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The Mighty Mite Was One Heck Of A Midget Driver

The Mighty Mite Was One Heck Of A Midget Driver

cd_c1960.jpgKnown as “Iron Mike,” “Dyna-Mike” and “Mighty-Mite,” diminutive Mike McGreevy — standing 5 feet, 1 inch — excelled in midgets, but also fared well…

Balboa Stadium Was A True Auto Racing Castle

Balboa Stadium Was A True Auto Racing Castle

KICKING UP DIRT: Midgets round the north turn at San Diego’s Balboa Stadium. (Radbruch Collection Courtesy Bob Lawrence Photo) Located barely a mile from…

Wearne Was One Of Indy’s Most Consistent Finishers

Wearne Was One Of Indy’s Most Consistent Finishers

INDY MASTER: Former big-car and championship car driver Frank Wearne in the Burkitt Chrome Special. (Radbruch Collection From Bob Lawrence Photo) From his beginnings…

West Coast Cain Had A Versatile Racing Repertoire

West Coast Cain Had A Versatile Racing Repertoire

OUT FRONT: Scott Cain (10) leads the pack at Gardena (Calif.) Stadium in 1955. (Tom Luce Collection Photo) Scotty Cain was a tough, hard-nosed…

Several Racing Legends Started At Banning Legion Speedway

Several Racing Legends Started At Banning Legion Speedway

IN THE PASS: Competitors push their cars to the grid at California’s Banning Legion Speedway during the 1920s. (Radbruch Collection Courtesy Bob Lawrence Photo)…

Californian Bill Cantrell Was A Versatile Winning Racer

Californian Bill Cantrell Was A Versatile Winning Racer

BIG-TIME WINNER: Bill Cantrell prepares to hit the race track at Orange Show Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. (Radbruch Collection Courtesy Bob Lawrence Photo)…

The Rose Bowl Is Known For More Than Just Football

The Rose Bowl Is Known For More Than Just Football

CONTACT: Two cars get a little too close for comfort during roadster racing at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., in 1947. (Radbruch Collection…

California’s Ash Kan Derby Was Home To Many Racing Stars

California’s Ash Kan Derby Was Home To Many Racing Stars

One of the first race tracks to open in Southern California after World War II was located near San Bernardino — a sandy, rough…

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