Dan S Kurtis Kraft Midget Race Car

Happy Fathers Day

At the conclusion of the 1960 racing season, my dad, Landy Scott hung up his helmet and retired from midget auto racing. Landy's career spanned 15 years, highlighted by winning the Badger Midget Racing Championship in 1947. He sold his Studebaker Champion powered Kurtis Kraft Midget race car and lost track of it for the next 37 years. Over the years we heard that rumors that the car was still around. The older I got, the more I became interested in finding his car.

To honor my dad’s racing career I built a website from old photos and articles contained in his scrapbook which resulted in many contacts and more rumors. In 2008 one of those rumors paid off. The car was still around and restored to its former glory. Numerous phone calls and letters later a deal was stuck and we bought the car sight un-seen.

In June of 2008, without Landy’s knowledge, my son and I planned a road trip to Omaha, Nebraska to pick up the car. We arrived to find the car complete but neglected. Those magnesium wheels don’t like to be ignored. We loaded the old #17 Midget onto the trailer and headed to Las Vegas where Landy lived.

Arriving in Las Vegas on Father’s Day, we unloaded the Midget and pushed it into Landy’s driveway before calling him outside...Happy Father’s Day!!! Landy was speechless as he stepped outside and saw his old race car parked in his driveway.

The next year (at age 90) Landy traveled to California to witness his beautifully restored midget racer win first place in the race car division at the 2009 Corona Del Mar Coastline Car Classic. He was also on hand when the #17 participated as a special invitee in the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show's "The History of the Race Car" exhibit in Los Angeles. Landy is alive and well in Wisconsin at the young age of 95 and his Midget will soon be on display at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana.

7 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Mario Loffredo California October 8, 2014 at 21:50
    What a heart warming story
  • 2
    Mercy Callahan California October 10, 2014 at 13:06
    Great story. I had the honor of sitting in Landy's race car at a recent car show.
  • 3
    Gene O LA October 10, 2014 at 13:40
    Wow, I was at the Corona show in 2009. I remember the midget and I thought it was a great looking car. Wonderful story and a great legacy which continues.
  • 4
    Ron W Paso Robles, CA October 10, 2014 at 16:36
    I have had the pleasure to not only know the original driver and his son but to see how the evolution of this story has encompassed so many people's lives. It is truly a love story of a family being brought together by via a common passion of a race car.
  • 5
    Art Newhall October 10, 2014 at 22:43
    Landy, you are the man. I had the privilege of serving as "pit crew" with your son as he showed it in your honor. As I said you are the man. Great story and reunion.
  • 6
    Kimberly Cambria, California October 11, 2014 at 14:10
    That is an incredible story of tenacity, family, and love. Who knew Midgets could be so powerful? Gorgeous car, too!
  • 7
    Pete A California October 11, 2014 at 11:25
    I saw the car at a few shows. It is a beautiful machine and its story is a great tribute to The Scott family

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