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Shaw, Wilburlocked

(31 October 1902–30 October 1954)
  • Norman L. Rosenberg

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Shaw, Wilbur (31 October 1902–30 October 1954), race car driver and race track official, was born Warren Wilbur Shaw in Shelbyville, Indiana, the son of James Shaw, a police officer and sales representative, and Mary King. Wilbur dropped out of high school and apprenticed as a plumber with his stepfather in Indianapolis, where he had grown up. In 1926 he married Beatrice Patrick, who died while giving birth. Young Shaw’s passion for sports and speed led him to build and drive race cars. After some success on the small-time dirt tracks of the Midwest, Shaw returned to Indianapolis for the 1927 running of the 500-mile race....

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