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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 01-20-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default San Jose USAC midget action

Neat photo out of a program for a J.C. Agajanian promoted USAC midget show at Ascot Park, in 1969. A full page Jim Chini shot from a previous USAC midget show at San Jose, CA. That #185 is a George Benson Chassis, looks like Offy power, Jack Fitzpatrick appears to be in a old Kurtis, or Kurtis copy. Strange how the newer Benson car is without a cage, and the old car has a bolt on cage!

Great midget action from the same program pages, some with cages, some without, open face helmets, Edmunds chassis, Kurtis chassis, all Offy powered. Man those were the days, of the six drivers in these two photo's, I believe all but one was a midget points champion at one time or another. Johnny Parsons Jr. (who won this race), never won a points title, but won races in midgets, sprints, dirt champ cars, and was in the Indy 500 13 or 14 times, with a career best 5th place finish.

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Here's the program cover.
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.....'Mitch G, Wow, thank you for choosing such an excellent topic and for the great pics. I've enclosed the cover photo and qualifying times from the program from that February 22nd, 1970 USAC National Championship Midget race that you referrenced earlier. The race that Johnny Parsons, Jr. won in the King O'Lawn Offy. What made those races at the San Jose Speedway so great was the fact that they were promoted by the great J. C. Agajanian and Aggie always made sure that there were a few Indy 500 drivers and future Indy car drivers in the field; something that would never happen today. What's ironic is, the #32 King O'Lawn car (in your pics) is the former Jack London Offy that was a Benson chassis. London had sold Leonard Faas, Jr. his two-car team midway through the 1969 season after a disappointing performance back east. He came home and immediately ordered a new Benson chassis and that is the #4 car that Hank Butcher is in racing Parsons. Both of those cars had bodies that were re-styled by Jack Hagemann.



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.....'Continuing with that 1970 season opener and the Agajanian-Faas Racers racing team. As with Billy Vukovich, Johnny Anderson had been promised a car for the 1970 Indy 500. Unfortunately, Anderson was involved in an accident at the Phoenix 150 National Championship race in March and was immediately let go from the team. Vukovich could not get up to speed in the Aggie-Faas car in practice for the 500 and also left the team. Bruce Walkup filled in for that summer in the midget, dirt car and Indy car. The team hired Jimmy Gordon in the fall as a full-time driver and he ran one midget race at Sacramento but was killed in the October 25th, 1970 U. S. Open Competition sprint car race at the California State Fairgrounds. George Snider helped finished out the year.

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