Bogan Racers


This documentary is written as a tribute to my father and mother, Bob & Norma Bogan,
and to highlight the impact of their lives and contribution to the sport of Open Wheel racing.

It includes photos taken by many of the photographers that graced the various tracks
over the 40 plus years my father participated in auto racing. Regrettably, photo credit
cannot always be provided due to missing information, but they are appreciated and
recognized as valuable contributions to this document.

Many thanks go to family and friends as they help me round out the accounts of events
and make sure they're in chronological order.

Note, please, because this is a narrative, the comments precede the photos about which they speak.

A business card Dad had made.
Note: They moved from this location in the early '90's.
Business Card for NMRA

Photo:Bob, Robby Flock, Norma at a 1986 Awards banquet.
Bob, Robby Flock, Norma


Robert (Bob) Bogan, my father, had a serious hobby in automotive racing. Born and raised
in Indiana, which may go a long way toward explaining his interest in all sports, it was
the proximity to the Indianapolis 500 that, no doubt, fueled his dreams about racing.

During his racing "career"he participated in various levels of racing starting with full
Midgets, Indy cars, Sprint cars, Three Quarter midgets (TQs), full Midgets again, and
eventually he worked restoring vintage midget race cars.

In 1944 he married Norma and together, over the following 10 years, they had five
children, 2 girls and 3 boys.

During the early racing years, from spring to fall, the family would be at the race track
each weekend watching the action and visiting with friends. Norma would take steno pads
for recording qualifying times and race results for each event. Those steno pads came in
real handy in the years that followed, when Dad and friends "bench-raced,"
dredging up the stories of races and results. Mom's racing records were the means for
resolving debates and errors about the results. Her effort and dedication are not to be

Before we start down this journey, allow me one observation: As you look at these photos
you will see how Dad went from being an owner to a builder who constantly refined his craft.
At the end of his building career he produced some of the most beautifully proportioned cars.
He was, indeed, a true craftsman who made his contribution to the sport he loved.
You could say he was a fan.

Now, on to the show!!

As Children

Racing was what we knew from childhood until we left home to be on our own. These shots are
from around 1952/3 in Grants Pass, Oregon. There were only we three older children at that
time - Linda, Beverly, and I.
Grants Pass 1952-3

Grants Pass 1952-3

We were fortunate, in a small way, to enjoy the thrill of driving a race car. Dad built a quarter
midget for us to enjoy. We would take it to a nearby elementary school and drive it on the playground.
In the street, Pop would ride on the rear bumper guiding one of us to the school (1/8th mile maybe)
and would let us drive the car on the dirt playground.
Photo: Left to Right - Bill (seated), daughter of Donnie and Lorraine Hood, Linda, Beverly

The car had a throttle and a hand brake. I recall one time, driving it back from the school with Dad
riding on the bumper. As we were turning onto our street he told me to hit the gas, I guess I was going
too slowly for his taste. I did, and he was immediately thrown off the rear bumper. He had to run to
catch up with me.
Photo: Linda getting her turn at the wheel.

The Midget Years

Dad was involved in racing before any of us children came along. Some of the earliest photos date back
to the late 1940's and early 1950's. Bob was primarily an owner/mechanic on the midgets, and finally, at age 54,
he managed to become a driver too. However before we get to that... let's roll back the calendar and explain how
things progressed.

During the 40's and early 50's Bob could be found at the race tracks of southern Oregon - Grants Pass
(Caveman Speed Bowl) and Roseburg.
Caveman Speed Bowl

I only remember one story about those years, it involved Donnie Hood and his racing technique. During a
race Donnie would pull along the outside of another race car, so the other driver would see the nose of
his car, sometimes this would result in the competing driver letting himself drift higher in the turn
"making his car wide" Dad would say. Then, going into the turn, Donnie would tap the brakes and as his
competitor drifted up in the turn, he'd turn left and drop in below the other car, making a clean pass.
Here are some pictures of Donnie in action. I believe it was here, in Oregon, that Dad first met and
became friends with Bob Christie. Bob (Christie) went on to drive at Indy.

