Thanks to the efforts of the Bonadies and Albert families, the beautifully restored “Konstant Hot” Kurtis Kraft roadster midget wheeled by such racing royalty as Tony Bettenhausen, Eddie Sachs, Shorty Templeman, Russ Klar and Tony Bonadies will be on display at Lost Speedways 2021 at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
Set for its traditional “Saturday after Thanksgiving” date again after a year’s hiatus due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the program will feature presentations on the old Rhinebeck Speedway, the “Wall of Death” motorcycles long seen at fairs and carnivals, unusual racing photos and the story behind them and the late DIRT modified legend “Jumpin’ Jack” Johnson. The Johnson segment will feature interviews with relatives and friends of the Fonda Speedway king and a video interview with his son, Ronnie, a great driver in his own right.
The Bonadies midget, rescued from decades of neglect in an old barn, looks like new again. One of just ten built by midget master Kurtis, the scaled down Indy roadster was driven to victory lane by a number of stars of the sport. It finally ended up in the hands of eastern midget racing kingpin Bonadies, who continued the winning tradition until his untimely passing in a crash at Williams Grove.
“We’re delighted that the owners have agreed to loan us the Offy powered midget through the winter, so those who cannot attend Lost Speedways can see it at their convenience,” said event organizer and Racing in New York exhibit curator Ron Hedger. “But Lost Speedways is a ‘gathering of the clan’ and the perfect time to see the car, old friends, driving stars of the past and some great presentations.”
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, just off Exit 13N of I-87, the Adirondack Northway. Doors for the event will open at 10 am, with memorabilia on display at 11 am and the presentations starting at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be available onsite. Admission is free to museum members, while others can purchase tickets either online at saratogaautomusem.org or at the door.
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