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“We started making the Speedway Cars like a Midget, not so big and heavy. It was more or less a copy of a Midget but a little bit bigger. We called it a stretched Midget on a stretched Midget,” AJ. comments. Those are Ed Winfield carburetors sticking out from the Offenhauser-powered number 12 with Joe James as chauffeur. A.J. ground virtually all of the cams for the Offenhauser engines. He noted that early Sprint Cars would often compete in Championship races by simply moving the front axle to alter the wheelbase. Notice how high the Speedway Cars of that era sat before A.J. began getting the drivers deeper into the cockpit and the cars lower to the ground. “Joe James drove for me in 1951 at Indy,” A.J. states. James qualified Eighth fastest at 134.09 mph but transmission trouble took James out after only eight laps.