Collection Highlight: The Scrapbooks of John Fuez, Indy race car fabricator and mechanic
Before passing away in Summer 2017, John Fuez stopped by World of Speed to donate his scrapbooks and share stories from his time working on race cars for Rolla Vollstedt and others. Archive volunteer Steve Diez shares some highlights from his earliest scrapbook. We are thankful for him trusting in us to care and share his story through the scrapbooks,trophies and other objects. Below you will find images highlighted from his bound scrapbook as well as complete flipbooks of all three of the scrapbooks donated.
The hardbound scrapbook from the John Fuez Scrapbook Collection primarily contains newspaper articles and photographs from a period covering 1964 to 1966. The images and clippings detail the efforts of Rolla Vollstedt, Len Sutton, and Billy Foster to develop and race cars at the Indianapolis 500. Rolla Vollstedt, a Portland lumber executive and car owner, designer, and builder, and Len Sutton, a veteran driver of numerous Indy 500 races, are the focus of most of the materials which cover a transitional and innovative time when rear engine cars were coming into vogue along with major changes in body styles and suspension packages. A. J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Jimmy Clark, Roger Ward, Bobby Unser, and Graham Hill were just a few of the famed drivers who were approaching average speeds of 170 mph on the raceway. The articles discuss both the triumphs and tragedies of the Indianapolis 500 participants and provide a real look into three years that were pivotal for the race.
Besides his clippings scrapbook, Fuez put together two binders of photos that spanned a wider timeline filled with photos, racing papers and other items relating to Indy car racing.
The last of Fuez's three scrapbooks