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William T Gholson

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December 12, 2014

William T Gholson is a car enthusiast who lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. He has been in the auto parts distribution business for many years. He is the proud owner of a vintage 1966 MGB, which he is rebuilding and restoring, and says that he would like to race it someday.

Right now, he is looking forward to May 24, 2015, the date of the next Indianapolis 500. “This will be my fifth one,” says William T Gholson. “I love it; it never gets old.”

William T Gholson worked for many years as a tour guide at the Alamo in San Antonio, and when he gets to talking about the Indianapolis 500 his skills in describing both large and small details, including historical facts and factoids, comes to the fore. “In some ways, that would be a dream job for me,” he says with a laugh. “Being a tour guide at the Indy 500. But I don’t think there is such a thing.”

Nevertheless, William T Gholson loves to go on about the Indianapolis 500. “One of the things people always wonder is, ‘Why is it five hundred miles?’ And the answer is pretty interesting. The first organizers wanted a race that would last for a big chunk of one day. They figured about seven hours was good, and they calculated that you could drive about five hundred miles in that time, if you really kept up your speed. And that’s how they came up with five hundred.”

The very first winner of the very first Indy 500, he says, was a driver named Ray Harroun. “And Mr. Harroun completed those five hundred miles in six hours, forty-two minutes and eight seconds. You can look it up.”

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