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The History

For those who are familiar with the history of Auto Racing, the name of Swede Savage will ring a loud and clear bell. According to many people in the 70's, Swede was destined to be one of the greatest drivers of all time. Fate, however, intervened, and the world lost the potential to either see or learn the truth of this statement. Swede lost his life in 1973 one month after a horrific wreck at the annual Indianapolis 500 mile race (Indy 500). At that point, I felt I lost my heart, too. I was a young child, sitting in the stands, directly experiencing something that no one -- infant, child, or adult -- should ever have to see: the death of a dream, the death of a man, the death of a husband and father.

So What Have *I* Got to Do With This?

Saying that this incident left me scarred and uncertain about life in general, well ... it might prove to be a bit heavy-handed and the words would likely ring empty; they are often overused. I can honestly say, however, that my thoughts of everything -- life, innocence, fairness, death, knowedge, fear, extremes, and most certainly auto racing -- changed that day. The impact was greater than could ever be expected, understood, or explained. To this day, I still mourn; and to this day, it is quite a significant part of my life.

On our site, you can also find many pictures of Swede Savage on my site. Please feel free to browse, but if you'd care to use the pictures or download them, I would appreciate an email request before you do so.

If you have any stories that you might wish to share, please feel free to contact me via email.

And, Finally ... My Friend, Bill ...

Many of the pictures posted below are donated courtesy of my very dear friend, Bill Jorgensen! Bill builds high quality model race cars (when he's not driving, himself).

Bill in his Sprint Car

If you'd like to see some of Bill's work, go here.

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