The date was May 26, 1947, when “Hot Rods” were raced for the first time at the Dakota County Fairgrounds located in Farmington, MN. The racetrack was located about twenty miles south of Saint Paul, the home of the State Capitol.
The midget racing craze, which began in Los Angeles, CA, in 1933, also was popular post-war, although it died out by about 1950. “Hot Rod” or ‘”Jalopy” racing of modified stock cars also started in LA at about the same time and has continued until today. The vehicles in this race, with the exception of one, the third from last, which may be a Chevrolet, are all stripped and modified Fords dating from the late-1920s to the late-1930s.
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