February 29, 1932—November 8, 1985

Kansas City native Masten Gregory was born in 1932. Hardly the typically image of a race car driver based on his small stature, serious face and thick rimmed glasses, the “Kansas City Flash,” as he was affectionately called, won an unthinkable amount of races on his way to accomplishing in 1965 what only two other Americans had done, winning the 24 hours of Le Mans. Gregory was a true motorsports pioneer: he was the first American born driver to compete on a regular basis in the European-dominated Formula One. He was also a pioneer in that he was one of the race drivers to wear eyeglasses during that time, a practice still very uncommon even today.