|(8-3-11) From website contributor
"I was raised in Laurel Run Borough.
The Giant's Despair IS Laurel Run's main street, East Northampton Street,
once called the Wilkes-Barre Turnpike. Wilkes-Barre is one town away from
The whole town was since been razed because
of an underground mine fire.
The race was suspended, probably before
or during WWII, and was resumed about 1951. It is still run but not with
the classic sports cars of yesteryear.
The parking space for cars getting ready
to run was the turnaround for the transit buses. I was a teenager when
the race was resumed. I was checking out the cars in the parking area when
I saw a man with a hacksaw sawing away at the rear tires of a Ferrari.
I figured he wasn't a vandal since none
of the other drivers stopped him. I asked what he was doing. Someone said
he was "microsyping" the tires. I asked what that meant and was told that
he was cutting narrow grooves across the tread to give the tires a better
grip on the road. I believe I was told the man with the saw was the
driver, Carroll Shelby."