Thursday, June 2, 2016

Seven Secret Indy 500 Remnants-- Part 3: Vuky's Son and Grandson Also Raced at Indy

Bill Vuckovich's body was taken directly to the nearby Conkle Funeral Home.  The funeral home was, and still is, located just a few yards from the back door of the Thompson home.

That night the house was the scene of a star-studded wake, with Vukovich's fellow competitors and their mechanics paying their respects to his widow.

Vukovich's son, 11-year-old Bill II, was back home in Fresno, California.  He had learned of his father's death while listening to the race on the radio.  Both he and his son, Bill Vukovich III, became race car drivers, and both raced at Indianapolis.  Bill III was killed in a sprint car race in Bakersfield, Cal., in 1990.


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