One of the fastest guys of his era:
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Dave "King Kong"
Messersmith '74-'77 from SAE (pushing "Intrepid" in white, 1974 prelims.)
There were a couple of people from other teams who could beat him on hill #1. He was a rare combination of brute strength and incredible top speed. No pusher on SAE's push team could beat him on any
hill in push practice, with one exception. He was beat ONCE in practice on Hill#3, and only when it was the bike, not a buggy, and when HE did the push off to the pusher pushing hill#3. His combination of speed and upper body strength, acting on the lightweight bike, resulted in a push-off on the bike going into Hill#3 practice that was so fast, the pusher basically sprinted as fast as he could chasing the bike, touching it no more than three times between the Scaife Hall driveway and the exchange zone.
Without "Kong's" push-off setting up the competing pusher, nobody on the team could have beaten him; an amazing athlete, and pretty damned good scholar (Chem E.)