ACOT Spotlight, a bit of history on one of 'ACOT's cars'.

1939 Hillegass Midget - V8-60 Ford Engine              Owner: Alan Preliasco
  

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This was the first car that I purchased after joining ACOT in 2006.  It raced in the Northeast in the 1930's and 1940's and was driven by many different drivers, some of whom are listed in the historical information below. I have run the car at many ACOT events, and also at Thompson Vintage and New Hampshire Motor Speedway Vintage events. 
It has a rail frame with a Hillegass aluminum body.  The engine is a Ford V8-60 with a single Stromberg carb, aluminum heads and manifold, and total loss ignition.  It has an in-out box transmission, so it must be push started. It has been a very reliable car, although it tends to overheat a bit, which is typical for the V8-60 engine.
 
                                                                        1939 Hillegass Midget History
 
1939 - 1946     Built/owned by Robert Koneokie
                                     Hamburg NY
1946 - 1948    Owned by Leonard Lorber & Don Bauer
                                     Hamburg NY
                   Other drivers
                                    Eddie Roberts
                                    John Hoover
                                    George Flemke
1948 - 1981         ????
1981 - 1991     Owned & Restored by Robert Grant
                                    Bob & Ted's Vintage Tin
                                    Antique Auto Restoration and Working Museum                        
                                    Strasburg, VA
1991 - 1993     Owned by Bobby Albert
                                    Peekskill, NY
1993 - 2006      Owned by Ron Nowicki                        
                                    East Pachogue, LI, NY
2006 - Present    Owned by Alan Preliasco
                                    Marlborough, MA
  

This picture was taken in 1947 at Hilltop Speedway, Myerstown PA. The driver is Eddy Roberts, who was 18 years old at the time.

 Alan Preliasco and Eddy Roberts at the 2008 NHMS Vintage Celebration.
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I had the midget in the pit garage at the NHMS Vintage Celebration in 2008.  Just by coincidence, Eddy Roberts and his wife were in attendance. This is Eddy in the car 60 years after the original picture was taken! 
We found a racing suit that fit him, and he drove exhibition laps around the Speedway. His wife said that she made him quit racing because she felt it was too dangerous.  How true!