Tag Archives: Midget racing car
Starter Bill Vanderwater throws the green flag to start a midget feature race, which was possibly run at Soldier Field in Chicago. One of the drivers in this event was the well know racer Tony Bettenhausen. July 20, 1947.
After WWII Midget car racing was a 7-day a week sport. In this photo Tony Bonadies has a Ford woody with a double deck trailer ready to tow to an indoor race at an Armory in the Bronx, NY. The car on top of the trailer is the #31 Sugar Blues, a famous pre-war Midget that won many races.
Tony Bonadies was a legend in the Midget Cars with numerous wins. Unfortunately he lost his life in a racing accident at the Williams Grove Speedway in 1964.
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 entertain-ment in the evenings also cut down on the crowds. Even so, midget car racing still exists today.