As I remember the Highway 41/46 junction. exhausted, hungry, feeling a little ill-tempered in spite of Deans kindness, I heard myself saying in a voice I could hardly recognize as my own: Please never get in it. In 1955, motor enthusiast Dean was en route to a racing event in Salinas, California, when he slammed into US Navy veteran Donald Turnupseed's Ford Tudor, sending the movie star's much lighter sports car bouncing off and spinning on to the pavement. Photo via Corbis. Privacy Policy. As Dean and Wutherich drove west on the now-nonexistent Route 466 toward Route 41, near the intersection of present-day Highways 46 and 41 northeast of Paso Robles, Cal Poly student Donald Turnupseed pulled his Ford . . Got it? The best way you could envision the scene while sitting here in Indiana in the dead of winter would be for you to make a peace sign with the index and middle fingers of your right hand. James Dean received a speeding ticket on Highway 99 about a hour before this wreck. "They had a chance to fix it beforedown time.". All true. Details of James Deans last hours on earth have been well documented but are worth revisiting. In a 1977 interview on BBC television, Guinness recounted a prophetic premonition: Exhausted, hungry, feeling a little ill-tempered in spite of Deans kindness, I heard myself saying in a voice I could hardly recognize as my own, Please, never get in it. Guinness said. Donald Turnupseed continued to live a relatively normal life after the accident. What about the people who don't turn on their headlights at dusk cause they can still "see" . Oddly, I happen to have a copy of Dean's death certificate as I> know some of the men who signed it (not my Dad, though).> > As the best I remember at the Highway 41/46 split Turnipseed had the right> of way and Dean had an arterial stop sign. And it was Barris who eventually came to own the deathcar. I remember the night when Dad> reported the news at home. Like James Dean himself, Cholame is frozen in time. By I have no choice but to drive with headlights in the daytime. James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 - September 30, 1955) was an American actor. According to the postmortem report, it is believed that Dean's head impacted with the front grill of the other car. Thank you for fulfilling this photo request. "That's something that bothered him his whole life. (*) I guess it's not a secret anymore . He did not stop and plowed into the passenger side of Turnipseed's, car. During the Civil War, Jack enlisted in the 56th New York Volunteer Infantry. American Folk Figure.,, THE BARRIS STUFF | Page 3 | The H.A.M.B. Dean laughed it off and set about preparing the car for the Salinas sports car races with his Porsche mechanic Rolf Wtherich. Photos of Turnupseed's Ford Custom are also included. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? The sun is setting behind Jack and Rose as the ship is sailing WEST. This relationship is not possible based on lifespan dates. At approximately 5:15 p.m., Deans party hit the road, driving west on Route 466 toward Paso Robles, approximately 60 miles away. He was 63. I mean, it was awful, but when your name is Donald Turnupseed and you kill a guy as famous as James Dean you'd think you'd take every chance to claim your rightful piece of the myth." Please enter your email and password to sign in. What about "Titanic"? Don't even get me started on cellphones being used while driving. You may not upload any more photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 30 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 15 photos to this memorial. Terms of Service. He remains the symbol of teenage angst to millions of young people whose grandparents were more familiar with him than them. > Dean was heading west from Bakersfield to join the 101 at Paso Robles. Turnupseed, who was driving from school in . It was later determined that Turnupseed was speeding at around 85 mph before impact. After Dr. Eschrich striped the car of its engine and any other salvageable racing components, he evidently sold the Spyders mangled chassis to Barris. The driver of the other car, 23-year-old California Polytechnic State University student Donald Turnupseed, was dazed but mostly uninjured; Dean's passenger, German Porsche . Donald Gene Turnupseed 1932 - 1995 . He was the driver of the 1950 Ford Tudor that collided with a 1956 Porsche Spyder driven by the famed actor James Dean on September 30, 1955. The heavy Ford Turnupseed slid 39 feet down the highway while the Spyder 550 (a much lighter car) was thrown into the air. If you have questions, please contact [emailprotected]. > You said much the same thing here when we discussed this in 1999. Shortly after the crash, publicity monger and self-proclaimed King of Kustoms George Barris bought the Spyder, promising to rebuild it. Dean died in a car crash nearly 65 years ago (September 30, 1955) but he remains a fixture on the pop culture landscape as the gold standard of cool. When the case was dropped, he was still in possession of the photographs and being a history buff, made sure they were not destroyed.'