Repeat! Hey, I did write that I would post something soon.
The first victim of the James Dean Death Car was Dean himself.
On September 30, 1955, thirteen (ooooh! spooksville!) days after filming an announcement for the National Highway Safety Committee wherein he advocated safe driving, Dean’s 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, which he’d named “Little Bastard” in honor of his own nickname, was hit by a 1950 Ford Custom Tudor coupe driven by Donald Turnupspeed.
Yep, the dude’s last name really was Turnupspeed.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Routes 41 and 466 near San Robles, California; Turnupspeed made a left-hand turn across the highway and plowed into the Porsche. According to Turnupspeed, he never saw the low, sleek silver car. Dean’s mechanic, Rolf Wuetherich, was thrown clear, but Dean was pinned inside the wreckage. He suffered a broken neck, plus other injuries, and died en route to San Robles War…
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