View Full Version : Reminiscing... 1940 Lakeside, Denver, CO Midget Speedway

01-10-2012, 07:55 AM
I found a list this year for Lakeside standing.Possible for somebody interesting...

1.Llyod Axell(310 pts)
2.Bud Martinson(207)
3.Aaron Woodard(155)
4.Roy Leslie(135)
5.Bob Vorbeck(112)
6.Burton Spickler(91)
7.Morris Musick(75)
8.Alex Yeada(61)
9.Otis Stevens(52)
10.Bert McNeece(50)
11.Joe Giba(34)
12.Johnny Tolan(31)
13.Vic Shay(26)
14.Tony Bowe(15)
15.Bill Logan(12)

Class B

1.Earl Kouba(38)
2.Bill Logan(36)
3.Vic Shay(34)
4.Otis Stevens(33)
5.? Nelson(27)


Mitch G.
01-10-2012, 09:56 AM
This was the first official season for the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA), the AAA had been voted out of midget racing in Colorado and the new association formed, it was 1940. Axel won 19 main events that season!

01-10-2012, 01:17 PM
I noticed number 12 on the list is Johnny Tolan. Tolan had a connection with Australia, albeit not a very happy one.
In 1964 Tolan travelled to Australia with Bob Tattersall and Jimmy Davies. He crashed during a race at the Sydney Showgrounds and suffered back injuries which ended his career.

01-11-2012, 05:20 PM
Where did you find the list? I would like to get them for other years.

01-13-2012, 06:29 AM
Where did you find the list? I would like to get them for other years.

My friend sent to me some months ago.I don't know where did he found...If I have more interesting list I will sharing for us!

Mitch G.
01-13-2012, 08:46 AM
numbbers, try to get your hands on Bill Hill's, "Decades of Daring - Midget Racing in the Rocky Mountains", published in 2000. It covers the RMMRA up until about 1980 or so, has all the point standings, stats, etc.

02-14-2012, 08:28 PM
We ran a few midget events in the late 50's at the Speedway.
This photo shows what has to be the shortest driver we ever ran against.
This was from the 1958 season.
Driver is Tommy (flip flop) Rice, I think from Denver and all of 5 foot tall.
As you can see his size did not prevent him from winning many main events.

02-03-2013, 09:44 PM
What ever happened to Tommy Rice?

Thomas E
02-05-2013, 04:02 PM
What ever happened to Tommy Rice?
Tommy Rice? I'll have to ask Kimberly K. (Rice) Ellis our daughter-in-law (our late son Thomas' wife). Kimberly's dad, Ron Rice and Tommy Rice were cousins, Ron died several years ago.

I can dig up some details about Tommy Rice, number 92, and the Rice family, Isaiah and Margaret Rice, they are both deceased. I believe Isaiah died in 1961 and Margaret died several years ago. Coincidentally I have the title to number 92, Kimberly found it among here gramma Margaret's personal belongings. You may think it strange that I have the title, even the story about number 92 and and the Rice family is strange.

03-01-2013, 10:33 PM
Thanks, I talked to my Dad about Tommy. He said he was in a racing crash. Dad said he flipped and broke his neck. The doc said he died on impact, yet he drove his car into the infield and out of traffic. But he didn't know for sure. Dad said he was one of the best drivers of that period. Any more info or photos would be appreciated. Thanks again.

Mitch G.
03-03-2013, 09:16 AM
As far as I know, Tommy Rice and his wife still live on their ranch in Erie, CO north of Denver. I've been away from Denver for 9 years, but to the best of my knowledge, Tommy is still alive. Not sure but heard the Kurtis Offy midget is still in his barn. Bill Hill's book "Decades of Daring Midget Racing in the Rocky Mountain West" published in 2000, has a bio of Tommy, and it stated that Tommy was still with us as of the writing of the book. Here's a photo from that book.

01-06-2015, 07:52 PM
I guess dad was mistaken. Thanks

01-25-2017, 04:45 PM
When my father Tate passed he gave me a pin of Tom Rice on the back he wrote Tom Rice [ricearonni] 1975 age 30 announcer today on T.V racing 2001 went on to write New him well Friend 1975 on the dirt in the #1looking at it right now memories