. . The present> alignment has no stop sign, a straight thru lane to Bakersfield and uses a > left turn lane to Fresno rather than the> original "Y" layout with a stop sign. In 1981 he too died in a car crash. When he reached the Route 41 junction, he went to take a left turn - not noticing the small silver Porsche headed in the opposite direction. This bypass became known as the racers road, a popular short-cut for sports car drivers going to Salinas. Around 5:45 p.m., a black-and-white 1950 Ford Tudor Custom coupe traveling at high speed was headed east on Route 466 just west of the town of Shandon. Although tiny Cholame (population 116) makes Deans hometown of Fairmount, Indiana (population @ 2,600 in 1955) look like a metropolis, it would be hard to find a more typical California town. Close this window, and upload the photo(s) again. The gruesome display was promoted as: James Deans Last Sports Car. There is a small barren patch dotted with tufts of grass. Guinness had already received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Lavender Hill Mob in 1951. Wtherich suffered a broken jaw and serious hip and femur injuries, but survived. Help us keep history alive. Dean was pronounced dead on arrival at the Paso Robles War Memorial hospital at 6.20pm. The Roloff Familys Bathing Suit Photos, Meet Return to Amishs Sabrinas Newborn: Cutest Photos of Baby No. The Ford suddenly began to turn left to head northwest on 41. His body would be taken via ambulance to Paso Robles War memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by Deputy Coroner Paul E. Werrick. Dean was at the wheel of his sleek silver Porsche Spyder was headed to a sports car race (his fourth) at Salinas Municipal Airport. On the other hand, getting aticket does have a way of gentling you down for a while. Turnupseed later testified at a hearing held in San Luis Obispo that he slowed as he approached the intersection, glanced up the hill to look for oncoming cars, and then crossed over the line to continue his left turn on to Highway 41. The driver of that car was a college student by the name of Donald Turnupseed and he was only injured in the crash. As this year's 40th anniversary of the crash approached, requests forinterviews continued. Imagine Turnupseeds car bearing left and swerving onto your index finger precisely at the same time as Deans car passes the same spot. The vendor, also called Robert Coyle, said: 'These are official. . The 24-year-old was driving west on US Route 466 in California, bound for a racing event in Salinas, on September 30, 1955, when his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor driven. In the TV special I saw no mention of the highway > redesign. The vendor, also called Robert Coyle, said: 'These are official photos taken at the scene after the crash. Just what was that ticket for? Go seeit. His family also helped shield him from reporters. On Mon, 11 Mar 2019 12:16:20 -0700 (PDT). Anyone else remember him saying that? Donald Gene Turnupseed was the driver of the 1950 Ford Tudor that collided with a 1956 Porsche Spyder driven by the famed actor James Dean on September 30, 1955. I'm also willing to believe that Dean blew throughthe stop sign, not expecting Turnupseed to turn into the oncoming lane. Despite reports of Deans speed being around 85 mph, Corp. Nelson estimated that the actual speed was around 55 mph, based on the wreckage and position of Deans body. Barris offered $1,000,000 to anyone who could produce the remains of the deathcar, but no one ever came forward to claim the prize. Donald Turnupseed spent his entire life refusing to talk about James Dean. Turnupseed developed a fondness for cars while a student at Thesimulation contains the stop sign; you can see it. The Ford, driven by 23-year-old Cal Poly student Donald Turnupseed, was turning at an intersection when the two cars hit almost head-on, resulting in massive damage to Dean's Porsche. Verify and try again. This evidence consists of where> the cars came to rest, and the level of damage they sustained in the> collision. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? Try again later. When people ask me why I do this, I>> say, if James Dean had had his headlights on, he would still be alive>> today.>. No animated GIFs, photos with additional graphics (borders, embellishments. Use the links under See more to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. cemeteries found within kilometers of your location will be saved to your photo volunteer list. At the same time, Donald Turnupseed, a 23-year-old Navy veteran and Cal Poly student, was headed east on Route 466 just west of the junction of highways 46 and 41. It is not known exactly how Barris knew Eschrich, but in late-1956, Barris announced that he would rebuild the Porsche. His mother died of a broken heart shortly after the accident. One of the men mentioned, He had a closed-casket funeral to conceal his severe injuries from his hometown friends and family. These men had been underclassmen at Fairmount high school and relayed stories of encounters with Dean from their school days. Interesting. ON This Day In Photos: September 30, 1955 - James Dean killed in a car crash. This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review. See Photos of Your Favorite Stars Going Topless, Lets Go to the Beach! I always drive with mylights on. What happened to HIM? He shared a passion for racing with two other leading men of the era, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, and had entered his first professional race earlier in the year. My new vlog YouTube link is in the bio. Sign up for the latest