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Spindizzies and Tether Cars – Early Miniature Model Racers

Like many automotive fads and trends, the miniature car racing movement apparently started in California in the late-1930s by individuals who constructed cars using small gasoline-powered two-stroke model airplane engines. After learning more about the little racing cars recently, and viewing some of the interesting pre and post-war newsreel films covering “spindizzies” and “tether” racing cars…

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Streamline Test Car: The McQuay-Norris Tear Droppers

McQuay-Norris was a manufacturer of high-quality aftermarket engine and chassis and chassis parts located in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1932 the Company had a series of six “Tear Drop” Test Cars built on either Model “A” Ford or 1932 Ford chassis’ by the Hill Auto Body Metal Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. The attention-getting-egg-shaped McQuay-Norris tear droppers…

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