He retired from the Air Force with the rank of Lt. Inhe earned his Sports Car Club of America competition license. In andhe competed Danny mcknight midget career the G Modified Class.
He ran as high as third place before an engine malfunction Danny mcknight midget career him to a sixth place finish. In andhe competed in the C production class. Inhe competed in the sports racing class in the Midwest.
Inhe won the Midwest Division Championship. After retiring from the Air Force in Tex decided to go professional racing. He competed in the Can-Am series at events across the U. Inhe was hired by the SCCA to serve as director of club racing. He also competed in the A Sports Racing class. Inhe competed in the Formula B class. Inhe was hired by Danny mcknight midget career International to race-prep more than 20 race cars for mainly historic and vintage races.
Inhe went to Walker Racing to race-prep mostly Ferrari Race cars. His current ride is a Formula Continental Van Dieman. Throughout his racing career, Tex has held many SCCA regional and executive offices, has won more than a dozen division championships, has worked on, race-prepped and driven some of the most complex race cars in the world.
Dave Crocker began racing in and soon realized he had a special talent behind the wheel. After the season, Crocker raced midgets for Dick Baty. He also competed in sprint cars on the dirt at Colorado National Speedway. Ernie was born in Denver in His love of racing began as a youngster helping his father build and maintain a midget that ran locally.
They ran 2nd to Lee Petty in the qualifying race. Ernie was instrumental in rallying many racers to get involved in sprint car racing. Ernie was a long time car owner and supporter of the Big Car Racing Association.
He Danny mcknight midget career on the board, and consistently fielded a car, traveling extensively throughout the country with his dog Shawn by his side. Friends introduced Ernie to Jan Opperman and the two became life-long friends. Ernie served the local racing community providing fuel and parts at events throughout Colorado.
AAI became a local hub for many race teams when the Outlaws and other big races were in town. Ernie was generous and often lent parts and even engines so others could race. Another adventure brought Ernie back to his stock car roots, spending his weekends working for Chesrown Racing with Rick Carelli running the Winston West Series. Ernie ran AAI until when health issues forced him to sell the business.
Anyone who ever met Ernie has a story to tell. When Ted was 13 years old he would sit on the curb and watch the open wheel race cars drive up Colorado Avenue on race day. That was when he decided he wanted to drive a race car up Pikes Peak someday. At age 18 Ted drove stock cars at the old Pikes Peak Speedway. As soon as he turned 21 in he found a ride driving for Ray Newbill. He spent a few years learning every curve and straight away by heart, improving his skills and getting better cars.
Danny mcknight midget career bought his first car in at age He also drove Sprint cars in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
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He also placed second six times on Pikes Peak and was always in the top 10 finishers. He loved those years, especially the ones on Pikes Peak.
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Tom Frantz was born in in Denver. As early as eight years old, Tom was entering and winning car races sponsored by the Cub Scouts. By years-old he was building race cars. In the early s, his career then began in earnest with Tom racing in a car he built and raced in the jet coupes division.
As a result of this accomplishment, Tom is believed to be the only person to have won two championships at two different speedways during the same season in Colorado.
He achieved these feats driving in a car he built that featured one of the first off-set motors to be used in supermodified racing. He also competed in sprint cars and stock cars in the late s. He made his United States Automobile Club Championship Car debut inwhere he made six starts, with two 11th place finishes and competitive drives in every event. He then moved on to Indy Cars. Danny mcknight midget career the season he finished 20th in points and registered a career-best 9th place finish at Trenton Speedway in the Championship Auto Racing Teams Champ Car series.
During this time he helped begin the careers of such notable drivers as Bob Frey. However, with all his success in racing, he still considers his greatest accomplishment is being a heart transplant survivor.
Bob Olds was born in in Denver. He did such a good job that the crew even snuck him into the pits at Gilmore for Turkey Night.
He continued drag racing until joining the Army in and when on leave he would help Harry Duff and Bob Van Buskirk work on their midgets. Inhe bought a Ford roadster an old Pikes Peak car and raced it at Englewood Speedway for a Danny mcknight midget career years.
Starting in the late s and into the s, Bob travelled to races all over the country and worked on pit crews with national midget champion, Johnny Tolan, and local drivers Joe Giba, and Buddy Shay. In the early s, Bob took his 32 Ford Coupe with a blown Flathead to Bonneville and turned mph, but wanted to go faster, so Bill Kenz loaned him some wheels and tires and he got up to mph. While there, he met Tom Beatty and helped him work on his belly tanker.
Doing him a favor, Tom let Danny mcknight midget career drive his car on the trip out where he turned mph, and Tom did the return trip and ran mph. During the month of May each year fromBob went to Indianapolis, Indiana.
From the early s through the s, Bob had Danny mcknight midget career celebrated Colorado drivers in his midget racers, including: InBob hired Sam Sauer to drive and Frank Peterson to build the engines; the team worked well with a track record at Colorado National Speedway dirt of Through the s, his son Dave ran a Formula Ford in SCCA and other local clubs, usually finishing Danny mcknight midget career the top 10 during his first year, but after Bob tweaked on his car a few times and provided some instruction, Dave consistently finished in the top five.
With a Fine Arts degree from Denver University, Bob is an accomplished artist and has created hundreds of paintings, including some beautiful, professional quality paint jobs on numerous race cars, and even airplanes.
Currently, Bob uses his artistic gifts painting Hall of Fame drivers and cars at our favorite tracks of yesteryear, and he shares his mechanical expertise with his sons and other Colorado Vintage Oval Racers with their vintage racecars, all while running a successful car sales business for more than 44 years. His love affair with racing began at a very young age, as both his father, RG and his uncle, Ronald were involved in racing. As a matter of fact, Ronald became the first black mechanic to work at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
He would bring Russ, at the age of four or five, along with him — stoking his affection for motorsports. At an age of seven, Doc and his father built a go kart in the bathroom of their Danny mcknight midget career, much to the dismay of his mother.
He began racing the go kart in Bridgeville and Allentown, Pennsylvania. He also used the go kart to deliver newspapers; he always had a need for speed! When Butch went to Vietnam, Mike and Doc began racing the car. While they were very good at racing, they also got into trouble at home.
Doc went on to attend college at Colorado State University.
There, he majored in chemistry, so that he could learn about racing fuels. Upon graduating, he moved back to Pennsylvania, where he began working for a pharmaceutical company. He returned to Denver soon after to attend medical school at the University of Colorado.