Samuel Carnes "Sam" Collier

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Samuel Carnes "Sam" Collier

Death: Died in New York, New York, USA
Cause of death: Killed while leading the Watkins Glen Grand Prix, held on public roads
Immediate Family:

Son of Barron Gift Collier and Juliet Gordon Collier
Husband of Dixie Collier
Father of Terry Collier and Richard Collier
Brother of Cowles "Miles" Collier and Baron Collier, Jr.

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About Samuel Carnes "Sam" Collier

Samuel "Sam" Carnes Collier (May 14, 1912-September 23, 1950) was an American advertising entrepreneur. He made his fortune in streetcar advertising.

Early life

Collier was the son of Barron Gift Collier and Juliet Gordon Carnes, the founders of Collier County, Florida. He had two brothers. He married Dixie Thompson from Honolulu in 1936. Together they had two children, Terry and Richard.

As a teenager Collier completed three seasons as a designer, proprietor, and manager of the Overlook Theatre, in Pocantico Hills, New York.

Collier attended Yale where he was a member of Skull and Bones. He graduated in 1935. Collier served in World War II, as a Navy pilot.

"He was one of the founders of the Automobile Racing Club of America, competed in the 1939 Alpine Trial, and was the founder of the concern of Motor Sport, Inc., sole American importers of M.G. cars."

In 1949 Collier finished third overall, and first in Class E, in the Seneca Cup Race, at Watkins Glen, New York, driving a supercharged MG.

Collier drove in the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans: "Of the two Cadillacs entered by Briggs Cunningham, the strictly stock saloon, driven by the brothers Miles and Sam Collier, which had been nicknamed 'Clumsy Pup', had come in tenth at an average of 81.398 m.p.h."


Samuel was killed while leading the (September 23) 1950 Watkins Glen Grand Prix, held on public roads in and around the village of Watkins Glen, New York, when the Ferrari 166 that he was driving left the road. He died at 6:30 pm in Montour Falls. The accident received front-page coverage in the New York press. A memorial stone was placed at the spot where Sam Collier left the road. His brother, Miles, gave up racing soon thereafter and died of polio within a few years. Samuel was honored in 1995 in front of the Court House at that year's Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival.


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Samuel Carnes "Sam" Collier's Timeline

May 14, 1912
September 23, 1950
Age 38
New York, New York, USA