THE CAR

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Dur­ing the 1940s, Frank Kur­tis de­vel­oped his rep­u­ta­tion by build­ing Of­fen­hauser-en­gined “midget” open-cock­pit rac­ers that pro­vided plenty of spills and thrills on the var­i­ous dirt ovals around the USA. Stiff, light chro­moly space frames and softly sprung sus­pen­sions meant plenty of in­sid­e­front-wheel-in-the-air ac­tion as they slid side­ways, their su­pe­rior rear trac­tion al­low­ing them to put all avail­able horses onto the dirt. Their “Offy” en­gines were four­cylin­der iron-blocks of 1,6- to 1,8-litre ca­pac­ity that pro­duced 90 kw at 6 000 r/min.

Vir­tu­ally un­beat­able for more than 20 years, the Kur­tis Mid­gets won count­less events all over the US.

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