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 Pat Vidan

Pat Vidan

Birth
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Death 1 Apr 1983 (aged 69)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Section 224, Lot 1529
Memorial ID 2135 · View Source
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Auto Racing Figure. Born in Portland, Oregon, he was a colorful character who started flagging local automobile races in 1946 and became assistant starter at Indianapolis in 1958. Known for his bodybuilder's physique, his crisp black-and-white outfits and his flourishes with his colored flags, he was made the Indianapolis 500 Chief Race Stater in 1962. Vidan appeared on many television shows, on talk radio and was featured in the racing movie "Winning" (1969). After seventeen years at the 500, he reired in 1979, returned to Portland, Oregon, where he lived until his death at age 69. In 2012, he was posthumously inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2135
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pat Vidan (27 Jan 1914–1 Apr 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2135, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .