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Old 25-11-2013, 03:13 AM   #182
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In April 1954, after securing the co-starring role of Cal Trask in East of Eden, Dean purchased a 1955 Triumph Tiger T110, 650 cc motorcycle and later, a used red, 1953 MG TD sports car.. In March 1955, Dean traded the MG for a new 1955 Porsche Super Speedster purchased from Competition Motors in Hollywood. He traded the Triumph T110 for a 1955 Triumph TR5 Trophy 3 days after filming wrapped on East of Eden.. Just before filming began on Rebel Without a Cause, Dean entered the Palm Springs Road Races with the Speedster on March 26–27. He finished 1st overall in Saturday's novice class and 2nd overall in the Sunday main event. Dean also raced the Speedster at Bakersfield on May 1–2, finishing 1st in class and 3rd overall...

Longing to return to the "liberating prospects" of motor racing, James Dean was scheduled to compete at a racing event in Salinas, California on October 1, 1955. On September 30, 1955, Dean and his Porsche factory-trained mechanic, Rolf W├╝therich, were at Competition Motors in Hollywood preparing Dean's new Porsche 550 Spyder for the weekend sports car races at Salinas..They stopped at the Mobil station for gasoline on Ventura Blvd. at Beverly Glen Blvd. in Sherman Oaks around 2:00 p.m. The group then headed north on the Golden State Freeway US 99 (today, Interstate 5) and then over the "Grapevine" toward Bakersfield..At 3:30 p.m., Dean was stopped by California Highway Patrolman O.V. Hunter at Mettler Station on Wheeler Ridge, just south of Bakersfield, for driving 65 mph (105 km/h) in a 55 mph (89 km/h) zone.. Hickman, following behind the Spyder in the Ford with the trailer, was also ticketed for driving 20 mph (32 km/h) over the limit, as the speed limit for all vehicles towing a trailer was 45 mph (72 km/h)..East of Eden - Love on the Ferris Wheel ...

At approximately 5:15 p.m., Dean and Hickman left Blackwells Corner, driving west on Route 466 (now CA 46) toward Paso Robles, approximately 60 miles away. Dean accelerated in the Porsche and left the Ford station wagon far behind. Further along on Route 466, the Porsche crested Polonio Pass and headed down the long Antelope Grade, passing cars along the way toward the junction floor at Route 466 and 41. At approximately 5:45 p.m. PST, Dean spotted a black-and-white 1950 Ford Tudor coupe, driving at a high speed, heading east on Rt. 466 just west of the junction near Shandon. Its driver, 23-year-old Cal Poly student Donald Turnupseed, made a left turn onto Route 41 headed north, toward Fresno. As Turnupseed's Ford crossed over the center line, Dean, who was driving at a reported speed of 85 Miles per hour, saw an impending crash and apparently tried to steer the Spyder in a "side stepping" racing maneuver, but there was not enough time or space, and the two cars crashed almost head-on. The Spyder flipped up into the air and landed back on its wheels off in a gully, northwest of the junction. The sheer velocity of the impact sent the much-heavier Ford broad-sliding 39 feet down Route 466 in the westbound lane.... Dean had bumped into Alec Guinness at the Villa Capri, a local Hollywood hangout.. He was so proud of the car that he insisted upon showing it to Guinness...
James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, at the 7 Gables apartment house located at the corner of 4th Street and McClure Street in Marion, Indiana, to Winton Dean and Mildred Wilson..Dean and W├╝therich were taken in the same ambulance to the Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, 28 miles away. Dean was pronounced dead on arrival at the Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital at 6:20 (=8) pm...Mr Dooley, now 65, was 15 when he saw Dean's frail Porsche demolished, leaving it little more than a mangled mass of metal. It was so badly damaged that police officers at the scene described it as "looking like it exploded". Mr Dooley and his brother-in-law narrowly avoided being caught up in the crash. When Dean's car finally came to a standstill Mr Dooley ran over to help.."James Dean was sitting on the left side facing us, on the passenger side," he insists "The man in the plaid shirt, the mechanic, was doing the driving"..The one person who could have solved the enduring mystery, the mechanic Weutherich, was too badly injured to attend the inquest. When he recovered he returned to his native Germany and never spoke of the crash. He died in another car crash in 1981,contrary to what was said at the inquest into his death, was travelling at just over 70mph, up to 20mph slower than was claimed..

A hand-written letter left behind by Dean as instructions for feeding his cat while he is away at the car rally at Salinas, California.
1 teaspoon white Karo
1 big can evaporated milk
equal part boiled water or distilled water
I egg yoke (sp.)
mix and chill
Don't feed him meat or formula cold
1 drop vitamin solution per day
Take Marcus to Dr. Cooper on Melrose for shots next week.
Author's note: That's one spoiled cat!..

US 466 began in Morro Bay, continuing to US 101 before turning north and following the path of today's SR 41 to Shandon in San Luis Obispo County..From the Nevada line on Hoover Dam, U.S. Route 466 remained co-signed with US 93 as it headed southeast.. The highway reached its eastern terminus in Kingman where it connected to the old U.S. Route 66..In 1964, California deleted the US 466 designation.. Arizona eliminated the designation in 1969.. When Nevada followed suit in 1971, the route ceased to exist... It was 3 years ago, on a dark evening. Easy to slip past the patrols, and I'd gone into the proletarian areas. There was no one else on the street, and no telescreens. She said, "2 dollars," so I went with her. She had a young face, painted very thick. It was really was the paint that appealed to me: white like a mask, and bright red lips. There were no preliminaries. Standing there with the smell of dead insects and cheap perfume, I went and did it just the same...

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