Star-Phoenix from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on November 3, 1995 · 41
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Star-Phoenix from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada · 41

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Friday, November 3, 1995
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I X- ' K A 3tflilllf Friday, November 3r 1995 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan The StarPhoenix j r" vV jP C11 Can female race driver was first in many ways Petrie commanded 'certain sense of awe': nephew By Kevin McGran of The Canadian Press TORONTO As a female race-car driver in the 1930s, Kay Petre did a lot of things first Now, a year after her death at age 92, Petre's accomplished another She's the first female driver to be inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. "She certainly was the firecracker in our family," said Dave Denies of Toronto, Petre's nephew. "There was a sense of awe to be around her. "She certainly was an inspiration. I mean, here was this small, five-foot tall lady who could do anything." Petre was one of 10 inductees announced Thursday at the three-year-old hall, which now boasts 30 members. The 10 will be honored at a gala Nov. 11. Born Kay Defines in Toronto, Petre lived most of her adult life in England and earned the title Queen of the Brooklands for her daring and speed on the famed British Oval. She drove the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1934 to 1938, finishing 13th in her first Le Mans. She was the first woman to become a regular driver when she signed to race for the Austin factory team in 1937. "She'd tell us stories of when she was racing at 100 miles an hour and the oil line breaks and she'd keep going with the hot oil spraying in her face hoping the motor would keep going just so she could finish the race," said Defines. In September 1937, she crashed and rolled, sustaining severe head injuries and was unconscious for five weeks. She overcame partial paralysis and plastic surgery to return to racing a year later. "She had an iron will to live," said Defines. "She loved being on the leading edge of technology. She had to get on the Concorde (supersonic passenger jet) just to see what it was like." Francis Bradley of Toronto, dubbed Canada's Fastest Bus Driver because he drove buses and streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission, was also inducted into the Hall. Bradley won the Canadian driving championship in 1962 in a Lotus 19. Born in England before moving to Canada in 1954, Bradley remembers Petre. "She created a bit of interest in racing for me," said Bradley, who watched Petre race at Brook-lands. "She was always in the papers." Frank Hawley of London, a former world champion, and Dale Armstrong of Holden, Alta., a former driver and crew chief, were the first dragsters inducted. Stock-car racers (Terrible) Ted Hogan of Toronto, who won 37 times on the old CNE circuit, and Norm Lelliott, also of Toronto and a regular on Ontario ovals in the '60s and '70s, were also inducted. Builders inducted are: (Dizzy) Dean Murray of Kleinburg, Ont., who promoted stock car races; Trevor Deeley of Vancouver and Ron and Eve White of Toronto, who promoted motorcyclng; and Derek Oland of Moosehead Breweries, Ltd., a long-time sponsor of motorsports in Atlantic Canada. The hall is located in the basement of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, site of the Toronto Molson Indy. Andrew Gordon, president of CART, the governing body of the IndyCar series, is the keynote speaker at the $200-a-plate dinner. U.S. automakers invade Tokyo show -CP Kay Petre of Toronto, who drove In the 24 Hours of LeMans fom 1934 to 1938, is the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (c) New York Times Service TOKYO In years past, American automobile executives came to the Tokyo Motor Show to see the latest competitive challenges they would be facing from Japan. But at this year's show, which opened last week, American automakers were exhibiting as much as looking. For the first time, the Big Three displayed numerous models to sell in Japan, begin ning in 1996, with steering wheels on the right side of cars and trucks. Chrysler Corp. showed four new right-hand-drive models the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Neon and Voyager mini-van. Ford showed right-hand-drive Tauruses and Explorer sports-utility vehicles. Toyota dealers will sell General Motors' Chevrolet Cavalier as the Toyota Cavalier. Until now, Detroit offered only two right-hand-drive vehicles in Japan, the Chrysler Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Probe. The new American onslaught comes only a few months after the United States and Japan forged a last-minute trade agreement intended to increase sales of American cars and parts in Japan. It also comes as sales of imported cars are steadily rising in Japan, helped by a price advantage to foreign cars resulting from the strong yen. U.S. Safety Board wants campaign to warn of car air bag clangers WASHINGTON (AP) - Air bags can kill babies and toddlers, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, calling for an immediate, high-visibility cam- paign to warn parents of the danger. The board moved to enlist manufacturers and health, medical and educational orga-nizations across the country in putting the word out to every parent of a young child. The move came just a week after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a similar caution. The Safety Board said it has investigated seven accidents in which infants or small children were killed or severely injured as a result of air-bag deployments. In at least four of the cases, drivers were unaware of warn- Officials stressed air bags have a excellent records and have saved hundreds of lives. ings against using rear-facing safety seats when air bags were installed, the agency said. 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