#7279 Midget Racing Car "Allen Special" (1938) Louwman Museum
Midget Racing Car "Allen Special" (1938) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
Midget racing is an American class that has been in existence since 1933. The racing cars are small and ultralight but are fitted with powerful four-cylinder engines, which gives them an excellent power-to-weight ratio and great performance. The races are over short distances, varying between 4 and 40 kilometres (about 2.5 and 25 miles), mostly on oval, unsurfaced tracks, known as dirt tracks. The "Allen Special" displayed here is powered by an 1800cc twin-cylinder overhead camshaft Offenhauser engine that produces about 170-HP. Midget racing remains very popular. Although some people regard Midget racing as an entry-level class, many drivers stick with them because racing is always spectacular and extremely competitive. The cars have been modified to satisfy today’s safety requirements, and no longer look as elegant as the older models.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.