Tales of Heroism & Tragedy


Tales of Heroism & Tragedy


The scrapbook of local racing fan Gary Larson focuses on racing in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in western Oregon during the late 1940s. Articles focus on the fatal accidents of Les Anderson, Mike Moore, and Rex Mays among others, the near fatal accident of Allen Hobson, stories of Bob Gregg and other local racers, and the return of Big Car and Indy-style racing at Portland Speedway. The scrapbook also includes member cards, pit passes and photos.


 Les Anderson died in a crash with Art George in July 1945 while racing at Portland Speedway.

Les Anderson died in a crash with Art George in July 1945 while racing at Portland Speedway.



 Allen Hobson had a near fatal accident when a welded joint between gear and axle came off.

Allen Hobson had a near fatal accident when a welded joint between gear and axle came off.

 Articles of both national and local racers show the real dangers the drivers faced during the 1940s.

Articles of both national and local racers show the real dangers the drivers faced during the 1940s.

 Just a little banged up.

Just a little banged up.

 Trackside assistance.

Trackside assistance.

 Everyone needs a stellar mechanic.

Everyone needs a stellar mechanic.

 All packed up.

All packed up.


 He’s got this.

He’s got this.

 Serious business.

Serious business.

Check out the fully digitized scrapbook full of photo, articles, and memorabilia.