Local midget auto racing celebrated its 70 th birthday in November of The following story details some of the early events. Located southwest of the corner of the current intersection of a th Street and Torrence Avenue, the Speed Bowl was described as a dirt oval with four turns and four short straight-aways and being slightly under a half-mile on the inside. The property was originally developed for greyhound dog racing and was known as the Calumet Kennel Club. The State of Illinois never adapted legalized dog racing and the property sat idle for some time.
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MIDGET auto racing, fast becoming a major sport in the United States, attracted more than five million persons to race meets staged in different sections of the country during Why, one might ask, has this sport become so popular in the short period of four years? There are many reasons, but the most important is that the sport is crammed with action. Then again, the American public has, and always will be, attracted to a sport that offers thrills. Many persons get a thrill from a hard fought football game, or a baseball pitching duel. Others sit tensely on the edge of their seats watching two boxers in a ring jab and punch their way to fame.
More than 70 years later, this midget-style racer awaits its first race
The Pick of the Day is something of a mystery machine. The dealer notes that the car was built between and , has been well-maintained, is powered by a 60 horsepower Ford V8 presumably a flathead-style engine with dual carburetors and Edmunds manifold and cylinder heads. The car is built on a Model T frame with Model A front axle, in-and-out gearbox, and comes with both dirt-track and pavement tires. The dealer adds that the trailer has been rebuilt with a new floor, tiers, lights, safety chains, wheels, etc.
By Jack Peters Since midget auto-racing has become a national 'sport throughout America, many stories have arisen as to its origin. Members Of the racing fraternity of the Atlantic coast claim that they began the. Those who follow the peewee game on the Pacific coast will swear to it that their section Of the country introduced midgets to the Speed fans just four years ago. While in one respect both are wrong, statistics and records show that those of the Golden Gate State are nearest to being right. Any old-time race fan, who was on the Pacific coast Venice, California, in , to be exact will answer the question " Where and when was the first midget auto-race held in the United States?