THREE-TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 STARTER MAGILL DIES AT 86 INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 -- Charles Edward "Mike" Magill, a competitor in the Indianapolis 500-Mile Races in 1957, 1958 and 1959, died Aug. 31 in Haddonfield, N.J. He was...
THREE-TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 STARTER MAGILL DIES AT 86
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 -- Charles Edward "Mike" Magill, a competitor in the Indianapolis 500-Mile Races in 1957, 1958 and 1959, died Aug. 31 in Haddonfield, N.J. He was 86.
The good-natured Magill, who lived his entire life in Haddonfield, was briefly a member of the Merchant Marines and later an Air Corps veteran who spent much of World War II stationed in the Pacific. The third-ranking driver in the 1956 USAC East Coast Sprint car point standings, Magill competed in 15 National Championship events, placing fourth in a 100-miler in 1955, at Langhorne, Pa., and fifth in the same event a year later.
Magill is somewhat of a footnote in "500" history in that when the great five-time Argentinian World Champion, Juan Manuel Fangio, had to forego making a qualifying attempt for the 1958 Indianapolis 500 due to a contractual conflict, Magill qualified the George Walther-owned Dayton Steel Foundry Special with which Fangio had been practicing. Magill was involved in a huge accident on the opening lap of that race and spent more than an hour in the pits while repairs were made, eventually to be flagged off in 17th position at the finish, the best result of his three starts. The following year, he suffered a back injury when he became involved in a four-car accident and landed upside down.
Services will take place at:
2:30 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Sept. 6
Locustwood Memorial Park
Route 70 West and Cooper Landing Road
Cherry Hill, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Magill's memory may be made to:
Victory Junction Gang Camp
4500 Adam's Way
Randleman, N.C. 27317.