Post by martinslyon on Apr 19, 2010 19:19:04 GMT 1
Hi, I joined just over a year ago but have been working in Africa since and have only just got home and started posting. With outstanding support from Richard Neil and Eddie Rickett's I was responsible for the Westfield project. I covered the cost of the prototype build and took the car to all the motorsport shows around the UK in the first year. I made the car available to magazines and was lucky to receive support and excellent coverage from many enthusiastic journalists. Sadly there was quite a lot of negativity in the GPM Club and after a personal tragedy decided there were better ways to spend my time.
Post by memaerobilia on Jul 2, 2010 17:51:54 GMT 1
Hi All;' I was just referred to this site by someone who recognized one of our old midgets for sale on this site. (The pre-WWII Skirrow) My name is Joe Gertler Jr First off; I have a website with over 400 early racing cars/sports car/custom show car photos of work done mostly by my late father, Joe Sr. from 1938-1990. He built over 200 cars during that time, including world records setters, and racing boat etc etc. Most of the cars he built were midgets, and his cars were well known on the U.S. East coast. I have photos of most of them. When stock car racing and TV started the demise of midget racing (that had been active in Northeast U.S. with schedules enabling midgets to race as often as 8 different tracks per week.) .My father went back to his earlier interests in vintage aircraft and seaplanes and concentrated on an aircraft salvage yard, selling used planes and parts. We EVEN supplied several WWI aircraft engines to be used in EARLY type, British racing cars and British hill-climb cars in the 70s-90s) In the early 1970s vintage midget racing and restoration was becoming a growing hobby with numerous historic groups starting up. From that point we decided it would be fun for both of us to restore some of the pre-war sprint cars and midgets and restored some 38 of them form 1973-1990. Just as he had built them Originallly. My father was very active with many of the famous and greats and was a founding board member of either ARDC or the other one?? can't recall off-hand. one of his cars was one of the first 8 midgets chosen to run trial racing programs at the Famous Roosevelt Raceway in NY that featured Parimutual betting on the midget races. Some GREAT stories there He had many famous customers and built many well known and rare cars for them. Back when almost every car was very different from the next one, and lots of experimentation and ingenuity was involved. Enough for now. LOTS of stories to tell and boxes full of original photos and negatives. You can see LOTS of midget photos, fom Original pre-war days to later restoration year at: www.memaerobilia.com