Pontiac drag racing legend Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick was critically injured in a race car fire on Sunday, August 3rd at Mid-America Raceway in Wentzville, Missouri.
Beswick, 73, of Morrison, Illinois had just completed a run in his 1964 Pro Mod "Tameless Tiger" GTO when it caught fire. The exact cause of the fire has not been determined, though several witnesses speculated that it may have been some sort of nitrous oxide mishap.
After being extracted from the burning wreckage, Beswick was airlifted to St John's Mercy Medical Center Burn Unit, where he is listed in critical condition with third degree burns to both of his hands. He is also severely burned on his ankles, nose and mouth. A chest X-Ray taken August 4th revealed "minimal to no" damage to his lungs.
Well-wishers can E-mail Arnie by logging on towww.stjohnsmercy.org/email/default.asp or mail cards, letters and even mylar balloons to him at the hospital, but as this is a burn unit, no flowers are allowed. Please send to:
St John's Mercy Medical Center
615 South New Ballas Road
St Louis, MO 63141
or to his home at:
10643 Court Rd.
Morrison, IL 61270
Additionally, it has been announced this morning (8/7) by Pete Woodruff of Super Duty Promotions that GM Motorsports will sponsor a raffle at this weekend's Ames Performance Pontiac Nationals to help with Arnie's medical expenses. GM Motorsports Manager Fred Simmonds has donated a racing helmet autographed by Pontiac's top race drivers. Participants will also be able to purchase tickets for the raffle and send get well wishes to Arnie right from the event. The winning ticket for the helmet will be drawn on Sunday.
We will update information on Arnie's condition as it becomes available. The staff of HPP wishes Arnie a speedy recovery.