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Old 01-09-2008, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default tether car racing in the 1940s



I didn't realize there's such a fan base for tether car racing until I was contacted randomly by a woman looking for one of two tether cars her father-in-law built in the late 1940s. She mentioned having some pictures from that time, so I thought I'd try to help her out and share some of the pics at the same time:

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...-in-the-1940s/

I need to follow up on the comments that some guys have left already, but if anybody else knows anything about that particular tether racer, let me know.

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Old 01-09-2008, 03:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

Looks like a Dooling Frog, made by the Dooling brothers in the 40's. Reproductions of that model are available and good originals are not that hard to find but can be pricey. Of course if she is looking for the exact one that her father built that will be a lot tougher.

I know most people here don't like ebay but there are several guys that deal in tether cars on there you might check with some of them.

And try this guy. He can probably tell you who the dealer was at Hershey www.tethercar.com
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

I live in Anderson, Indiana and we still have track here. I don't race but I have stopped and seen them run during one of the meets they have there. I have heard it is a pretty well known track because there are entrants from all over the world. They are amazing to watch. If you have never seen them you probably won't belive me but they are so fast you CANNOT see them. I saw one run 201 MPH. The pictures I saw on one of the websites where they were racing in what looked like a parking lot looks pretty dangerous. They are so fast you would never know what hit you if it came loose. I'll try to take some pics this summer if I can catch when they run.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:13 PM   #4
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

and i thought the planes were kinda cool i saw tihs summer with bob and johnny..

those are real cool
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:48 PM   #5
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Those are cool,we have a friend around here who restores those things,and I guess they are racing them again somewhere in newyork,theres a track.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:44 PM   #6
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

There's a track in the Whittier Narrows park area, near where we had a HAMB BBQ a couple years ago.
I've seen them run there, or seen the blur of them running at 200 ± mph.
They're having a "fun run" and swap meet there this Saturday 1/12/08 according to the site below.

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http://www.amrca.com/

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http://www.tethercar.com/
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:42 PM   #7
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

I remmber seeing them in the 40s, there was a amusment park in Bethlehem PA. called Central Park that had a track. I would like to see them again, I though they were cool when I was a kid.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:17 PM   #8
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Hmmm... well, here ya go:

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Old 01-09-2008, 08:35 PM   #9
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I know it's off topic but, I'm always amazed at how thin people used to be.
Not a fat person in those pics. We "were" a healthy nation.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:50 PM   #10
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RUuQgvVOzk
once the car gets going - turn the speakers up
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:03 PM   #11
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I had a McCoy ("The Real McCoy") tether sprint car from that era. My wife had bought an old oak chest of drawers from a lady and she threw the car in on the deal.....I sold it on Epay for almost $1000.00 biggies to a feller in the Pacific Northwest.....before my time, but some people apparently really get into it.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:14 PM   #12
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

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I know it's off topic but, I'm always amazed at how thin people used to be.
Not a fat person in those pics. We "were" a healthy nation.
No,it was combination of the effects of the great depression ( malnutrition) and cigarettes,amazing how thin you stay when you smoke and in those days a non smoker was about as common as a ham sandwich in a synagogue.

And this is Brisbane Australia..up beside the motorway at Caboolture just past the bribie island turnoff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bWS0...eature=related

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Old 01-09-2008, 10:30 PM   #13
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Mechanics Illustrated, Sept' 1955........





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Old 01-09-2008, 10:31 PM   #14
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

Here's one that belonged to a friend of mine. Unfortunately, when he died his wife gave it away. Made by Ohlsson and Rice, Los Angeles. The thing weighed about 3 pounds.



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Old 01-09-2008, 10:33 PM   #15
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

They ran them on board tracks too! This shot was in the National Speed Sport News June 1944 Racing Album #2 sent out to GI's durring WWII.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:38 PM   #16
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

Check this out!
http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vi...yfp-t-501emot0
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:50 PM   #17
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Default Re: tether car racing in the 1940s

There's a vintage Dooling tether car on that auction site right now with a Buy It Now price of $9,950
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They ran them on board tracks too! This shot was in the National Speed Sport News June 1944 Racing Album #2 sent out to GI's durring WWII.
Resent for the sake of clarity. Great picture, 37Kid.
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Old 01-10-2008, 01:02 AM   #20
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Great movie short!
Yeah, I saw that on another board and loved it.
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