Updated: Earlier in the formative years of The Old Motor, a sizable portion of the coverage contained pre-World War II racing cars and race meets which can be found in the category “Auto Racing 1894 – 1942” in the drop-down categories menu located in the right-hand column of the site.
Today’s feature images are courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway collection at the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Library. Instead of concentrating on cars and drivers during the race and other activities in this new series, the mechanics and other workers “behind the scenes” the unsung hero’s that work to “make it happen” will be the focus of this coverage.
To begin here today in the lead image from 1947 contains race driver George Weaver in the cockpit of car number 44, a pre-war Miller front-wheel-drive racing car with a supercharged Miller straight-eight engine, one of as many as ten built by Harry Miller in the late-1920s. Behind him and the old and outdated Miller which did not qualify for the race is Chief Mechanic Jim Hoe and mechanic Hal Stetson.
Race driver and sportsman George Weaver went on to build the Thomson Speedway Road Racing Track in the fifties. Mechanic and racer Jim Hoe later became a Duesenberg restorer and built his own Model “J” Duesenberg based racing car.
Because of finding this photograph a mystery may have inadvertently been solved? A graying George Weaver may be the unknown man and possible sponsor standing by Jim Hoe’s Model “J” Duesenberg Special Racing Car in an article posted here earlier on July 2, 2018?
Update: Photo below of Jim Hoe working on the stripped chassis and rear motor mount of the Miller number 44 chassis. The unique Miller differential and transmission is visible in the right-bottom of the picture.