Category archives for: A Lesson in History

Fredenberg 50 Memorial Returns Sunday

Alvin (Al) Fredenberg

The Fredenberg 50 Memorial midget race sanctioned by the Badger Midget Area Racing Ass’n will be held for the first time since 2000 this coming Sunday at Angell Park Speedway.

Speedway Motors Celebrating 60 Years

“Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith (center) work the Speedway Motors parts counter during the mid-1960s.

If performance is measured from zero to 60, Speedway Motors is just hitting its stride

A Lesson In History: Vegas Indy Car Racing

Silver State Century race winner Jimmy Bryan. (Bill Hill collection)

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of the United States when the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500 raced in Las Vegas for the first time

Tazio Nuvolari’s Signature Victory

Tazio Nuvolari following his shocking victory at the Nurburgring in 1935.

Some insisted that Tazio Nuvolari had made a pact with the devil. His of another realm performances behind the wheel of a speeding race car certainly bolstered that suspicion

Revson’s Thrilling Indianapolis Pole Run

Peter Revson won the pole for the 1971 Indianapolis 500.

Forty years ago, not unlike today, Roger, “The Captain”, Penske, appeared to have the field covered for the 1971 Indianapolis 500

Early Days Racer Art Sparks

Art Sparks with Jimmy Snyder at Indianapolis in 1939. (IMS photo)

At 19 Art Sparks thought he had the world by the horns. He had 10 grand in his pocket, a 17-year-old bride, and was on a ship bound to the orient

Doubleheaders Were Once A Way Of Life

Richard Petty (43) edges Benny Parsons (72) to win the April 1971 NASCAR Grand National race at South Carolina’s Columbia Speedway. (Chris Economaki photo)

During the early days of NASCAR racing, doubleheader weekends were quite common

Foyt Remained An Offy Loyalist Despite Chevy’s Horsepower

ONES: Parnelli Jones in his Chevy sprint car holds the high groove against A.J. Foyt’s Offy at Indiana’s Salem Speedway. (Bob Gates Collection Photo)

Reams have been written about A.J. Foyt’s phenomenal racing success. His expertise, talent and accomplishments have been extolled by many, known by legions.

Stuntman, Racer Louis Tomei Became Indy Specialist

AT INDY: Louis Tomei in the cockpit at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1946. (Radbruch Collection Courtesy Bob Lawrence Photo)

Another of the characters who made Indianapolis racing what it was in the first half of the last century, Louis Tomei led a colorful life both on and off the track.

1939 European Championship Was Title Nobody Won

HARD RACERS: Rudolf Caracciola (left) and Hermann Lang during the 1937 European racing season. (Mercedes Photo)

In the 1930s, The International Ass’n of Recognized Automobile Clubs sanctioned a European Drivers Championship for Grand Prix cars consisting of the established national Grand Prix races, called Grandes Epreuves, literally “great tests.”

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