In the early sixties, Bob's son Sam drove down to La Puente, CA to visit. He hung around awhile working in
Dad's auto repair shop. He told me stories of the teens who would drag race in Grants Pass. Cool stuff for
this wide-eyed 11-12 year old who parked cars and cleaned stalls at his dad's shop.
Photo: Donnie hood at Caveman Speed Bowl.
Donnie Hood at Caveman Speed Bowl

Initially, Dad bought midgets and began running them while in Oregon. Here's one circa 1949.
Photo: Donnie Hood in the Bob Bogan midget.
Donnie racing

It was about 1954 when the family moved to southern California. It was there, for the next 35 years that
Bob would participate in racing at the various tracks around southern and central California and Arizona.
Photo: Western Speedway, circa late 1950's, early 1960's - from the left, Wayne, Hal Asher, Bob Bogan,
Hal Minyard, and Buddy Lee.

In 1958 a race was run at Riverside Raceway (California, USA) which is a road course, something very
different from the normal left turn only oval track racing. Here are a three photos from that weekend of
Photo: The Bogan car is the one with the 'B' in the grille.
Riverside Raceway

One anecdotal story I remember from that event was when one of the racers who'd been chiding another
stepped into a porta-potty to take care of business, the other guy began rocking the building for him.
That's when the shouting and laughter started.
Riverside Raceway

That weekend, Buddy Lee was the chauffeur (a term Dad used to refer to the driver). Everything in this photo
is now considered vintage. :)
Riverside Raceway

One of the tracks we frequented in the 50's/60's was Western Speedway in Gardena, CA. Here's a picture of
Buddy in the pits.
Buddy Lee

As I recall, Bill (Henning) worked for awhile with Dad at our auto repair shop. Bill was a really nice guy.
He was able to team with Dad in 1962 for the big event (Indy), as you'll see a little later.
Photo: 1961 Ascot Race Track - Bob (standing) and Jim Steele seated in Bill Henning's race car which
Bob helped with.

Racing Down Under

During the midget years, Bob built and painted a midget that would be shipped to race in Australia. The car
had a candy apple red nose highlight, pearl white body, and candy blue highlight on the tail and featured
the number 1 over the American flag.
Photo: Bob sitting on LR tire of the car before it left for Australia.

I don't know who did the lettering back then, but I do remember being around while Dad painted the pearl,
then taped the parts for the highlight colors, painted, and then finish sanded and so on. He always did his
own work, fabricating, straightening, painting, etc. Many times I held the starting end of a tape measure,
squaring up a chassis, and so on. He was a real craftsman and proud of it.

The car was shipped to Australia and ran there for a month or so. As you can see on the side, Lowell Sachs
was the driver. All I ever knew was that the car was sold there. That is, until Bob Ottoway saw this article
and reached out to me. What follows is pretty cool stuff - "the rest of the story" on that car.

The following information was referenced from an online discussion board.

There is actually a little confusion about the early history of this car, but we do know the history from
Bob Bogan, although exactly when he bought it and who else drove it for him is unclear as he was running
a number of cars in California at this time.

Whatever the confusion of the cars USA racing history we do know the car was purchased from the USA in
1962 by Barry Handlin from Bob Bogan who had Lowell Sachs race the car in NZ as #1USA. Lowell Sachs
finished 2nd in the NZ Midget Champs behind Ross Goonan. The car was painted Pearl White with a
Candy Apple Red nose, and Candy Apple Blue flash on the tail.

Photo:Lowell Sachs after a race "down-under".

Barry then raced the car for the remainder of the NZ season in the #1USA colours. For the 1963/64 season
Barry had the car painted in his usual red and white livery as #44. Bob Tattersall drove the car once in V8-60
form when he borrowed the car for the Feature at Western Springs when his own Offy car gave trouble.
Bob won.

Photo: Barry Handlin with the No 1 car.

Photo: Another shot of Barry in the No 1 car.

Photo: Barry Handlin after the car had a number change to 27.

The car was sold to Merv Neil for 1964/65 and initially still raced with the Ford V860. When Bob Tattersall
arrived shortly before Christmas 1964 he bought an Offy engine for Merv Neil to replace the V8. The car was
raced in NZ and Australia in 1964/65 in Rothmans Red and Gold and then Blue and Gold colours. It was also
driven by Aussie Jeff Freeman for one meeting at Western Springs.

