Posted 6 years ago
I came across these photographs in a box of stuff I acquired, and am rather intrigued by them.
Here is some info I received by email:
" Yes these are pictures of rare gas-powered hobby cars from the late 1930s through 1950s. Most were handmade, some were made by Cox. These things go 70 to 100mph!!
Some were run as "tether cars" or "spindizzies" with a wire to a center post, others ran on a track with a raised center rail, like in your pictures.
Look up The Dooling Brothers, who became famous racing these cars. Maybe that's one of the Doolings in your picture? I don't know, we'd need a real expert.
Aha, here it is:
That website should let you connect with one of experts on these cars. Also look up something like "Thimble Drome" on google or ebay and see more."
Here is the closing chapter to this amazing story. I just received this email:
"The photos you have sent me are of Roy Richter. On December 7, 1941 Richter won the 1st National Rail track Championship (67.08 mph) in Los Angeles with cabin car #102 pictured with the trophy. He was a very successful racer in the early 1940's as evidenced by the other photos with winning cars. Richter is better known as the creator of BELL HELMETS (Bell Equipment Co) and CRAGAR WHEELS (Cragar Equipment Co)!!"
What a great ending.