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Old 03-11-2009, 08:15 PM   #41
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Default Re: Vintage "Cageless" Midget Picture Thread

Gib Lilly in the very popular Donald O'Connor Special. This is an early Kurtis with 1/4 eliptic rear springs.
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:23 PM   #42
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Chet Wilson's #5 in 1938. Chet and my dad were school pals in Lincoln Nebraska. Chet built this car in his mom's garage, and helped my dad build his first midget in '38. Chet went on to be a well respected builder in the mid west. He built many sprint cars and midgets up into the 1980's. Check out his "custom" in the back ground.
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:44 PM   #43
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Great thread! The midget is a 1947 Kurtis V8-60 restored many years ago by Eli Vukovich. I wish it would fit thru my front door so I could park it in my living room! The little cars are vintage quarter midgets....1958 Kurtis 500, 1963 Lenny Gonsel (pretty rare), 1958 Racecraft, 1956 Stevenscraft, 1957 Racecraft (owned and raced by "Johnny" one of the original Mickey Mouse Club members), 1957 Wahlborg and a really cool late 50's mystery car that looks to be mostly a Vikingcraft. Kenny.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:30 AM   #44
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Great thread! The midget is a 1947 Kurtis V8-60 restored many years ago by Eli Vukovich. I wish it would fit thru my front door so I could park it in my living room! The little cars are vintage quarter midgets....1958 Kurtis 500, 1963 Lenny Gonsel (pretty rare), 1958 Racecraft, 1956 Stevenscraft, 1957 Racecraft (owned and raced by "Johnny" one of the original Mickey Mouse Club members), 1957 Wahlborg and a really cool late 50's mystery car that looks to be mostly a Vikingcraft. Kenny.

Do you know any history on the KK midget before Eli restored it?
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:58 PM   #45
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Its a shame that this thread is not growing like the pre-69 Big Car one has. There must be a million old pics of the small cars from the glory days.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:47 PM   #46
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Hi Dean,
The book " Kurtis, the geneology of speed" only lists the chassis number (161) as far back as Eli Vukovich. Eli sold the car to Jim Lynch and he repainted it, Eli asked him to keep the number #14 on the car and Jim raced it and displayed it at some vintage events (see last picture below at Madera, Ca.) and while Jim owned the car he researched and listed the drivers in order as... Bob Machin (Stan Brooks owner), Earl Motter, Bob Veith, Johnnie Baldwin and Dickie Reese. Jim Lynch sold the car to Joe Noble in Clovis, Ca. where it sat for several years. Joe Noble passed away and I bought the car a couple years later from Joe's son Chad Noble. Again, I can only verify this back as far as Eli for certain, but I would love to hear from anybody that may know anything for sure. I must say, it is an honor to talk to you Dean, I am fully aware of your hot rod and racing history! Kenny.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:29 AM   #47
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Kenny, you are too kind. I was just lucky to have a father who loved racing, and had a wonderful circle of friends in many types of racing.

You are lucky you know as much history on your Kurtis as you do. Much of the history of these wonderful race cars is known, but much more has been lost through the years. Great collection of 1/4 midgets too. I have a little history with those myself.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:57 AM   #48
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I have a V8 60 midget with something wrong in the motor ... any ideas on a shop in Fredericksburg, VA or Washington area that can rebuild it?
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:25 PM   #49
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You will like this site from the Tulsa legend Danley Clow and his son.
http://www.danleyclow.com/
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Chet Wilson's #5 in 1938. Chet and my dad were school pals in Lincoln Nebraska. Chet built this car in his mom's garage, and helped my dad build his first midget in '38. Chet went on to be a well respected builder in the mid west. He built many sprint cars and midgets up into the 1980's. Check out his "custom" in the back ground.
The Man Behind The Legend By Donna Wilson.
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On this link you can go to http://www.chet-wilson.com/ and watch a slide show. Just click on the Offy Killer at the top of the site.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:07 PM   #51
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have several midget projects, finding the cars and hearing the stories are the Best!
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:48 PM   #52
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Gimme a day or two. Got some photos from Wayne Doebling this week, and there's some cageless midgets in there, I believe.
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:15 PM   #53
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No notes on the back of this one from Wayne Doebling, but it sure looks like Chuck Rodee to me...

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Old 08-26-2009, 01:22 PM   #54
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This one says it was taken at Columbus, Ohio on September 3, 1968...

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Old 08-26-2009, 01:24 PM   #55
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Wayne IDs this one as John Deering at New Bremen on Sept. 22, 1968...

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Old 08-26-2009, 01:26 PM   #56
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No notes on the back of this one. Looks like a fairgrounds. Surely somebody can ID it...

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Old 08-26-2009, 01:39 PM   #57
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No notes on the back of this one from Wayne Doebling, but it sure looks like Chuck Rodee to me...

Has a Merle Bettenhausen look to it...
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Another from Wayne. No date stamp.

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The 61 is probably Mel Kenyon, of course. The date stamp from Wayne Doubling says May 29, 1970 and it looks like IRP, so it's probably the Night Before the 500...

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Another from that Night Before the 500 1970 bunch...

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