A Visual Explanation

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This photograph of a Porsche 550 Spyder provides a visual explanation why dips in the road on Highway 466 may have contributed to the collision of James Dean’s Spyder Porsche, named “Little Bastard”, with the Ford driven by Donald Turnupseed which resulted in Dean’s death in 1955. Turnupseed reportedly did not see dean’s approaching Porsche on Highway 466 (now called Route 46) until he was already turning at the junction of Route 41 and didn’t have time to avoid the crash. It is easy to see how low to the ground the Spyder is in comparison to the sports cars in the background.

This photo was made at Cars and Coffee in Irvine, California on June 8, 2013 with a Nikon N90s and Kentmere 100 film. 

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