The Fusssell & Cartwright Offy

Formally the Arle Armstrong owned car (possibly) that was driven for this car owner by Dickie Ferguson and
then sold to Doug Carruthers and driven by Billy Cantrell, George Amick, Jimmy Bryan, and Don Cameron.
Then car was then purchased by Bob Bogan and in 1962 was painted up in the USA colors for a NZ trip to be
driven by Lowell Sachs. It is possible that Barry Handlin had actually purchased the car from Bob Bogan prior
to the down under trip. After Lowell Sachs had driven the car Barry Handlin took over the driving, it then went
to Merv Neil.
The V8-60 was converted to Offy power by Merv Neil and sold to Fussell & Cartwright in 1965. It was raced for
F&C by Barry Butterworth 1965-66, Ian Holden 1966-68, and Trevor Morris 1968-72. The car repowered with
a Chevy II engine was then sold to Brian Tracey and driven by Brian and John Stanley before it was bought by
Barry Sargent.
Its next owner in 1978 was Owen Shaw for his first midget season at Western Springs, the car then went to
Invercargill to be raced by Dave Burns until 1980. John Stanley then rescued the car and started on the long
road to gathering up all the right parts for a restoration back to its early F&C state. The car is now owned
by the Drinkrow family in Auckland.

Barry Buttorworth, Fussell & Cartwright Offy

End of the online discussion thread.

It just keeps getting better - more news from Australia!!

Around April 2007, through a series of coincidences, I came in contact with Brian Darby and Bob Ottaway of
Australia. I learned that this car was purchased by Barry Handlin who later sold the car and then moved to US
to live and race.
Photo: Foreground, the car when owned and driven by Merv Neill. Bob Tattersall in background.

After that, Merv Neill drove the car during the time of his ownership. The car has had a wonderful history
in Auckland NZ, and also ran in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia.

Some of NZs most successful drivers won running this car with an Offy engine. Drivers such as Ian holden,
Barry Butterworth, Trevor Morris, and John Stanley all enjoyed great success with the car, running as NZ 7,
Fussell & Cartwright Offy.
The car was fully restored by John Stanley, and now sits in a collectors museum in Auckland.
Many thanks to Bob Ottaway of Australia, for taking the initiative to reach out and provide this information.
A very special thanks Bob!

If you're interested in midget history in Australia, Brian Darby has a couple links you're sure to enjoy. and
Great stuff! Thanks Brian!

Another acquaintance from Australia, Dick Haynes, emailed me with additional information. It can be found
in the following links. You will see, among other things, the car that was sold into Australia as driven by
Barry Butterworth. These are some pretty cool links. There was even a fan-riot one evening when things
got hot between Barry and Bon Tattersall. It makes for interesting reading.
Restored Fussell car... , Mid 1960's midgets... and The Kiwis...
Many thanks Dick H.!!

Just to satisfy my curiosity, I edited the still shots, removing the background and did a closer examination
of the photos. In my mind there is no question these are the same - nerf bars, louvers, grille, pushbar, roll
bar, and even the upholstery all look the same. I remember the grille very well - cleaned it a few times in
my youth.

I had to reverse the image of the Rothman version for a better comparison. So that part is a reverse image.
This was a really exciting discovery for me. I am very appreciative of Bob O's efforts to locate these photos.
I checked with Linda (my sister) and she remembers Dad expecting to sell the car in Australia and not ship it
back to the states. So, between the photos and memories of all involved, I think we now know much of the history
of this car. Very cool.

Back Stateside

Here are some more photos of action in the late 50's up to the mid-60's at various venues.
Photo: The famed Ascot Race track.

