1960 Meskowski Race Car

Date:
1960
Creator:
Jeffries, Dean, 1933- | Meskowski, Wally (Walter), 1915-1980
Publisher/Studio:
Bowes Seal Fast, LLC

Between 1960 and 1963 the great A.J. Foyt won 13 of the 26 races he drove in this car. Wally Meskowski built the car to run on the one-mile dirt-surfaced ovals. Dirt track racing began when people raced horseless carriages on dirt horse tracks at the end of the 19th century. From the early 1930s to 1970 the top tier of American open wheel racing, known as Championship racing, was conducted primarily on one-mile dirt ovals. The great 2.5 mile paved oval at Indianapolis was more famous, but most races were contested on the dirt. In the 1950s and 1960s some of the dirt ovals were paved. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2008.101.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1951 Beatty Belly Tank Lakester Land Speed Race Car

Date:
1951
Creator:
Beatty, Tom, d. 1985

After World War II, hot rodders started using external fuel tanks from fighter planes as car bodies. The teardrop shape was ideal for speed record runs on dry lake beds and Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Californian Tom Beatty crafted this tank that was once the world's fastest.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2009.140.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1965 Goldenrod Land Speed Race Car

Date:
1965
Creator:
Summers, Bill and Bob Summers | Summers Brothers Racing, LLC
Publisher/Studio:
Chrysler Corporation

In November 1965 this sleek car flashed across Utah's Bonneville salt flats to break the world speed record for wheel driven (as opposed to jet or rocket powered) cars. One key to its success was its long, slim shape that minimized wind resistance. The other key was the clever engineering that packed four Chrysler "Hemi" engines and the machinery to drive all four wheels inside that slim shape. Goldenrod's record of 409.277 miles per hour stood until 1991. Builders Bob and Bill Summers were part of an automobile culture unique to Southern California. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2002.103.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.