled with hairpin turns, S-curves, a U-turn and other tests of a driver's skill and courage. By the time the checkered flag goes out at 10 p.m., the drivers have shifted gears 6,000 times, worn out six or more sets of tires, burned more than 300 gallons of gasoline and lost 10 pounds. The winners have driven more than 1,000 miles. For a week prior to the big race, the top names in international road racing go through practice sessions, qualifying runs and preliminary races, Who are the 50,000-plus spectators who Journey to Sebring each year? They may be college students or bank presidents, plumbers or farmers, bookkeepers or bookmakers, city councllmen or International ' 'ff ' ' I w A fllsSfl . 1. tV i.j. : - X i.V NO TURNING BACK It's a long way to the as it is all across the nation. South Florida Para-ground, but that suits this member of the South chute, Inc., near Indiantown, conducts a sky Florida Parachute Club just fine. Interest in sky diving school for those interested in the fascinat-diving is on the increase in Palm Beach County, ing sport. By CHUCK OTTERSON Sebring is a little town in ; south central Florida which, : for 51 weeks a year, isn't : much different from other lit-: tie towns throughout the state. ; Then comes Race Week. And during those seven days : Sebring sheds its small town : image and becomes a swing- ing, cosmopolitan place. Sebring, you see, is the ; American home of Internatlon-: al road racing. The annual : Florida International 12-Hour TYPICAL ACTION - Typical of the action seen each Sunday afternoon at the Royal Palm Polo Club in Boca Raton Is this one showing Harold "Chlco" Barry on the ball with Walter Hayden (white shirt) in ft ir K X H' k . j vM- ft: J v t. '" ' C. i? - s --,rv., . . - ; ' - ' N' i ifW 'lain i ' ' ' ' 8 Royal Palm, Gulf stream Form Hub Of Winter Polo playboys. The only bond among them is the fact they share an interest In road racing. Once they get to Sebring, however, they share a few other things: sunburn, dust, beer and waiting lines (often a mile long) outside the rest rooms. All in all, It's a hectic week. When it's all over, the drivers go on to the next stop on the circuit, the spectators go back to their schools, banks or what have you, and Sebring goes back to being just another little town In south Central Florida. , ;30 z thored the "Pedestrian's Guide to Polo" In 1956 and for the last three years has broadcast the International and Ail-Star matches In Houston's Astrodome for the benefit of the Texas Children's Hospital." "We are going to continue the Sunshine Polo League this season," Oxley said, "but In an effort to create more civic interest we are changing Royal Palm's name to the Boca Raton Polo Club. "The other members of the league will consist of Houston, Milwaukee and San Antonio. "In addition, as the highlight of the season, we are going to stage "The World Invitational 30-goal Challenge Cup.' " Oxley has no date In mind for the Challenge Cup at present but stated he was sending invitations to every polo player of prominence and from them he will form two teams who will play for the cup. "This means," he said, "that on a given afternoon polo fans In Palm Beach County will be able to see such stalwarts as Juan Carlos Her-riott of Argentina, the only 10-goal player in the world; the everpopular Harold Barry and Dr. Billy Linfoot at nine goals; Del Carroll of Miami, at eight week earlier than at Royal Palm, and will continue through April 27. Management and personnel will present the same faces tor the most part and this means the return of players, many of them internationally famous, who have combined to perpetuate Palm Beach County's image as the hub of winter polo in the nation. John T. Oxley, president of Royal Palm Polo, Inc., from Tulsa, Okla., is enthusiastic when speaking of the forthcoming season. "We are providing improved and new facilities for the spectators this year," he said, "The Golden Box seat grouping will be expanded to 864 seats, reserve parking will be available for pleasurable and comfortable viewing and general admissions will be accommodated by bleacher seats and sideline parking." Oxley revealed he has reached out to Philadelphia for a new general manager and announcer Don Carber-ry as replacement for Jack Cartusciello, who died last year. "Don's polo pedigree dates back to 1956," Oxley said, "and Includes four years of active play and eight years of promotional work. He au Polo enthusiasts In Palm Beach County will find plenty of outlet for their favorite sport in 1969 with almost four months of activity scheduled at the two old standbys Royal Palm Polo, Inc., at Boca Raton, and Gulfstream Polo, nine miles west of Lake Worth at Florida's Turnpike and Lake Worth road. Improved and new physical facilities and a new name will feature the Royal Palm season Jan. 12 through April 20; Gulf-stream will concentrate on putting the finishing sheen to three years of effort at its new locality. Play at the comparatively new 60-acre tract west of Lake Worth will start Jan. 5, one State Day April 2 was designated by the Florida State Legislature as State Day because Ponce de Leon first sighted Florida about that date in 1513. The designation by the lawmakers, made In 1953, was at the suggestion of Mary A. Harrell, a teacher of social studies in the John Gorrie High School of Jacksonville. Florida's state flower Is the Orange Blossom. The state bird is the Mockingbird. ' J r v. 4 - L i"? tvI v --T "r 1 ' . ... : i .. r - - ? " ' -y ...J t -' ' i f f " I , t ' ' O . .;. a '" - '",'' j goals; and others like Jules Romfh, Jackie Murphy and Ronnie Tong competing against each other at the same time." During the regular season the Sunshine League entries will compete for the Chamber of Commerce Cup, the Jack Cartusciello Memorial Trophy, the Arthur Vlnlng Davis Cup, Amalie Banks Trophy and the Society of Ireland In Florida Crystal Trophy among others. Gulfstream, a name made famous In the polo world from the time of its Inception In the 1920's, by such internationally-known names as the Phlpps, the Igleharts, the Sanfords and the Guests, will be starting its fourth season at the new plant. Each week there will be special benefits and matches for such trophies as the Bacardi Cup, the Spectator Cup and the MaJ. Frederick Collin Trophy. Last season Gulfstream was the site of the first major polo tournament ever staged In Florida the National 16-goal Tournament which started five years ago in California. It was won by Milwaukee which defeated Midland, Texas, 11-8, In the finals. Other entries were St. Louis, Sunnybrook and Gulfstream In addition to the two finalists. 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