Saturday 3rd October 1964
Legendary drag racer Roland Leong, in his own “Hawaiian” rail, drove a nitro-fueled dragster for the first time. He failed to deploy the car’s parachute at the end of the 1/4-mile at Lions Dragstrip in Long Beach, California, USA, and the car did not stop until it reached the back of the sand trap at the end of the track. Track manager C.J. “Pappy” Hart tore apart Leong’s racing license.