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Grandfather's Last Race

Grandfather's Last Race

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Published by William E. Spear
In October 1929, Benjamin O’Brien competed in the Gastonbury Invitational Automobile Race. It was 25-miles long and he was leading towards the end.

On the last lap, he crashed into the wall. Four other drivers slammed into him. One car flipped over the wall and rolled into Lake Gastonbury.

The comatose O’Brien was rushed to the hospital for tests and treatment but his condition did not improve. October’s chill dragged into December’s snow. On Christmas Eve, as his family left his hospital room, they wondered if they had seen Grandfather’s Last Race.
In October 1929, Benjamin O’Brien competed in the Gastonbury Invitational Automobile Race. It was 25-miles long and he was leading towards the end.

On the last lap, he crashed into the wall. Four other drivers slammed into him. One car flipped over the wall and rolled into Lake Gastonbury.

The comatose O’Brien was rushed to the hospital for tests and treatment but his condition did not improve. October’s chill dragged into December’s snow. On Christmas Eve, as his family left his hospital room, they wondered if they had seen Grandfather’s Last Race.

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Published by: William E. Spear on Sep 21, 2009
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05/11/2014

 
GRANDFATHER’S LAST RACE?Chapter One ofThe Mystery of the Phantom of the RacetrackByWilliam E. SpearTwo Plus Plus Productions LLCClinton, New Jerseywww.TwoPlusPlus.comTwo.Plus.Plus.Productions@gmail.com
 
Grandfather’s Last Race?iSummaryIn October 1929, Benjamin O’Brien competed in theGastonbury Invitational Automobile Race. It was 25-mileslong and he was leading towards the end.On the last lap, he crashed into the wall. Four otherdrivers slammed into him. One car flipped over the wall androlled into Lake Gastonbury.The comatose O’Brien was rushed to the hospital for testsand treatment but his condition did not improve. October’schill dragged into December’s snow. On Christmas Eve, ashis family left his hospital room, they wondered if theyhad seen Grandfather’s Last Race.Main CharactersBenjamin O’BrienRacecar driver living in Gastonbury,Ohio. Husband of Isabella, father ofThomas, grandfather of Tommy and Clair.Isabella O’BrienBenjamin’s wife and his pit crew chief.She and Benjamin have traveled aroundthe country racing for over thirtyyears.Thomas and LucySon and Daughter-in-law of Benjamin andIsabella. Parents of Tommy and Clair.Lucy is expecting their third child.TommyEldest child of Thomas and Lucy.ClairSecond child of Thomas and Lucy.
 
Grandfather’s Last Race?1The Public Address Announcer boomed his words to theaudience of 5,000:“With one lap to go in the 1929 GastonburyInvitational Auto Race, O’Brien has a huge lead.”For 99 laps on the cool October evening, Benjamin O’Brienpushed his car – The Banshee – as hard as its pistons,valves and tires would tolerate. Through corner aftercorner, he slid his car sideways with motor roaring andwheels spinning. In turn after turn, he outdueled the greatEuropean driver, Baron Spagnolo, and a field of localdrivers. Lap by lap, The Banshee responded by graduallydistancing itself from the other six cars.The Public Address Announcer voiced the impending moment:“O’Brien slides sideways through the first turnwith fountains of dirt spraying up from behindhis rear tires. He eases The Banshee into thesecond turn and barrels into the backstretch.Nothing can keep him from winning this race.”Just then, his right front tire blew out. The Bansheelurched into the wall, rolled side over side, and tumbled

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