automotive news and videosin short, everything for people who love cars. Jacks land was eventually sold to the William Randolph Hearst Corporation in 1966 and is still a working cattle ranch today. Imagine that, killing James Dean and never wanting to talk about it. There was never an official finding of fault in the crash, however standard driving procedure would indicate that Turnupseed was at fault since he made the left in front of Dean. I read that the insurance investigators, CHP. This account already exists, but the email address still needs to be confirmed. In Touch Weekly is part of the a360media Entertainment Group.Copyright a360media 2023. At the time of the crash, Dean had completed one other film, 1956s Giant, which starred Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. All right, someone's got to explain the GREEN BERETS thing to me, > >Another good idea is to at least turn on headlights in the daytime if, > Now the law in California, though it's the kind of common-sense thing, No harm either. In fact Little Bastard had caused upset almost from the moment Dean bought it. Dramatic never-before-seen photographs from the wreckage of James Dean's fatal car crash have been unearthed 64 years after the Hollywood legend's horrific death. The James Dean car accident occurred on September 30, 1955, when James Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder to a race in Salinas, California. 46 toward the junction. In September 2015, The Hollywood Reporter noted that visitors to the crash site leave an assortment of tributes, including pictures, alcohol and womens underwear. A copy is posted here in Woodland at Chubby's Diner with other Dean memorabilia. The racers road went directly to Blackwells Corner at U.S. Route 466 (later SR 46). Mr Dooley, now 65, was 15 when he saw Dean's frail Porsche demolished, leaving it little more than a mangled mass of. Didn't mean to imply that it would. Deans posse that day consisted of Porsche mechanic Rolf Wtherich, Warner Bros. Studios stuntman and close friend Bill Hickman and photographer Sanford H. Roth who was shooting photos for an upcoming story of Dean at the races for Colliers magazine. For one thing, motorcycles(required to have illuminated headlamps at all times) wouldn't standout nearly as well if everyone did the same thing.-- _+_ From the catapult of |If anyone disagrees with any statement I make, I_|70|___:)=}- J.D. We have set your language to Guinness didnt know Dean (by this time, of Deans three movies, only East of Eden had been released) but Dean sure knew Guinness. The group then headed north on the Golden State Freeway and then headed out on Interstate 5 (aka the Grapevine) toward Bakersfield. He was the driver of the 1950 Ford Tudor that collided with a 1956 Porsche Spyder driven by the famed actor James Dean on September 30, 1955. As I remember the Highway 41/46 junction, > Turnipseed had the right of way on Highway 41 with Dean approaching > eastbound on Highway 46 controlled by an arterial stop sign. Dean did not>> have his headlights on, so it is likely that Turnipseed never saw him.>> To this day, I always turn on my headlights, even in the middle of the>> day, even when the sun is shining. How could the sun be setting behind him? Dean unleashed his Porsche 550 and left Hickman and the Ford station wagon far behind. For memorials with more than one photo, additional photos will appear here or on the photos tab. The truck driver was mostly unharmed, with just a few superficial cuts and bumps. This display is what disappeared supposedly after returning from a Miami show in 1960. It was later determined that Donald Turnupseed was at fault, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, but no one was held responsible for the collision. Four days after the crash, Rebel Without a Cause was released. According to Barris, during those years 1956 to 1960, a mysterious series of accidents, not all of them car crashes, occurred involving the car resulting in serious injuries to spectators and even a truck drivers death. He died while still filming Giant but its release confirmed his star status. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. Oddly, I happen to have a copy of Dean's death certificate as Iknow some of the men who signed it (not my Dad, though). The presentalignment has no stop sign, a straight thru lane to Bakersfield and uses a left turn lane to Fresno rather than theoriginal "Y" layout with a stop sign. Both Dean and Turnupseed were pronounced dead at the scene. Taped theshow! Turnupseed made a left turn in front of Dean's car as Dean was approaching an intersection. Seems that retrospectively, Deans death, like his life, can easily get lost in the legend. Try again. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. Weve updated the security on the site. Another 38 were killed from 2000 to 2010. It's just that, if I don't make ahabit of doing it *every* time, I probably wouldn't do it *any* time.Since I've lived most of my adult life in Seattle, it was kind of amoot point anyway. if you get in that car you will be found dead in it by this time next week.. Before the CHP officers arrived, Dean had been pulled from the Spyders mangled cockpit, his left foot having been crushed between the clutch and brake pedal. A woman with nursing experience attended to Dean and detected a weak pulse in his neck, but according to the woman, death appeared to have been instantaneous. Failed to remove flower. He was treated for a scrapednose and bruises at Tulare District Hospital. Turnupseeds sister also had a difficult time coping with the accident and committed suicide. Jack Elsom For Mailonline "They were tough competitors," saidAl Paggi, owner of Paggi Electric. