Post by bobjeffreson on Mar 6, 2012 14:41:29 GMT 1
Last shake down run of the Kydd Offy #75 @ a very hard slick Goulburn Speedway 'Oct '89 prior to being air freighted to Houston Texas USA. Car was built by George Shilala from LA Calf. in kit form for Eric Kydd who did final assembly and body fabrication at Qantas Airlines Jet Base in Sydney Australia commencing in the early 1960s. Offy engine was from Jack London. Fuel injection was set up by Phil and Chris McGee of McGee Racing Cams. This car was being built for Australia's premier midget racer Jeff Freeman. Freeman was killed at Westmead Speedway, Sydney on the 9th May 1965. Building of the car ceased that day. Was not resumed for many years. Sadly local politics by the Vintage Clubs in Australia, over the livery on the car, saw the car leave Australia in 1989 and it now resides in the USA.
Watching that youtube really makes the old bones (and elsewhere!!) start to tingle. Sadly, we'll never see the likes of midgets (real ones at that) like this in the UK. I think we should be indebted top bobjeffreson for putting this up. More youtube midget racing posts on the site PLEASE!!
Post by bobjeffreson on Mar 13, 2012 20:09:28 GMT 1
Toby, Mate I just post items I find interesting and trust you guys do also. The guy that took the E J Kydd Offy to the 'States, Neil Morrison, went to Pheonix Arizona last weekend to see his old car. This is what it looks like today. Due to its amazing history, there are many people that would love to see this midget back in Australia.
Bob - it's getting so that every time I visit the site I anticipate another item of pictorial midget car history. Just keep 'em coming - the more the merrier - as the saying goes. Thanks mate for the input,