The Finish Line
JIM MARSH DIES APRIL 29
by Chris Martin
Photo by Bob Snayko
Jim Marsh was one of the very last (maybe Phil Tadlock
in 1967 or Adams-Enriquez in subsequent years) injected
nitro-burning fuel dragster drivers that stole headlines
from the blown and injected Chrysler crowd. On March 14-15,
1964 at the West Coast Championships at Fremont Raceway
in Northern California, Marsh pushed the Logghe-Marsh-Steffey/"Slot
Racer" injected 389-cid Chevy C/Fuel Dragster to the sport's
first seven-second run by an unblown dragster. In defeating
teams like Masters-Richter, Zeuschel-Fuller-Moody, Greer-Black-Prudhomme,
and in the final, Ted Gotelli and Denny Milani, Marsh
ran an unheard of 7.92 with a best speed of 187.92-mph.
That same year, Marsh switched the "Slot Racer" over to
a unique streamlined body with an injected motor and later
a blown Chevy motor with mixed results.
Reportedly on April 29th of this year, Marsh died from
lupus. It was his 66th birthday.