Today, a touching story of how a daughter stayed connected to her late racing legend, Swedish Savage father. replica Omega Speedmaster
American race car driver Swede Savage was on the cusp of stardom in the sport in 1973 when he died of complications at the age of 26 while recovering from a crash at the Indianapolis 500 that year.
The 26-year-old driver left behind an eight-year-old daughter, Shelly, and his wife, Shelly, who was five months pregnant with another girl, Angela.
Of course, because of this tragedy, Angela never got a chance to see her father again. But her path to peace with her past includes support from the racing community. She also discovers a physical amulet, using her father’s Omega Speedmaster as a talisman to navigate her family’s history (and embrace its future).
David Earl Savage Jr. was nicknamed “The Swede” because of his bright blonde hair and athletic build (he was also a star football player in high school). The California native had a strong desire to race, starting with soapbox derbys, karting, and graduating to motorcycles. He also wondered what made the car tick, and joined Holman Moody’s Racing — then Ford’s official racing contractor — as a mechanic.
By the age of 21, the Swedes found themselves behind the wheel of an average car. His bravado also caught the attention of the media. For example, in 1967, Competition Press & Autoweek profiled the rising star, writing: “He knew he needed to learn the tricks of the racing world, but couldn’t hide his ambitions.” Maybe I’d go to Indianapo The Leith 500 and I want to be in Formula 1 too,” he said.
By 1968, the Swede was dividing his time between NASCAR and running USRRC and Can-Am with Dan Gurney’s All-American racer. By 1973, all his dreams seemed to have come true. Omega replica
But after several Indycar races and non-championship Formula 1 races, the Swede lost control of his STP-sponsored Eagle-Offenhauser car on a greasy track in his second Indy 500. It eventually hit the wall. The Swede was engulfed in the blaze for nearly a minute but was rescued quickly and was initially expected to survive, even joking with hospital medics. Sadly, Swede Savage died of complications 4 1⁄2 weeks later.
Unfortunately, Angela Savage only grew up with legends, not dads. However, now an adult, she has finally embraced her desire to be connected to her father’s legacy. The result was a book with Ted Woerner called Savage Angel: Death and Rebirth at the Indianapolis 500.
Angela, who was born three months after the Swede died, has struggled with loneliness all her life. “I was born with a broken heart,” Angela told Watchonista. “You feel like a forgotten person.”
In 2014, a racing fan reached out to Angela via social media, asking her about Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). “I was asked: ‘Are you going to go back to the 500?’ My first reaction was no. [That game] kind of ruined my life.”
But after thinking about it, Angela decided it was time to kill the dragon, telling me: “The IMS president gave us tickets. The welcome was overwhelming. It was a profound experience.”
“When I came back from the track, the layers and layers of [family trauma] were gone,” she added. “I’m comfortable being the daughter of a Swedish savage.”
The experience gave Angela a deeper understanding of the Swedish heritage. “After my dad died, all his stuff went into one suitcase,” she said. But eventually, she wanted to look through her father’s possessions and stumbled across his late 1960s Omega Speedmaster chronograph. Unlucky, she decided to take the much-loved watch out of the trunk and put it on her wrist. watches replica high quality
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“I’m a huge Omega fan,” says Angela, nodding her approval when she finds one in someone else. Not only is her Speedmaster her father’s treasure, but in our interview, she turned the Speedy over to reveal that it’s also a family heirloom. The caseback given to the Swede by his father, David Savage Sr., was engraved with: “The Swedes are from Daddy,” Angela told me, “knowing it was the same [clock] that the astronauts wore—he knew It’s a special watch.”
The connection of the first Speedmaster models to racing cars was established long before Savage made the pre-lunar models in the late 1960s. Introduced in 1957, the Speedy was one of the most classic iterations of this configuration with a black dial and tachymeter bezel. In 1962 Omega introduced the straight bar hands and in 1963 the 42mm asymmetric case designed to protect the chronograph pushers and crown. The “Pro” mark (pictured) first appeared on the dial in 1966, when the Speedy was approved by NASA for official use.
Angela graciously allowed us to check out her pre-moon Speedmaster. Interestingly, after 1969, the hippocampus on the back was replaced with “the first watch to be worn on the moon” and “qualified to fly on all NASA manned space missions”. Also, it was very exciting to see Savage Sr.’s short sweet note engraved on the back.