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. While driving on the highway on Sept. 30, 1955, a man named ahem Donald Turnupseed randomly turned left in an intersection and caused Dean to crash his Porsche. Please contact Find a Grave at [emailprotected] if you need help resetting your password. As they approached the intersection, an unsuspecting student, Donald Turnupseed, drove back home in his Ford Tudor. It was Barris who created the Batmobile, the Beverly Hillbillies truck, the Munster Koach and Grandpa Munsters Drag-U-La casket car used in the 1960s TV series. After commissioning an artist for some body work, James had the artist paint "Little Bastard" on the vehicle. They were taken to a hospital by ambulance and Dean passed on the way and was declared . You are most definitely tripping on that. There are interior shots of the wreckage of Dean's car, and one snap reveals the 'Little B*****d' sticker on the bonnet and his racing number, '130'. They reported that both cars were traveling at high speeds and that Deans car had passed Turnupseeds moments before the collision. Something that never materialized in real life. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. I wonder if I am the only one laughing at that parenthetical comment. This is a carousel with slides. Donald Turnupseed, the Tulare man who quietly built a family businessand endeavored to maintain his privacy after being involved in the caraccident that killed actor James Dean four decades ago, has died at age63. The tragic crash came only nine days after Dean traded in a Porsche Super Speedster for the more . Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse. James Dean was the epitome of that 1949 quote penned by pioneering Chicago African American author Willard Motley. Please ensure you have given Find a Grave permission to access your location in your browser settings. Learn about how to make the most of a memorial. ). Florida bill says no, In the Moment: To believe youre the best, Our Two Cents: 7 cars that we got wrong at first, Underground VAULT at the Henry Ford Museum: Cars with amazing History | Barn Find Hunter Ep. . Donald Turnupseed, the Tulare man who quietly built a family business and endeavored to maintain his privacy after being involved in the car accident that killed actor James Dean four. Guinness and Moss followed Dean to the restaurant, but before they reached the door, Dean stopped and said, Id like to show you something. Years later, Guinness recalled There in the courtyard of this little restaurant was this little silver thing, very smart, all done up in cellophane with a bunch of roses tied to its bonnet. The young method actor told his new British star, Its just been delivered, said Dean I havent even been in it at all. Guinness thought the car looked sinister. A week before the fatal crash Dean met British actor Alec Guinness in Los Angeles. The accident scene is approximately 100 feet to the south of the current intersection, where the road used to be. Eschrich installed the Porsches engine into his Lotus IX race car, then loaned the transmission and suspension parts to fellow doctor and racer Troy McHenry. Copyright 1995-2021 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Did you enjoy this article? It was Barris who also stenciled the name Little Bastard on the back of the car. In it, Dean fiddles nervously with a rope lasso and ends the spot by saying, Take it easy driving the life you save may be mine. We will review the memorials and decide if they should be merged. I always drive the route when going to visit home (LA) and theintersection where the crash occurred is somewhere off to theright of the present intersection, so it is hard to say whathappened just by driving through there. OK, maybe I should've posted "Donald Turnupseed, involved in the JamesDean crash"I don't see why you have to get personal about it, Stacia. I drove that intersection many times as I made the trip> from Paso Robles to Fresno to see a girl friend.> > I saw the TV special and it appeared to use the present highway alignment> which has been redone several times in the last 50 years. which has been redone several times in the last 50 years. Sure, it'scircumstantial evidence, but it works pretty well to show how Dean wasinclined to be driving that night. Jayne Mansfield. In 2005, for the 50th anniversary of Deans death, the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois, announced they were displaying what was purported to be the passenger door of the Little Bastard. Its driver, 23-year-old Navy Veteran and Cal Poly student Donald Turnupseed, suddenly turned in front of the Porsche to take the left fork onto Route 41. Resend Activation Email. Allegedly, James Deans last words, uttered right after Wtherich warned Dean to slow down as the Ford Tudor rolled into their lane just before the impact were, That guys gotta stop Hell see us. But, to date, neither of Deans Porsches have been located. IMHO, From the looks of the crash photos, the (5 yr. old) Ford looks to