Auto Racing History
OFFENHAUSER
Miller, AAA, USAC and other Historic Auto Racing Subjects
By Gordon E. White
Leo Goossen Archive Is  Here


Welcome to the Web Page for racing history, a source for information on racing as it was from the beginning to the late sixties when the sport entered, for better or worse, its post-modern era.
 
      We have available a vast amount of information including all of the surviving American Automobile Association's Contest Board files, 1908-1955, several thousand of Leo Goossen's marvelous Miller, Offy, Novi, Scarab, Bowes and other drawings and blueprints, the IMCA and NEMA and other records, Illustrated Speedway News, 1938-1984, National Speed Sport News, 1933-1998, many racers' scrapbooks, Coastal Auto Racing, Speedway, and other 1930's publications, many racing decals, as well as my book, Offenhauser, the Legendary American Racing Engine and the Men Who Built it. $24.95 plus $4.95 shipping.

    For a complete list, click  here. These are available by mail from Gordon White, Box 129, Hardyville, VA 23070. 




    The Indianapolis Racing Cars of Frank Kurtis, 1940 - 1963 by Gordon Eliot White. This is the definitive work on the 110 Championship cars that Frank Kurtis built during his career, most of which ran at Indianapolis. Kurtis cars won the 500 five of six years, 1950 - 1955 and during those years made up as much as two thirds of the starting fields. Kurtis designed the "roadster" cars that dominated Indy 1955 - 1964, until the end of the front-engine era at Indianapolis. This exceptional volume includes engineering drawings, body-off and crash photos and many other images not seen in print before. An appendix lists every Kurtis Champ car and its Indy record, 1940 - 1965 with chassis and engine serial numbers. Softbound, 129 pages, 10 1/4 x 8 1/2, 120 black and white illustrations. Order from the Author, who will autograph this book to the buyer. PO Box 129, Hardyville, VA 23070. $29.95 plus shipping, total $33.90. Please make checks to Gordon White. (Sorry, no credit cards)



      Frank Kurtis built the racing cars that dominated the mid-twentieth century in America. This is the complete, definitive biography of Kurtis, who built more than 550 midgets, 110 Indy cars, more than 150 competitive sports cars and hundreds of TQs and quarter midgets. At the end of his career, he designed, modified, and built cars that ran at Bonneville, in Italy at the Mille Miglia and even sports and slingshot dragsters.
     Forward by Chris Economacki
     A full, illustrated, account of Kurtis, his life, times, and career. (click here to read more.)

     Click here for an order form that you can print, complete and mail to me.



      The stories of more than 120 20th century tracks that once held the exciting races of yesteryear. Covers the board tracks, the concrete speedways, the dirt bullrings, the beach course at Daytona, the Vanderbilt Cup road courses and the asphalt ovals where the midgets ran at mid- century that are now dark and silent - the Elgin road races, Monza, Gasoline Alley, and many, many more.
      Photos, maps and descriptions of long-ago tracks and some that disappeared only yesterday. 128 pages, softbound, 120 photographs.
      Published by Iconographix Inc. Click here for an order form.



      Harry A. Miller was not only the designer of beautiful Indianapolis racing cars of the 1920s, but he designed and built race boat engines that dominated the sport for 20 years. He invented carburetors, built luxurious passenger cars, aircraft and autogiro engines, the engine for a "combat car" an outboard motor and other vehicles too bizarre to be built.
      Drawings, photographs and descriptions of the wonderful mechanical things that Miller dreamed up in his 30 year career as America's most innovative designer.
      Published by Iconografix Inc., 126 pages, softbound. Click here for an order form.

      I will ship up to five books for one $4.95 s&h fee.

 

         Wanted: drawings of early Miller (183, 122, 91), the Miller FWD cars and other historic blueprints, AAA records from the 1920s that we do not have.  Also Indianapolis, ARDC midget records, racing emblems (decals) particularly from the 1950s, and any material dealing with the glorious open-wheel racing we remember. We are interested too in Miller speedboats, early aeronautics and wooden boats.





The author at Lime Rock, CT, 1997
 
Gordon White, Box 129, Hardyville, Virginia, 23070  e-mail me (gewhite@crosslink.net)

last revised: Jan, 2005