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The Mighty Midgets Often referred to as the purest form of racing these "mighty midgets" are a racing history teasure.



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Old 12-03-2011, 02:29 PM   #31
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ARM Forum member and now resident of Florida USA.... usaoffy75 ....raced midgets in his younger days in Australia. He was amongst the guys that entertained us at the lightning quick black top venue, Liverpool City Raceway, just outside Sydney.
Thanks for all the memories NM.


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Old 12-08-2011, 03:39 PM   #32
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ARM Forum member and now resident of Florida USA.... usaoffy75 ....raced midgets in his younger days in Australia. He was amongst the guys that entertained us at the lightning quick black top venue, Liverpool City Raceway, just outside Sydney.
Thanks for all the memories NM.


Thanks Bob....that little Chevy has more guts than me...
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:53 PM   #33
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Update on the Mattoon car-Waiting on the hood so the panels can be finished. Then it has to be taken apart and it's off for paint!
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:14 PM   #34
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I trust we get to see some photos!
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:22 AM   #35
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Seems we ran with Bob from the 40's into the late 60's.
Been doing some research and came up with a couple items that might be of interest to some.

On July 4th 1955, Bob ran an afternoon race on the big 1/2 mile Dirt track in Davenport Iowa.
Car was a #32 owned by the Fulton Bros. out of Davenport.
He won the 3rd heat as well as the Handicap race, just ahead of Midget legend Dick Ritchie.
Sorry, did not see him in the top 5 of the main.

In the late 40's and 50's he would show up at some of the Iowa tracks we ran.
Davenport, a dangerous 1/2 mile, Tipton, a small high banked 1/4 mile, Hawkeye Downs a big 1/2 mile in Cedar Rapids along with Cemar Acres, a very tight 1/4 mile just outside C.R..
Driver remembers one of those nights he ran the Downs very well.
We had just one a big one on the 1/2 mile in Oskaloosa and were waging a points battle with Ritchie.
Bob showed up in the #32 Fulton Bros. entry.
Bob took off leading the main while we were in the middle of a 4 car dogfight behind him.
The foursome was us, Dick, Eddie Critchlow and George Miller.
Dick and Eddie had passed Bob, leaving us to contend with Bob.
2 laps from the end Dick and Eddie sideswipe each other and we both go low and took a short lived lead as Tattersall was going to have nothing to do with a second place finish.
Always drove us clean and a super nice guy.

We had a great 2 man show one night in Davenport.
We set fast time and won the first heat.
Bob had to take our glory away by winning the second heat, the handicap and the main.

More stories about Bob later.

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Old 12-30-2011, 12:02 PM   #36
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The year was 1962 and we decided to run the annual Midget Turkey week event in California.
This was the 150 lap "Grand Prix" at the famous Ascot Park in Gardena.
Along with Bob the race had several Indy 500 vets.
A.J. Foyt, Roger McCluskey, Parnelli Jones, Bobby Unser and Jim Hurtubise just to name a few.
My program shows Bob finished 3rd that day out of the 50+ field of the best from across the country.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #37
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Found the newspaper headlines for that race in Cedar Rapids Iowa where he passed us with 2 laps to go.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:22 PM   #38
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Bob drove 13 one night at the Showground. He hated the idea of #13! His regular car the Kischell #12 had jumped out of gear earlier in the evening and bent valves. Len Brock offered to run 13 with the Falcon engine so Bob could fulfill his commitments in Adelaide with the McGee's Offy engine, where he won.

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Old 08-10-2012, 08:31 AM   #39
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Here's an interesting car that Bob drove:


On 10/09/1955 Bob Tattersall stunned all when he beat a field of AAA Offies with the Frank Pavese "Twin Fire" V8-60 at Terre Haute. The "Offy Killer" carried Tattersall to his 1st UARA Midget Championship in 1956.

It was the former Ward/Edelbrock car.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:39 PM   #40
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On 10/09/1955 Bob Tattersall stunned all when he beat a field of AAA Offies with the Frank Pavese "Twin Fire" V8-60 at Terre Haute. The "Offy Killer" carried Tattersall to his 1st UARA Midget Championship in 1956.

It was the former Ward/Edelbrock car.
Bob Tattersall was engaged by the late Mr Hugh Reskymer (Kym) Bonython AC, promoter of Rowley Park Speedway, Coglin Street, Brompton, South Australia for the 1958/1959 Season.

Tattersall drove the Ex Goldfinch Ross Goonan V8/60 from New Zealand. (the car had been purchased by Kym Bonython at the completion of the 1957-1958 season from Goldfinch) Tattersall buried the car into the Ambulance Gate Corner (Turn 3). Tattersall was unhurt because he was the first driver in that accident-prone era to use the single point shoulder harness and rollbar. After that accident, Tattersall advocated the steering arm on all midgets should be on the LHS of the vehicle so the steering arm would not foul the RHF tyre under full lock.

Tattersall complained that the car lacked power and was easy to 'boil'. Examination by the mechanic Mr Alexander Herbert Rowe OAM (1913-2010) revealed the car's carburettors only had 'standard power valves' . Rowe installed methanol specific power valves and from then on the car and driver was VERY competitive.

Tattersall was engaged for the whole season for Rowley Park only.

In 1974 I toured the US for the Indy 500 - one of some 200+ Aussies. On our way back from Indianapolis, we were joined by Dee Tattersall (Bob's widow) at Chicago for the trip to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.


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