Newsreel shows miniature racing cars in action

Yes, there were crashes, but only toy drivers were injured

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The Video of the Day begins with what appears to be a horrible and flaming crash during a dirt-track auto race, but no people were injured. That’s because the video shows newsreel action from the 1940s involving miniature auto racing cars.

At the time, the newsreel informs, there were 6 tracks in the U.S. with another dozen under construction.

The cars were homebuilt, weighs 6 pounds each, had small gasoline engines that burned an ounce of fuel every quarter mile and could reach a top speed of 71 mph.


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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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