be a total Major body/frame damage. As manager of this memorial you can add or update the memorial using the Edit button below. Baldwin |am quite prepared not only to retract it, but also\ /|to deny under oath that I ever made it. Cars and trucks speed by in both directions and anything short of a cautious drive by is not recommended. ____ in a ____ zone? The collection of 30 photographs have now emerged for sale $20,000 with RR Auctions of Boston. "Rob Petrie" wrote in message news:y8y%e.5861$> x-no-archive: yes>> "scottla" wrote in message > >>> I recall reading that the color of Dean's car was a factor. Donald Turnupseed was an American college student who on March 22 1955 while driving to college collided with and killed James Dean. Just after purchase, Dean was driving his new car around Hollywood on September 23, 1955 when he ran into British actor Alec Guinness outside the Villa Capri restaurant. As well as photos of the wreckage of the cars taken in the hours after the crash, the album also contains overhead views of the junction of Route 466 and Route 41 where the carnage unfolded, and images of skid marks on the ground. Dean's "significantly damaged" 1955 Porsche. I do think a look at the level of damage sustained by the cars doeslead away from the old story that Dean was doing 100 or more at thetime of the crash. The low slung little Porche skidded more than 100 feet from the . 131, A charged debate: Battery maintenance tech explained. And some strange thing came over me. How old was Donald Turnupseed when the accident occurred? 6, Gone Too Soon! We need all the help we can get out there on the roads and being *seen* is the most important of all. He was the driver of the 1950 Ford Tudor that collided with a 1956 Porsche Spyder driven by the famed actor James Dean on September 30, 1955. Ernest Tripke and his partner, Corp. Ronald Nelson were called to the scene. We were toured around the community by a couple of older gentlemen who graciously pointed out spots the young actor frequented including the family farm, Deans old high school, a few of the old stores Dean used to frequent, the cemetery and the funeral home where Dean was prepared for burial. Dean and Wtherich weren't as lucky as Turnupseed. The lawyer, Robert Coyle, kept hold of them after the case was dropped and they were inherited by his son who has now consigned them for sale for the first time. | The H.A.M.B. Are you sure that you want to delete this memorial? While it wasn't technically seen in any movies, actor James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder (affectionately known as Little Bastard) could be the most iconic, and cursed car Hollywood has ever seen. Police pulled over the convoy and issued a pair of speeding tickets just outside Bakersfield. As they left the restaurant, Guinness heard the sound of running, sneakered feet behind them. I drove that intersection and left turn many times as I made the trip from Paso Robles to Fresno to see a girl friend. Eschrich crashed the Lotus at the 1956 Pomona sports-car races, surviving, but McHenry wasnt as lucky. He did not stop and plowed into the passenger side of Turnipseed's> car. In March of 1959, while in storage in Fresno, the car mysteriously caught fire. Like many a Hoosier youth, I too had my James Dean phase. Enlisting stuntman Bill Hickman to help out, the original plan was to tow Little Bastard to the races, but Wtherich felt it would be better for Dean to get used to the Spyder and run the engine in. at the very same intersection where the accident occurred. Because it was twilight and the color of James's car blended in with the sky Donald couldn't see him. Exponent -- which is really very good at this sort of thing-- found that Dean was not speeding at the time of the crash, andprovided ample evidence to back its claim. With him in the car was his Porsche factory-trained mechanic, Rolf Wtherich. Despite being declared a total loss by the insurance company, the car was sold on and would continue to cause carnage wherever itor even parts of itwent. Extensive investigation of the accident never established guilt, saidC.R. ). These are the only three such snapshots of the wreck in existence. Turnupseed was a 23 year old college student at Cal Poly State University when driving eastbound on Route 466 (later renamed Route 46) when attempting to make a left turn onto Route 41, when he collided with Dean's Porsche traveling in the opposite direction, killing him instantly. Why this kind of inattentive driving isn't illegal everywhere is beyond me. There is a problem with your email/password. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request, There is an open photo request for this memorial. It can easily be missed unless you know its there. That's not DonaldTurnupseed," said Wally Nelson, president of Turnupseed Electric inTulare. etc, never came toany conclusion as to who was at fault, and the matter wasdropped. Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). A road sign rises from the median between the converging lanes ominously proclaiming it as James Dean Memorial Junction. Headlight use is mandatory along the 58-mile route, from Lost Hills off Interstate 5 to past Paso Robles to the west. "You could never get close to Don." The business owner was quiet even before the crash, Paggi said.
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