The Wood Collection

Thanks to Bill Wood of Fort Scott, Kansas for sharing these photos from the 1930s.  Most of the photos document the career of Bill’s dad, Jimmy Wood, who raced both big cars and midgets in South Dakota and neighboring states.  Wood raced some with the IMCA but most of the time with groups that would have to be described as “outlaw outlaw”.  Wood won more than his share of races in both the big cars and midgets.  Many of the photos are “snapshots” and apparently were taken by Jimmy and his wife, Helen.  Thanks to them, and the kindness of Bill Wood, a bit of real dirt track racing is preserved.

Don Radbruch


Jimmy and Helen Wood at Sioux Falls, South Dakota – c1932






Helen Wood at West Sioux Falls Speedway, Sioux Falls, South Dakota – c1931




Jimmy Wood’s #13 on display in front of Montgomery Wards in Minot, North Dakota - 1936





Jimmy Wood at Sioux Falls, South Dakota – c1937




Jimmy Wood at Sioux Falls, South Dakota – c1937





Jimmy Wood in a midget with car owners C. M. Wold and Albert Bobb at Sioux City, Iowa – c1937





Ray Hebert in an Oakland V8 at Renner, South Dakota - c1933






  Clair Cotter of Albert Lea, Minnesota, in a Riley two-port – c1939





Troy Pigg of Beatrice, Nebraska lost his life in a racing accident






Fred Sands of Minneapolis, Minnesota





Archie Powell of Galesburg, Illinois 






 Al Sweeney of Chicago, Illinois


Buddy Calloway of Miami, Florida – c1936






Howard Hillis’ SR Frontenac – c1934




Bob Green of Orlando, Florida






Jimmy Slattery at St. Paul, Minnesota – c1937




“Wild Pete” Petersam in the Rudy Kruck Chevrolet – c1932






Claude “Jinx” Phillips of Sioux City, Iowa, lost his life while competing at Ottumwa, Iowa in 1936




Eddie Bergman in the Wood Riley four-port – c1938






Ray Hebert of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, lost his life in an racing accident




Harry Beckett standing beside Tiny Gilbert






Besides running a “Thrill Show”, Smoney Harris of St. Paul, Minnesota, was also one of the few black race car drivers to compete in the 1930s




Arlin Lake of St. Paul, Minnesota with a Miller Schofield – c1939






Lloyd Axle of Denver, Colorado at Ord, Nebraska – c1938




Mac Gilbreath at the Fargo State Fair, Fargo, North Dakota – c1938





Harry McQuinn, left, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the Marchese Miller at Ord, Nebraska – c1938




Lewis Pearson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota with Helen Wood and a car he wrecked at West Sioux Falls Speedway – c1938





Sioux Falls, South Dakota - c1937




Midgets lined up for a Australian Pursuit at Steven, South Dakota – c1937







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