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May 20, 2009
BIG BOYS IN THE ATTIC
Here’s another chapter in our “Racin’ in the Attic” series, this one
focused on some of the real big boys of open wheel racing back in
the day. The images come to us from one of our all time favorite
customers, Bradley Poulsen, out in Greenleaf, Wisconsin. He’s been
around the tracks since the fifties when his Dad ran a series of
hard tops – and he knows his stuff.
Bradley sent in a whole slew of pictures taken by Mike Ringo that
became part of the Bob Bergeron collection.
© 2009 Lew
Boyd, Coastal 181
Outboard midget dudes, certainly
on the hammer, pitch it into a turn at Dorney Park in Pennsylvania,
but the infield stooge remains unimpressed.
Jud Larson, the definition of
bravery, exercises the Watson Offy at Allentown, PA.
Mark Light in the #9 Burd Special
at Williams Grove, PA, in 1940.
It’s Roger McCluskey parading in
the famous Konstant Hot #2 at Allentown, PA, on September 21, 1963.
What does he see that we don’t?
Duke Nalon, the star at the
Brickyard and one of the “Chicago Gang” along with Tony Bettenhausen,
and the Weirick Offy Sprinter at Williams Grove, PA.
The ill-fated Red Riegel crosses
up the Wergland Chevy at Allentown. Do you think he liked Nixon?
Blues in the autumn. Buster Warke
is bummin’ at Hatfield, PA, on October, 25, 1953.
Joe Barzda is a human radius rod,
being pushed back to the pits after bouncing off the fence at
Sprinters at the Grove. They’re
still at it today.
The highly respected Don Branson
wheels the Wynn’s Sprinter into the pits at Allentown on August 7.
Eddie Sachs, racing’s Clown
Prince, and the more serious George Bignotti at Allentown in
That’s Mrs. Van Johnson plantin’
one on Tommy Hinnershitz.
The Dutchman was
The legendary New
Englander, Joe Sostilio, contemplates the universe aside the
Leitenberger Offy midget at Hatfield.
Now this is racy
stuff. Gig Stephens leads a midget feature on the banked mile at
Trenton, NJ, in June 1962.
aboard the Bardahl Midget at Bonelli Ranch Stadium in Santa Charita,
CA, later know as Saugus Speedway.
Bill Troutwine at
Pottstown, PA, in 1940. Check out that AAA club car.
Johnny Swire hustles
his outboard-powered midget around Dorney Park in Pennsylvania.
Nice, sturdy fences!
Charlie Miller in his
V-8-60 at Lebanon, PA, in 1939. Talk about fences!
Doc Keim is towed to
a start at Reading, PA in the Ambler Special.
THANK YOU, Brad!!!!
Bradley came down to
a USMTS show at Kasson Speedway for a signing of Kenny Wallace’s
Coastal 181 book,
Inside Herman’s World. We had a blast.
Stop by our Book Store Directory for a look at our book and DVD
Previous Tearoffs :.
5/20/09 - Big Boys in The
Attic - rare photos of legends
5/6/09 - Back Up In The
Attic - more rare photos
4/22/09 - The Son of Hard
Luck - accessible racing
experience for the handicapped
4/3/09 - Racin' In The
Attic - Gordon Ross photo collection
3/18/09 - About That Mike Spaulding
Dick Berggren's First Win - (you had to be there!)
2/11/09 - Peter at the
Park - Peter Fiandaca at Riverside Park
1/30/09 - Steve - Steve Arpin
1/4/09 - Racer Speak -cool
12/16/08 - Wimble Power,
Will Power - Bill Wimble
11/24/08 - Remembering
Chuck Amati - by Joyce Standridge
11/11/08 - That Rick
10/24/08 - Beyond Bionic - Bentley Warren
10/6/08 - Fifty Second
Classic - Skip and Lois Matczak
9/20/08 - Joey's Dad - Tom Logano
9/1/08 - One Night at The Park - the death of Les Ley
Transitional Technology - early supermodifieds
8/6/08 - Wallace on Wednesdays - dirt trackin’ Kenny
7/19/08 - Star(ter) of the Show - importance of good flaggers
McUnderdog - Eddie MacDonald
The Night Buzz Was Worried - Buzz Rose
6/5/08 - John Richards - Boomer Role Model
The Spirit of a Racer - the late Al Powell
5/1/08 - Bobby's Blues - Bobby Santos III
4/15/08 - Thinking About Rene Charland
- Carl and Corey - Carl Edwards and Corey Dripps
3/4/08 - A Cool Track with Cool Racers - West Liberty, Iowa
2/14/08 - Doug Wolfgang
1/7/08 - When Drivers Can't See - cockpit vision
12/21/07 - When Starters Couldn't See - flagstand vision
Ride Along with Erica Santos - in-car camera midget win
11/15/07 - Tough Drivers
That First Race
10/1/07 - Racing Nicknames
Too Many Officials
9/1/07 - The Look of a Real Driver
8/15/07 - Being Dale Junior
8/1/07 - Armond Holley
7/15/07 - Red Farmer
© 2009 Lew
Boyd, Coastal 181