TIL During the 1930 Indianapolis 500, Chet Miller’s car had suffered suspension failure and was not allowed to continue until it was fixed. With no parts on hand, mechanics went to a spectator’s car in the infield, and took parts off of it. Then replaced them post race without the owner knowing.

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This is the definition of “better to ask for forgiveness than permission”


It’s the “without the owner knowing” part that’s truly impressive.


Right, this was only possible because that year and a few around it had rules in place that encouraged the cars on the track to be the same ones one could actually purchase out in the real world.


His mechanic still wonders where the spectator got an engine block branded by Lucky Strikes.


Did he win?