Race day (March 23rd) would dawn cold with temperatures near freezing and the smoke from campfires was very thick in the spectator area. Fortunately the skies were clear and the sun would warm things up as the day progressed. Those driving to the track on race day would pass through acres of orange groves and the smell of orange blossoms was in the air.
The traditional race day traffic jam was ably handled by the local constabulary with the assistance of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and several Bell 47G helicopters. An intrepid journalist managed to swing a ride on one of the choppers to get some aerial photos for his paper.
Pre-race ceremonies on Saturday included music from the Sebring High School marching band and a parade of vintage cars. There was also a parade of MG 1100’s with each carrying a well known driver whose name was affixed to a banner on the side of the car.
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