A Lesson in History

Hamilton Drove Petty Car To Surprising Daytona Victory

The winner of the 12th running of the Daytona 500, which took place Feb. 22, 1970, at Daytona Int’l Speedway, was a driver few could have predicted.

West Coast Ace Veith Made 11 Indianapolis 500 Starts

Bob Veith raced in 11 Indianapolis 500s. He never won, but that mattered little. Just competing in the 500 fulfilled his dreams and, he believed, defined him as a driver — and with good reason.

Different Lengths Led To Eventual 24-Hour Battle

The Rolex 24 at Daytona has long been an island of stability on the often turbulent sports-car racing scene. The Rolex sponsorship has been in place for 20 years. There have been rule changes from GTP coupes to open-cockpit World Sports Cars to the current Daytona Protoypes.
IN THE SEAT: California dirt-track driver Byron W. “Speed” Hinkley in 1930. (Jim Thurman Collection Photo)

Speed Hinkley Made Mark In Early Days Dirt Racing

Born Byron W. Hinkley in Elba, Neb., Oct. 28, 1898, Hinkley would come to be known as “Speed” on the California dirt tracks he...

Ruttman Stages Impressive Indianapolis Comeback

Three months after Troy Ruttman took the 1952 Indianapolis 500 as the youngest winner in the iconic track’s history, he severely injured his right arm in a freak sprint-car accident at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Traco Engineering Shop Was ‘Organized Confusion’

There was a time when a small, brick-front building in an industrial section of L.A., lodged between Helen’s Café and Jim Narin’s Machine Shop, housed the most important race shop in America.

Cannonball Baker’s Racing Legacy Lives On

Cannonball Baker is an iconic name in the annals of motorcycle racing. The early 20th century rider was one of the sport’s first true heroes, possessing a celebrity that transcended his field of endeavor. His renown was such that President Herbert Hoover once said, “More people know Cannonball’s name than mine!”

Lincoln Once Played Strong Role In Auto Racing

Since Dwight Eisenhower’s first term in the White House, the Lincoln brand has had little involvement in motorsports.

Winged Sportsman Cars Ruled California In Mid 1970s

One of the most interesting things about short-track racing is the evolution of local rules, which created some fascinating offshoots, perhaps none more so than the unique sportsman division of central California.

Bud Moore’s Life Was More Than Just Winning Races

Legendary NASCAR team owner Bud Moore was elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame last month, the crowning achievement on a career which included victories, championships and distinguished service in the Army during World War II.