Category archives for: A Lesson in History

Great Bend, Kan., Still Playing Role In Drag Racing

Great Bend, Kan., Still Playing Role In Drag Racing

TRACK PREP: Volunteer members of the Sunflower Rod & Custom Ass’n prepare the drag strip at Great Bend, Kan. (SRCA Photo) Not many operating…

Joe Silnes Was One True Race Car Artisan

Joe Silnes Was One True Race Car Artisan

FAMOUS CAR: Basement Bessie was one of Joe Silne’s most popular creations. (Bob Gates Collection Photo) At a time when hand forming metal was…

Bobby Brown Has Enjoyed Long Road-Racing Journey

Bobby Brown Has Enjoyed Long Road-Racing Journey

Bobby Brown’s racing career has spanned the half century from 1960 to 2010. He has raced Corvettes and Cobras in the heyday of SCCA…

Indy 500 Racers Made Their Mark In USAC Stock Cars

Indy 500 Racers Made Their Mark In USAC Stock Cars

FENDERS: Roger McCluskey (1) and Don White (3) battle during 1970 USAC stock-car action at The Milwaukee Mile. (Russ Lake Photo)With Indianapolis 500 drivers…

Silvergate Speedway Produced Future Superstar Drivers

Silvergate Speedway Produced Future Superstar Drivers

AT THE GATE: Bayliss Levrett battles Howdy Cox at California’s Silvergate Speedway in 1935. (Radbruch Collection Courtesy Bob Lawrence Photo) In 1933, a group…

Master Innovator Buttera Made A Stock Block Go At Indy

Master Innovator Buttera Made A Stock Block Go At Indy

500 CAR: Dennis Firestone drove the BCV Racing entry in the 1982 Indianapolis 500. (Gene Ingram Photo)The history of the Indianapolis 500 is filled…

Riverside Trans-Am Victory Ranks As One Of Jones’s Best

Riverside Trans-Am Victory Ranks As One Of Jones’s Best

HITTING THE DIRT: Versatile Parnelli Jones attacks a dirt track in October 1961. (Walter Imlay Photo)Parnelli Jones has done a lot in his…

Standout Big-Car Racer Magill Achieved His Indy 500 Dreams

Standout Big-Car Racer Magill Achieved His Indy 500 Dreams

INDY TIME: Mike Magill at the 1959 Indianapolis 500, one of his three starts in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Photo)Mike…

Hodge-Podge Of Entries As Robson Wins 1946 Indy 500

Hodge-Podge Of Entries As Robson Wins 1946 Indy 500

Indianapolis Motor Speedway sat idle following the 1941 race through the conclusion of World War II. Former owner Eddie Rickenbacker sold the track to…

Dirt Cars Raced With Indy Cars At Pocono In 1981

Dirt Cars Raced With Indy Cars At Pocono In 1981

OPEN-WHEELER: Jack Hewitt, shown here in the early 1990s, was one of several who raced dirt cars at Pocono in 1981. (Corinne Economaki Photo)…

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