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A Midget racer-1939

An interesting photo of Eddie Wendt who was a West Coast midget car driver. His car appears to be motorcycle engine powered, possibly by a v-twin as we can see one-air cooled cylinder thru a hood opening. Midget car racing started in California in the mid 1930s and became very popular throughout the US.  After WWII, midget racing developed into a 7 day a week craze in front of huge crowds. Even many Indianapolis car drivers became involved.

By 1950 the craze was over,  stock car racing became more popular, and TV entertainment in the evenings also cut down on the crowds. Even so, midget car racing still exists today.

9 responses to “A Midget racer-1939

  1. We have to remember all the older midget drivers i.. Sam Hanks, Ronny Householder,Duane “pappy”Carter Neal and vic Carter etc. These guys will never be forgtten as they lived inthe “good ole racing days” when you drove by the sat of your pants. I reember Householder holding his carburator on for many laps in a 100 lap 1 miler at Ft. Miami speedway, toledo, ohio. I was in his pit that day.He was a very good friend of the family.

  2. my father name jack lrwin raced midgets 30 and 40s l have many articles and pictures of him and other drivers he passed away when l was very young looking for information or other pictures or articles about him raced in calif the most but may have raced else where thank you johnny lrwin

    • Hi, I believe he was my grandfathers brother,,, my name is Eddie Wendt, named after my feather. And was named after his father and his brother. I would like to talk with you and see, thank you

    • Tammy my name is Phillip Maldonado, my father, Tony Maldonado raced one of Eddies cars for many years. I can remember him for my earliest memories at the tracks all over CA. I have a photo of Eddie taken 7/20/1946
      scanned into my computer.

  3. Here in Australia, speedcars (as midgets were called) were powered by V-twin engines up to the early 1960’s, due to the cost of importing an Offy engine from the United States.

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