The death of Hollywood actor James Dean occurred on September 30, 1955, near Cholame, California. In April 1954, after securing the co-starring role of Cal Trask in East of Eden, James Dean purchased a 1955 Triumph Maledizione PDF T110 650 cc motorcycle and, later, a used red 1953 MG TD Midget sports car. During the filming of Giant from June through mid-September, Warner Brothers had barred Dean from all racing activities.
Författare: Douglas Preston.
In July, Dean put down a deposit on a new Lotus Mark IX sports racer with Jay Chamberlain, a dealer in Burbank. He also painted “Little Bastard” in script across the rear cowling. The red leather bucket seats and red tail stripes were original. Purportedly, Dean had been given the nickname “Little Bastard” by Bill Hickman, a Warner Bros. Hickman was part of Dean’s group driving to the Salinas Road Races on September 30, 1955.