Bob McCoy

Have you ever heard the expression “the real McCoy”? Of course you have!  Well it actually comes from racer Bob McCoy.  He was an artist and a race car driver and we are lucky to have some of his art on display at the museum.   In spite of early [...]

Jimmy Bryan

Jimmy Bryan is the unquestioned greatest driver Arizona ever produced. During the 1950s, Bryan won three AAA/USAC National Championships (1954-1956-1957).  Starting with a win in the Hoosier Hundred on Sept. 9, 1954, Bryan began one of the most impressive streaks in racing history winning 11 of the next 12 races [...]

Hank Arnold

It is hard to find a more popular driver in the history of Arizona racing than Hank Arnold.  His quiet, easy-going manner out of the car was balanced by his fiercely competitive nature once he climbed into a race car. Young fans were naturally drawn to Arnold before the start [...]

Frank McDaniel

If ever there was a driver in Arizona racing history who made racing a sprint car look easy, it was “Flyin’ Frank” McDaniel.  Twice McDaniel was the Arizona Racing Association driving champion. In fact, when he won his first driving title in 1963, McDaniel was the youngest driver to pull [...]

Bob Huebner

Tucson’s Bob Huebner started his Arizona Racing Association in the early sixties, right as the drivers from Tucson became more dominant at the hotbed of racing in this state at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. After a couple of impressive drives in 1963, Huenber’s first state championship came in 1964 when [...]

1946 Surdo Offy Midget

Owned by Dick Belveal, this Kurtis Kraft Midget features a 110 Offenhauser engine. Frank Kurtis built nearly 600 serialized racers, with their varied histories documented in books and magazines throughout the U.S. This combination of car and power plant was almost impossible to beat in post-war racing and dominated for [...]

1952 Blakely Champ Car

Bob and Karen Fletcher’s Kurtis Kraft 4000 is also Offenhauser powered but with a much larger version at 270 cid. The “Champ” cars were known for the national championship series, and they followed racing on the biggest of stages at state fair mile-long tracks and eventually at the Indianapolis 500. [...]

1959 Payola Super Modified

Mike Fritzinger’s ‘Hank Henry Super Modified’ packs a blown and injected small-block Chevy on an 85-inch wheel base. This car was in a “Run What You Brung” class that ran in the Southwest, 1959−1965. “The near lack of rules gave rise to options such as supercharging,” Mickey says. The car [...]

1933 Garnant Miller Big Car

This 80-plus-year-old classic from the Bill Ewing collection has a Miller/ Offenhauser 247-cid powerplant with a very rare Pirrung intake manifold and two DD Winfield carburetors. Built in 1933, this car raced for nearly 20 years on the West Coast, winning the 1934 Pacific Coast AAA Championship and finishing fifth [...]

1991 Jeff Gordon Silver Crown

Fred Ede’s “Beast” has a 355-cid Chevy V-8 outputting 750 horses. The colorful 100-inch wheelbase car was very well known on the challenging mile dirt circuit where the cars reached speeds approaching 140 mph. The winner of 1991 USAC Silver Crown Championship, this car helped begin Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR racing [...]

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