- This is an excellent example from the sport of racing small-scale racers.
- This racer was built in 1934-35 by Leo Faulkner and raced by him and many others for more than 20 years.
- It was built and raced during the days when roll-bars and other safety features were not required.
- It has been modified several times and had many owners in its history.
The first midget race car meets in which records were kept were held at the American Legion (Ascot) Speedway in Los Angeles in April 1914. Midget racing continued until interrupted by World War I and did not resume until 1933, when an organization was formed to race the few existing midgets. Loyola Stadium in Los Angeles became the first site for midget racing as an individual sport. Among the lineup of 10 drivers for this first event was Leo Faulkner, a pioneer of this sport.
Faulkner built this midget racer in 1935. It was sold in 1936 and changed hands many times over a period of ten years. During that time, Faulkner raced the midget car for its different owners and made repairs and improvements when needed. In 1946, Faulkner lengthened the tail slightly and replaced the Continental engine with a Ford V-8 engine. Faulkner raced the car under the sanction of the United Racing Association’s Blue Circuit, which included the elite of the country’s midget racers. Faulkner continued to race the car in competition for its last owner, Vern Vincent. He purchased the racer from Vincent in the 1960s and retained possession of it until his death in 1978.
Built By: Leo “Pop” Faulkner
Los Angeles, California
Engine: Ford, L-Head
V-8, 60 hp
Bore: 2 5/8"
Stroke: 3 1/4"
Displacement: 135.9 Cu. In.