In 1960 I think there was just a cable run along the turn four standing area. Maybe it was a pipe, I was only five. That is where I watched from and I doubt I remember prior to that although I have been going since 55. After that they had a woven wire fence before the catch fence that was extended after the wheel and axle stuck the fan on the concret bleachers. But what Brent said about the post saying it was back by the school, that would have been a stretch. I aways heard it was about where the first road is, that the tire cleared the crowd up close and and stuck the girl back where the parking started. I also think Brent is right about the piston being from a tractor.
My Dad ,Grandfather, and Uncles were Port Royal Regulars from the late 40's to about 1972. As a Matter a fact My Uncle Ray Beasom owned quite a few buissness's in Thompsontown. They all even camped In Mexico at the Campground along the river.
The Piston was from a race car not a tractor. I am sure he knows the diff. between a tractor and a race car. Like I said probably before your time. Now about the tire and wheel. He did say it went over the bleachers down from where he,his dad and Uncle were sitting,(could point out their seats in the second photo Top Corner near the covered Grandstand) the wheel and tire bounced a little ways almost to the exhabition building before hitting the woman. I am not got to argue about it though. Brent's just a Mr. Knowitall