SOLDIER FIELD PHOTO SCRAPBOOK #3
The stands are packed for the annual Chicago Park District Police
Benevolet race program at Solider Field on May 4, 1952.
(Ronald Roy Photo Collection)
"Wild Bill" Kelley was
among a bunch of drivers that starred in the stock car racing action at Soldier
Field in the late 40's and early 50's.
Kelley, who hailed from Lincolnwood for a time, raced stock cars, hot rods,
midgets and sprint cars, paling around with the likes of future
winners, Pat Flaherty and Jim Rathmann, who competed in the Andy Granatelli-promoted
shows at the huge Chicago
arena. Kelley was seriously injured in a sprint car crash in 1960. He passed
away in 1997.
(Dick Adams Photo)
Tovella was a longtime frontrunner and winner on the old United States Auto Club
(USAC) stock car circuit. Tovella poses next to his Plymouth Superbird at
Milwaukee in 1972. Tovella's brother, Fred, is to the left of the car. Tovella
began his racing career at Soldier Field in the early 1950's and won his first
stock car feature race at the 'Field in 1952. Tovella had the distinction of
winning the final stock car feature race at the huge lakefront arena on June 9,
(Stan Kalwasinski Photo)
Sal Tovella and his Edsel at
(Stan Kalwasinski Collection Photo)
How many kids
waved these at the auto races at Chicago's Solider Field?
(Thanks to Paul Beck)
Ron Baran was a
of Al Shear from South
Beloit, Ill., who competed regularly at Soldier Field in the early
1950's under Andy Granatelli's promotion. Years later, Ron built this model of
Shear's fast Ford from the '50's.
Shear, who was the
father of longtime Midwestern standout - the late Joe Shear, passed away in 199
(Ron Baran Photo)
Chicago's Larry Odo poses with members of his crew in the pit
area at Soldier Field, circa 1953. Look for an upcoming Larry Odo story to be
posted in the coming weeks.
(King George Photo/Ken Odo Collection)
Soldier Field - 1948 Program
(from the Ken Forster, Jr. collection)
Check out Ken's vintage racing posters at www.reproracingposters.com