These next two photos look like they're from the same night, perhaps even the same race.
Photo: Jim Steele - maybe, Bogan No. 123 - Balboa Stadium, San Diego, CA, USA.
Balboa Stadium

In this photo, something about the way the driver looks in the 19 car makes me think of Allen Heath.
I think it has to do with the helmet and the positioning in the car.
Photo: Jim Steele - maybe, Bogan No. 123 - Balboa Stadium, San Diego, CA, USA.
Balboa Stadium

Photo: Gary Hill (?), Bogan No. 23 ('B' in the bumper) - Barstow race track
Barstow race track

This shot shows one of those things you notice when watching midgets, especially the older ones - the left
front tire is off the ground and has essentially stopped spinning with brake application. After the weight evens
out the tire drops back to the track and rolling again. I remember when some of the cars would really hike
the tire up, as if the higher you went the faster you'd go. I suppose that could be interpretted as torque.
I asked Dad about it once, his motto was "the more tires on the ground, the better your driving."
Photo: Gary Hill, Bogan No 8. at Ascot Race Track
Ascot race track

Some of the races involved road trips, like this one at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo: L-R: No. 20, 'B' grille Gary Hill (Bogan Midget), 3rd Car - 'H' Grille - Manzanita Speedway
Manzanita Speedway

Dad was always willing to help his friends when their cars got the worst end of the deal. This was Bill
Hennings car, as I recall. As you'll see in the next few shots, it lost the battle with the fence.
Here's the BEFORE shot.

After the race that night, the left radius rod, hood, and nose all needed work.

And the front bumper, front axle, and probably the frame.

Right radius rod was sheared at the axle and the rim is shot. The rims were real magnesium. I remember one
winter night, out in the garage, Dad was heating the place with racing fuel. He'd pour it in a film pan on
the floor and light it up. As a child, if you couldn't see the flame, then you wouldn't know there was fire.
So, Dad showed me by taking a few magnesium shavings and dropping them into the pan. They caught fire
on the way down into the pan. That simple illustration left a lasting memory, now more than 50 years later.

The Indianapolis 500 - the big race

Bob's success in auto racing was not limited to the west coast. In 1961 he was a pit crew member for the
Kelso Indy roadster. It was a black, low slung number because the Offy was laid on its side.
This looks like the Kelso car, but the date says Jun 62. Perhaps the film wasn't developed until then.

The car had problems throughout May. As it turned out there was faulty tubing in it and the loss of multiple
engines was too much for the car owner. As you can see from the photo, it broke in a big expensive way.
They didn't make the show and the car was withdrawn from qualifying. I was told the owner parked it in his yard
and planted flowers in it.

The following year, 1962, Bob was Crew Chief on the Ray Crawford roadster. This time things went well
and they qualified to run in the race. The driver was Bob Vieth. Dad's good friend Edgar Elder was the
designer and builder of the race car. I remember times when Edgar and wife would come over and play
pinnocle with my parents. Lots of conversation mixed with razzing (sarcasm meant as humor).
Photo: Close up on Bob Vieth

From left to right: unknown, unknown, Bob Bogan, Bob Veith (driver), Bill Henning, and unknown.

Here's Mrs. Ray Crawford's practice and qualifying credentials from 1962.Not sure how we wound up with them.
Perhaps they were loaned to my Mom so she could get in one day to watch practice/qualifying.

In 1993, Dad became a member of the Indianapolis "500" Oldtimers Club.

After 1962, Bob (Bogan) would never return as a participant in the Indy 500. Instead, he turned his attention
back to his racing roots, dirt track racing, both midget and TQ's. It was at this time that Bob began to help
revolutionize racing on the west coast. How so?

Technological Turning Point

Bob went to work, for awhile, for Ron Ward brother of famed Indy driver Roger Ward building sprint
cars. What he learned there about chassis design would soon make its way into midget racing. The
technology that was improving Sprint Car handling and performance, Bob realized, could be applied
to full midgets with the same result. The technology was commonly known as 4-bar suspension - two
torsion bars at the front and two at the rear of the chassis, or cross-torsion. If I understand it the setup
transfers the weight of the car to the chassis applying down force to all four corners. From my
experience, one of the great features of this chassis was that the car would not spin out as easily.
The chassis "worked" better in the corners and as a result, even when "crossed up" pretty hard,
it would still allow recovery.

