1972 McLaren M16A Race Car, Driven by David "Salt" Walther

Summary

This hulk is what remains from one of the worst crashes in Indianapolis 500 history. On the first lap of the 1973 race, David "Salt" Walther's car crashed into the outside wall, exploded, and overturned. Though badly burned, Walther survived. After a lengthy rehabilitation, he returned to compete at Indy the following year.

This hulk is what remains from one of the worst crashes in Indianapolis 500 history. On the first lap of the 1973 race, David "Salt" Walther's car crashed into the outside wall, exploded, and overturned. Though badly burned, Walther survived. After a lengthy rehabilitation, he returned to compete at Indy the following year.

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1972

Subject Date

30 May 1973

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2006.24.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal

Color

Blue

Inscriptions

Tail fin: 77 Side: DAYTON / WALTHER / SPECIAL

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