COLLECTION HIGHLIGHT: ART POLLARD SCRAPBOOKS
Archive Volunteer, Au Nguyen
The World of Speed Archive just digitized two scrapbooks belonging to racer Art Pollard of Medford, OR. A true local hero, Art went from racing midgets and modified stock cars in the Pacific Northwest, to Indy cars in USAC, the pinnacle of American automobile racing. At his prime, Art was wheel-to-wheel with Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt and the Unsers.
These newspaper clippings and racing memorabilia are a window into Art’s rewarding and varied career. Yellowed newsprint runs the gamut from victories at venues like Tacoma Raceways and Roseburg Speedway, to stories of triumph and heartache at the Indy 500.
The highs and lows of racing are still visceral from these headlines, in spite of the half-century that has gone by:
Souvenirs include stacks of “good luck” telegrams from the folks back home, and a program booklet for the Victory Banquet in Indianapolis.
“Indianapolis Motor Speedway Garage 33 Indpls. Your many friends in Roseburg wish you and your crew the best of luck for a grand ride on your big day. Just turn left and go, man, go.”
This material gives you just a taste of the challenges that Art had to face, and the thrills that he no doubt enjoyed.