Today’s lead image taken in the spring of 1947 contains race driver George Weaver in the cockpit of car number 44, a pre-war Miller front-wheel-drive racing car powered by a supercharged Miller straight-eight engine. This racing machine is one of as many as ten built by Harry Miller during the 1920s in Los Angeles before the Stock Market crash in 1929. Behind Weaver and the outdated Miller, which did not qualify for the race is Chief Mechanic Jim Hoe and mechanic Hal Stetson.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 Thompson 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 here. 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 previously on July 2, 2018?
If you would like to view more early racing coverage, 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.
Today’s feature images are courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway collection at the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Library.
The enlargeable photo below shows Jim Hoe posing with the stripped chassis and the rear motor mount of the Miller number 44 chassis. The unique Miller differential and transmission is visible at the lower-right of the picture.