ALVIS, CARUTHERS, EDELBROCK, WRIGHT LATEST NATIONAL MIDGET HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Two driving champions, a car owner/engine builder and a driver/historian are the latest four inductees into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Floyd...
ALVIS, CARUTHERS, EDELBROCK, WRIGHT LATEST NATIONAL MIDGET HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Two driving champions, a car owner/engine builder and a driver/historian are the latest four inductees into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Floyd Alvis, Danny Caruthers, Vic Edelbrock and Crocky Wright were selected by the election committee and will be formally inducted during ceremonies at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc., home of the Hall of Fame, on August 28 during the Hall of Fame Classic weekend.
The inductees were selected from a list of 33 nominees which were pared to 20 prior to final balloting.
Their induction will bring the count of inductees to 114 since the Hall was established in 1984.
Alvis, who continues to compete in (BCRA) Bay Cities Racing Association and USAC events, owns seven BCRA titles (1978-79-80-87-2001-02-03) and in 2003 was named Open-Wheel Oval Track Driver of the Year by the West Coast Motorsports Association. He also earned Athlete of the Year honors in 1997 and Motorsportman of the Year honors in 2001 from the same organization. He scored his first BCRA feature victory at Santa Rosa, Calif. in 1971 and won the 2004 opener at Stockton, Calif.
Caruthers, the youngest of two brothers to win the USAC National Midget Championship, captured the 1971 title but was tragically fatally injured in one of the season's final races at Corona, Calif. At the age of 21 he was, at the time, USAC's youngest champion and the first to be so honored posthumously, succeeding his brother Jimmy, who had claimed the 1970 USAC title. He joins father Doug and brother Jimmy as members of the Hall of Fame. Danny recorded a dozen USAC triumphs during his brief career and earned the nickname "Kid." He became a National quarter-midget champion, competing at his father's famed Jelly Bean Bowl, located on the property now occupied by Disneyland.
Edelbrock's V8-60 or "shaker" engines recorded epic upset victories over the famed Offenhauser powerplant and his list of drivers included Rodger Ward, Bill Vukovich, Walt Faulkner, Cal Niday, Perry Grimm, Allen Heath, Mack Hellings and Danny Oakes. The Edelbrock Corporation, located in Torrance,.Calif., continues to supply the racing public with high quality speed equipment that has evolved from the days of the dry lakes and the halcyon days of midget racing.
Wright, who joined Evel Knievel as the only stuntmen to be featured in the famed Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has been involved with the sport of Midget racing for eight decades. A driver in his early days, he earned the Western Pennsylvania motorcycle championship in 1948. As a reporter, he helped found the Johnny Thomson Fan Club and began publishing motorsport books, including a four-volume history of Midget racing and a unique history of the famed Nutley Velodrome in New Jersey. He continues his involvement to this day as a constant supporter of the sport and a foremost authority and historian.