In 1964, Bob scaled the technology to use in midgets and built the first 4-bar midget on the West Coast.
At the same time Don Edmunds, famed chassis builder, was developing the same technology for
midgets in the Midwest. I always thought this was one of Dad's special builds. It was painted white
with red highlights. The numbers were plate steel painted gold and fastened to the tail. If I remember
correctly, the rims were gold as well. It was a pretty car.
Photo: Bob (standing) and the talented Mike Mosley who went on to drive at Indy

The TQ Years - Three Quarter Midgets - 1966

As technology changed so did the face of racing. More money began to flow into the sport, sponsorship
and so on. To be competitive became expensive for a man with a wife and four children. Bob began seeking
a more affordable form of open wheel racing. The answer came in the form of TQ racing. To get started,
Bob bought an existing car with a Crosley 4 cylinder engine. That car is second from the left or behind the
46 car.
Photo: 1966 Orange County Speedway, El Toro, CA, USA
1966 Orange County Speedway, CA, USA

Bob arranged for a very talented Jimmy Caruthers to drive the car.
Photo: ?, Jimmy Caruthers, ?, Bob, Doug Caruthers, young boy, me (checkered shirt), ?
Jimmy Caruthers

In 1964/5 an opportunity to build a new TQ arose. Bob saw the opportunity to once again scale the
4-bar technology, this time to 3/4 midget size.
Photo: Bob sitting in his new 4-bar TQ
Higgs and Stoll TQ

This was a pretty rewarding build, the first of many to come. What's more, he either had it sold
or it had been commissioned. Either way, it was not staying around long.
Photo: Bob showing Rob (standing) and Rick the new car - where's the push truck?
Higgs and Stoll TQ

This was an interesting time as somehow Rod and Custom Magazine became interested in the car. Thus,
in November 1965 the following article came out and was the center-page of the magazine.
Rod & Custom, Nov. 1965

Read the article here - Rod & Custom, Nov 1965
Rod & Custom, Nov. 1965

Jimmy Caruthers was the next to pilot one of Dad's cars. He had driven the first TQ Dad bought. So,
after the Briggs build, Dad built his own TQ and Jimmy drove it. Doug (Jimmy's dad) sponsored it.
TQ for Jimmy Caruthers

It was around 1967 or 1968 when Dad and Gary Hill did there last season together. Gary had come to
the TQs and did a great job of driving the car. But, as often happens, there were differences of opinions
and they opted to part ways. Two strong opinions don't often mix well.
Photo: Gary Hill in his last season driving for Dad
1968 - Orange County Speedway, El Toro, CA

Another shot of Gary's last season with Dad.
1968 - Orange County Speedway, El Toro, CA

Racing was definitely a family affair. As children our summers were spent going to race tracks in Southern
California on Saturday nights, Western Speedway, Gardena Speedway, Ascot, Corona, Orange Show Stadium
(San Bernardino), Oildale (Bakersfield), Kearney Bowl (Fresno), El Centro, El Toro, and several others
over the years. We even ran indoors at The Forum in Los Angeles and the Anaheim Convention Center.
During the 70's and 80's, Bob even towed cars to run in the Indiana fairground circuits during the summer.
Photo: Gary Hill in the No. 4 Gold car at Anaheim Convention Center. That's Bob McCaw pointing in
the other direction.
Racing Indoors

As you can tell by some of those earlier photos, the TQs had a pretty "old school" look to them. Bob's new
car drew a lot of attention and some interested buyers as well. The racing organization that benefited from
this new racer was NMRA, a racing association in Southern California.
Bob built and ran some 20 or so TQ's during those years.
Photo: Eight cars built by Bob, competing the same night at South Gate Speedway. A testimony for
enduring design. The first on the left was the one I drove. The third from the left was the build prior to mine.

With all of this racing history it was no surprise that some of the children participated in racing too.Linda,
the oldest child, has been a faithful follower of auto racing for decades. Lin recalls the early days in Oregon
when Dad would prepare the race car, then test it at a local track.
"I can remember his taking newly built cars to the track in Grants Pass and running them to verify everything
was correct. My treat was to sit on his lap for a lap or two around the track after the test sessions."

Unfortunately, in those days women were not allowed to be in the pits, let alone be drivers. Otherwise, Linda's
name might be listed as a driver too! Dad's race cars were reputed for their mechanical soundness. No one ever
had to worry about something "falling" off due to negligence; he double checked everything before a race.

