As far as I know the only thing these have to do with Rice is that we found them tucked inside an old Campanile:
The first picture was taken on March 11, 1929, the second on March 13. The wreck that killed Lee Bible and a photographer was a gruesome one, so much so that Major Henry Segrave immediately retired from attempting land speed records. In a turn of events that shines much light on the human condition, Segrave died a year later chasing a new water speed record.
Note: I’m taking next week off for spring break. If anything interesting happens while I’m gone, take some pictures.
Back in those heady post-Great War years, it was fairly easy to get war-surplus airplane engines. The Triplex had three V12 Liberty engines making a total of around 1500 horsepower. There were a lot of crazy lightweight cars around with those kind of engines. Fatal accidents were quite common.
A similar thing happened after WWII–in this case, it was using surplus external fuel tanks to make the streamlined body of “Lakesters” (cars designed to race on dry lake beds, such as the Bonneville salt flats). Many of the Lakesters use salvaged engines from Ford Model A’s. Now, Lakesters are more likely to use fiberglass replicas instead of the actual fuel tanks, but the races still go on every summer.