Collection Highlight: John Fuez Scrapbooks

Collection Highlight: The Scrapbooks of John Feuz, Indy race car fabricator and mechanic

Before passing away in Summer 2017, John Feuz 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 Feuz 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.

 

Len Sutton and Rolla Vollstedt with the No. 66 Bryant Heating and Cooling Special in 1964.  Vollstedt introduced one of the first rear engine cars to race at the Indianapolis 500 which also used torsion bars instead of coil springs and an Offenhauser engine.  The No. 66 would finish in 15th place.  

Len Sutton and Rolla Vollstedt with the No. 66 Bryant Heating and Cooling Special in 1964.  Vollstedt introduced one of the first rear engine cars to race at the Indianapolis 500 which also used torsion bars instead of coil springs and an Offenhauser engine.  The No. 66 would finish in 15th place.

 

1964 Indianapolis 500 Victory Banquet program cover  

1964 Indianapolis 500 Victory Banquet program cover

 

In 1964 Len Sutton beat Eddie Sachs onto the track as the first car to practice  

In 1964 Len Sutton beat Eddie Sachs onto the track as the first car to practice

 

Len Sutton helping to advertise Kroger Homogenized milk  

Len Sutton helping to advertise Kroger Homogenized milk

 

Billy Foster drove Rolla Vollstedt’s No. 27 during the 1964 Indy 500.  Foster lost his life in 1967 when his Dodge Charger crashed during practice for the USAC Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California  

Billy Foster drove Rolla Vollstedt’s No. 27 during the 1964 Indy 500.  Foster lost his life in 1967 when his Dodge Charger crashed during practice for the USAC Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California

 

Rolla Vollstedt earned a whopping $6,450 before taxes for his 15th place finish in 1964  

Rolla Vollstedt earned a whopping $6,450 before taxes for his 15th place finish in 1964

 

Letter from the “500” Festival Association notifying Vollstedt that he is to receive the 1965 Festival Racing Award for his performance as a builder  

Letter from the “500” Festival Association notifying Vollstedt that he is to receive the 1965 Festival Racing Award for his performance as a builder

 

Vollstedt qualified two cars in the 1966 Indy 500 race including No. 27 driven by Billy Foster and No. 66 driven by Cale Yarborough  

Vollstedt qualified two cars in the 1966 Indy 500 race including No. 27 driven by Billy Foster and No. 66 driven by Cale Yarborough

 

 

Besides his clippings scrapbook, Feuz 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 Feuz's three scrapbooks

 

 

For more digitized scrapbooks, check out our growing list of digital flipbooks. Our collection catalog also has a number of items connected to Rolla, Len, and John. Learn more at worldofspeed.org/archive.