Right after Dad sold the winter '68 build car, I told him I wanted to drive. So, we quickly embarked on another
build so that I could compete during the 1969 season. Thus, the privilege to be the first of the Bogan children
to pilot a Bogan Racer fell to me, the oldest son. From 1968 to 1972, with some time out for military service,
I drove for Dad.

I still think that Dad's cars had some of the nicest lines, body style, I've seen in racing.
Photo: No. 31, Bill age 18, at South Gate race track.

Two memorable experiences came while racing at South Gate raceway. The first was a heat race, 8 laps, where I
started on the pole and Frank Tifft started outside on the front row. Frank had one of my Dad's cars sporting a
Honda engine in it. Frank worked for a Honda dealer at the time. We were still running the Fiat engine. The green
flag dropped and it was wheel-to-wheel for 8 laps. Never once did we bump each other. Frank's car was performing
better than mine because he stayed beside me (on the outside) the entire 8 laps. Frank pulled me coming out of
the fourth turn on lap 8 and took the win by a nose. It was then that Dad realized he needed to take a more serious
look at using motorcycle engines in the future.

The second memorable experience was a main event my rookie year (left) Dean had been having a really hard time
trying to pass me because Dad had told me to stay low and not let anyone under me, so I did. Dean persisted in
trying to pass underneath. It was on the lap, following the picture above, that Dean's pit crew spotted the tire
and told the starter about the flat and, rightfully, I was black flagged. This a tribute to how well Dad's chassis'
worked. I didn't know I had a flat because the weight was shifting to the right rear in the corners. I was being
passed, but not dramatically, so I never noticed what was wrong.
Photo: Bill Bogan (31, left), Rick Goudy (center), and Dean Thompson (9)

Images from the 1970's

From 1970-71, perhaps a Fiat powered car. This is the car I came home from Texas to drive one weekend.
I needed to go racing. I was going through AIT (Advanced Individual Training) to be an Army combat medic.

As you can see in this picture, the rules still demanded 8" (I think) rims on the rear. I was happy to
see them go to 13 inches not much later. That really made the cars look good and probably run better.
More surface area to apply to the race track.
Photo: El Toro Race Track

Photo: Jim Fawcett (left) getting some close quarters action.

Jim Fawcett (left), No. 19 has Bakersfield across the nose, so this may have been a race in Santa Maria or
some other venue up that way.

This looks like it might be from El Toro, and Rob (Bogan) driving.
The caption on the back of the photo said Bogan and Uodder.

TQ's at Ascot. Looks like it might be my brother Rob driving, he'd have been 20 years old by then.

Speedway 605, also known as Irwindale Speedway.They ran the small track, I think it was 1/3 mile.

Bob Shuman (?), Jack Walker, Bob and Rob Bogan, at Speedway 605 (?).

This car was for the 1978 season, I believe. It was sponsored by Durfee Auto, Jim Steele's business.
I never got why the number was painted backwards on the right side.

The pair that ran in 1979.

I'm not sure when Ventura first came to be, but it opened up the opportunity for another racing venue
and that was a good thing. This was Ventura in 1979.

Jack Walker, in No 1 car, at Ventura in 1979.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's Danny McKnight began driving Dad's cars. "Smooth as silk, he could
slide through a hole barely wide enough for a car.", Dad used to say.

Danny was not short, somewhere around 6'2"-6'3", and you can see that almost needed a shoehorn to put
him in the car.

In spite of the close quarters in the car, Danny was quite successful.

I am not sure when Rob, my next younger sibling, started driving for Dad, I'd guess around 18, which would
have been 1974. I need to check with him to see and get my facts straight.

This one looks like Speedway 605.

This shot looks to be around the mid 70's.

Rob Bogan at Ventura Raceway

Rob Bogan at Ventura Raceway

Rob Bogan at Ventura Raceway

Shameless plug: John Carroll (essentially part of the family) not only drove TQs for awhile,
but supported racing by purchasing advertising space on a billboard. John's a big racing fan.

The year following Rob's rookie year, Rick (the last of the bunch) got his spot too.
Pop took to running two cars for awhile.

Here's the pair parked in the yard at home.

Images from the 1980's

Danny McKnight, Ascot Race track, 1980.

I also notice at least one slight design change, in the cage. The rear bracket has moved to the front
side of the upright. A little later, he would add another at the top as well as you can see on the
car PJ Jones ran.

