Collection Highlight: Art Pollard


Want more Pollard? Check out these flip books made by the Archive for his 1967 and 1968 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.

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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.




To One of My Favorites
by Lesli

In the small town of Roseburg, Art Pollard raced midgets.
The winnings he won didn’t make many didgets.

Along with the midgets came experience and skill,
But before Art had these he must first have the will.

Then modified stock cars and even a boat.
But he thought to himself he would rather drive than float.

A Northwestern champion, a nine footer in Fresno
And then Art Pollard began to know

That racing’s for him, why not try the big one,
And along with the big one why not try for more dough.

So he packed up Claudine… Mike and Judy too.
They went to the airport and away they flew.

Us fans here in Medford were all with him at Indy
Even though the weather was stormy and windy.

A bump in ’66, in ’67 eighth place
And from there to ’68 for another big race.

In ’68 the Offey wouldn’t go far
So he decided to race the new turbine car.

The weather was bad, the turbine just wasn’t it,
But if you know Art Pollard, you know he wouldn’t quit.

Look for Art Pollard in the year sixty nine
Because we know that year he is gonna do fine.

We are proud of you “Poppo” in all that you do
And sometime we know you will be a winner too!