During the Great Depression, automobile racers used to hold meets on a dirt track in Hoboken, N.J., that originally had been built for horses. A young boy named Chris Economaki, born in Brooklyn to a Greek immigrant father and the great-niece of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, lived nearby, and when he heard the roar of the engines, he couldn't resist their siren song. Economaki didn't have any money to buy a ticket, so he climbed over the fence to watch the races. What he saw gave him such a thrill that he spent the rest of his life telling other people about it.
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