Danny McKnight did more than drive TQ's, he went on to drive midgets too.

It looks as though this car may have had a little (very little) extra room designed into it.
It was tight for me at only 6'0", much more so for Danny and other tall guys.
This was probably among the last "Bar" cars Dad built.

During the '80's when Robby Flock was driving for him, they raced for a few weeks in the midwest.
Bob posing with his "Coil" car. No more torsion bars, big coil shocks instead.

1981 Rushville Indiana, UMRA race. Looks like Robby wins the dash.

Bob and PJ Jones, on a California track.

The car PJ drove.

Another couple of shots of the car driven by PJ Jones.

PJ Jones driving at what looks to be Ascot track.

Another shot of PJ Jones, nice angle.

There's the No.9, No.14 (background), and No.38 putting on a show.

Where it all happened: A look in the backyard

Working on the car. He had gotten a Kawasaki engine for it.

This car was from a 1989 build. These shots are how the cars looked before he painted them.
As you can see here, later models incorporated the cage built right into the chassis and not
bolted to the sides of it, much stronger.

Midget builds from later in his career

As you may realize by now, Bob was not shy about trying new things when it came to racing. He always
participated with the desire to win. If that meant he needed to improve something, then he looked for ways
to get more speed, better handling, and so on.

One of the tasks he was asked to perform was to put a Corvair (6 cyl. 180 degree opposed) engine into
a full midget. Bob built the chassis and fit the engine into it. One of the fascinating things about
the engine Dad told me was that the crankshaft turned backwards from its normal direction. The result
was that the engine torque helped force the left front wheel down onto the track thereby improving handling.

Cosworth powered full midget for Robby Flock.

Many people, famous and not so famous, have driven Bogan Race cars at one time or another. The following
is an alphabetical list of some of those who have and the associations they were linked to.
Note: Most of these drivers were also considered friends by Bob. There are a couple who are noted as close
friends because Bob held their friendship as dear to him for many years, this status is not meant to offend
any of the others who were also friends, but not mentioned here. If a name is missing it is because I have
incomplete or incorrect records available. Please, feel free to email me with corrections.

DRIVERS - CHAUFFEURS (as Dad sometimes referred to them)

Dick Barringer (aka Dick Barry) - URA
(No Photo)

Bob Bogan (Owner/Driver (Rookie photo) 1976)

One of the highlights of Bob's racing career was the year he drove the cars himself. And so, at age 54,
Bob began his rookie driver year. Bob Bogan, Trophy girl, Terry Marshall, Bob Shoeman (flagman)

Rob Bogan (2nd son, driver)- NMRA, USRC

Rick Bogan (3rd son, driver)- NMRA
(No Photo)

Bill Bogan (1st son, driver)- NMRA
I left for the army in Nov. 1969. During the following spring while training as a medic in San Antonio,
I flew home one weekend in order to drive the race car and visit with the family. The driver that season
was kind enough to step aside for one race and let me do this. This photo was taken in the pits one weekend
in 1970. Looks like it was South Gate Raceway.

Jimmy Caruthers (considered by Bob to be the best to ever drive for him - deceased) NMRA, USAC
Jimmy Caruthers - 1966 El Toro Speedway

Tommy Copp - USAC
(No Photo)

Jim Devitt (friend, drove Bill Henning's car, survived by his wife and sons)- URA
I like this photo of Jim because it's how I remember him - happy and full of life.
Jim Devitt

Jim Fawcett (very talented driver)- NMRA, USRC
Jim Fawcett

Robby Flock (excellent driver, went on to midgets and sprints) - NMRA, USAC

Gary Hill(driver and friend) - NMRA, URA, USAC, CRA

Donnie Henderson - NMRA
(No Photo)

Donnie Hood (driver and friend)
Donnie Hood

PJ Jones (son of Parnelli)- NMRA

Page Jones (son of Parnelli)- NMRA, no photo of page, but here's the car.

Buddy Lee - USAC
Buddy Lee

Bob McCaw - NMRA
(No Photo)

Danny McKnight (could thread a car though any hole)- TQs, midgets, and sprint cars.

