Posted 6 years ago
Its not a reproduction. I bought it ad an auction Saturday. This poster is at least dated before 1942 since this driver was killed then. I am trying to get some worth to it before I try to sell. It is at least 28”W x 41”H. I cant find any information at all as to the worth. Does anyone have an idea?
Earl "Lucky" Teter was a race driver of both autos and motorcycles. He earned a wide reputation as a stunt driver with a group called 'Lucky' Teter's Hell Drivers. As former gas station attendant and weekend test driver, Lucky decided to try his hand at the thrill driving trade during the early 1930s. In 1934, Lucky assembled a small group of individuals and put his 'Hell Drivers' on the road. It was the first time the auto thrill show was conceived as a traveling attraction.
The show consisted of many of the same stunts already established by the Ward Beam thrill show, however the 'Hell Drivers' developed new events. Lucky added the precision driving of new automobiles over elevated ramps, reverse spins, and added stuntmen to the show acting as 'daredevil clowns'. By the late 1930's, Lucky had started performing a ramp to ramp jump over a large truck or transcontinental bus. It was this feat that took Lucky's life in 1942, in what was said to be his last performance before he was to join the Army during World War II.
Lucky Teter also raced in the 1939 Indy 500. His family was from Noblesville Indiana along the White River. Lucky died in 1942. His parents passed in the 1960s and his sister, Ruth died in 1981. As there were no heirs to the family farm, Ruth bequeathed the property to the Methodist Church, which dedicated the 120 acre farm to her parents and it became known as the Teter Family Retreat.