Sunday, November 18, 2012

Vintage Midgets

Checked out the racing at Western Springs Speedway here in Auckland last night. Speedway has been happening at that track since 1929! I've been going since 1969 or 70. 
My dad sponsored the yellow midget pictured here for decades. At the time, it was state of the art equipment. Now, it looks prehistoric. The owner/driver, Ted Tracey, won the NZ National Championship at least 6 times during his career and also went to the USA to race a few times.
Dad used to paint loads of midgets and sprintcars. I loved watching him mask them up and lay down the paint schemes. We used to have drivers like Mel Kenyon, Sleepy Tripp, AJ Foyt, Stan Fox, Rich Vogler drop into his shop and come to our house while they were here on tour.
As a kid, it was truly mind-blowing to have those legends so close at hand. I was in awe of them all.

Mr Howard – NZ