ANOTHER HONOUR FOR THE LEGEND: THE LATE BOB TATTERSALL
By Dennis Newlyn
The memory of the late, great American Speedcar hero Bob Tattersall lives on . . .
This year marks half a century since he lost his battle against cancer and passed away in his hometown of Streator, Illinois on October 27, 1971. He was 47.
The man and his legendary track deeds will never die and, as a fine example of his gigantic status and the legacy he has left behind, on August 10 another very special honour will take place where he resided.
The American Racing Memorial Association (ARMA) and the Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) have combined to unveil what the groups describe as an “historical marker.”
The ceremony will take place at 11:30am at 501 Main Street, Streator, Illinois.
It will be at the site of the existing wall mural of “Two Gun” Tattersall.
Driver Kevin Olsen has headed this latest worthy recognition bestowed on Bob Tattersall.
The ARMA/IRMA presented its first “marker” in April, 2019, acknowledging the iconic, late Indy 500 driver Tony Bettenhausen who was killed while track testing Paul Russo’s car during practice before the 1961 Indianapolis 500. The ceremony, which also honoured the Bettenhausen racing family, was held in their former home town, Tinley Park, Illinois, at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Centre.