Hal Minyard (close family friend and driver)- AAA, URA, USAC, CRA. Late in life,
Hal lived next to Indianapolis Speedway where he worked for many years. (Deceased)
Hal Minyard

Tom Morrow - BCRA

Mike Mosely (went on to race at Indy - deceased)- NMRA, URA, USAC.
Mike Mosely

Tony Simon - NMRA, USRC, USAC, CRA
(No Photo)

Don Staudinger - URA, USRC

Jim Steele (close family friend and driver - deceased) - URA, CRA
Jim and wife Bev at an NMRA awards banquet. They are survived by their daughters, Nancy, Judy, and Theresa. Jim and Bev Steele at awards banquet

Bob Veith (1962 Indianapolis) - BCRA, USAC
Bob Veith

Jack Walker - NMRA

Fond Memories and Anecdotes

Bob McCaw thought the rear end had locked up on Dad's car and was told to take his foot off the brake
and that would solve the problem. McCaw said he'd never driven a car with such good brakes on it.
Reliable equipment another must in Dad's mind - driver safety was of paramount concern for him.
-Linda (Bogan) Blackie

I remember one evening at South Gate race track, my rookie year, in a heat race, I was trying to pass
Bob (McCaw) on the outside coming out of turn four. He drifted up and hit my left front wheel with
his right nerf bar forcing me up into the wall. The car started to climb, but I was able to right the car
before anything serious happened. Bob knew how to make the track narrow, and I mean that with the
greatest respect one can have. - Bill Bogan

Legends of Ascot

LoA 2005 - A Special Event

In 2004 and 2005, Linda (my sister), invited me to attend the Legends of Ascot event
along with her, my brother Rick, John Carroll (considered part of the family), and long time
family friend and racing fan Kenny Hamblin. I'll be back in 2006. It's a fun event topped by
an evening at the Sprint races. In 2005 two who drove for Bob (Bogan) were honored for their
contributions to racing - Danny McKnight and Hal Minyard.

Hal was unable to make the trip from Indianapolis and so his daughters,Michelle and Chrisie,
were there to represent him.

Here's Danny (McKnight) being honored for his contributions to oval track racing at the 2005
Legends of Ascot event.

Follow this link to photos of cars displayed at the 2004 Legends of Ascot event.

TQ Action Photos

South Gate Raceway

Parade lap, lining up for the race to start.

Mike Shaw (32) and Bill Bogan (31), like many, Mike went on to drive Sprint cars.

Bill Bogan (31) and Dean Thompson (9)

Bill Bogan (31), No Name (74)

As you can see, in the first year I wore a scarf over my face. Eventually, I got a leather
face mask and it was a good thing because when we ran El Toro a rock kicked up and hit me
in the left cheekbone. Thanks to that face mask there is no evidence of the event.

Dave Fender (8) - one of Dad's builds, and Bill Bogan (31)

South Gate Raceway - Donnie Henderson (31) I believe.

South Gate Raceway - Donnie Henderson (31) and Kenny Gidney (58).

South Gate Raceway - Donnie Henderson (31) and Kenny Gidney (58).

1970 South Gate Raceway - Donnie Henderson (31) and Frank Tifft(?) (26). The car looks like one Dad built.

Tracks where we used to run....

Midgets: Ascot, Oildale (Bakersfield), Kearney Bowl (Fresno), Santa Maria, Atascadero, Saugus, Corona,
Orange Show Speedway (San Bernardino), Balboa Stadium (San Diego), Manzanita (Phoenix),
El Centro, Irwindale Speedway,

TQ's: South Gate, El Toro, Ventura, Carson City, The Forum ( that's right, indoors where the Lakers
played basketball), Anaheim Convention Center (indoors)

Author's Note: Feel free to email me if you have a story, photo, or experience related to Bogan racers
you would like to contribute. You will get credit for your contribution.

Finally.... I'm also working on a small project. I want to model (with CAD software) one of the later
TQ's dad built. The image below shows what I've done so far. The project has stalled a little; no time.
I've taken a little liberty with the tire sizes, looks better.

I bought a scale model of a 750CC Honda but have to get it into digital format. Plenty of work involved.

Thanks for taking the time to read our story. I hoped you enjoyed the trip. Feel free to drop me a line.

Bill Bogan