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 Edward Gulbeng “Smokey” Elisian

Edward Gulbeng “Smokey” Elisian

Birth
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Death 30 Aug 1959 (aged 32)
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot Plot 52D, Lot 466
Memorial ID 21966 · View Source
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Race car driver. Elisian was an aggressive competitor whose style reminded many of his friend and idol, Bill Vukovich, Sr. During the 1955 Indianapolis 500, Elisian pulled his car off the track and ran to the site of Vukovich's accident. Elisian was later accused of causing the death of popular 1955 Indianapolis 500 winner, defending AAA champion and Midwest Sprint Car champion Bob Sweikert during a 1956 sprint car race at Salem, Indiana. Films of Sweikert's accident vindicated Elisian. Elisian qualified for the position in the middle of the front row of the 1958 500 Classic. In a heated first lap duel with pole sitter Dick Rathmann, Elisian lost control attempting a pass in the third turn and triggered a multi-car accident that resulted in the death of popular driver Pat O'Connor. Elisian received a suspension for this. After missing the 1959 Indianapolis 500, Elisian was tragically killed in a fiery accident during the 1959 Milwaukee 200 championship car race. The car in which he lost his life, "The Travelon Trailer Special," was rebuilt and propelled Jim Hurtubise to the status of fastest qualifier and Rookie-of-the-Year for the 1960 Indianapolis 500. Elisian is buried with his parents and 2 brothers in a family plot under his original family name.

Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett


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  • Added: 29 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21966
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Gulbeng “Smokey” Elisian (9 Dec 1926–30 Aug 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21966, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .