Based in Illinois, this car won the 1947/1948 roadster championship at Soldier's Field, Chicago. At the time, it had a Model A Ford roadster body and a Ford V-8 flathead engine for power. The combination was also successful at the high banked Winchester, Indiana Speedway, the Milwakee, Wisconsin Mile and at Rockford, Illinois.
After a severe crash in 1951, Wally rebuilt the car, swapped the V-8 for the Jimmy 6 and replaced the roadster body with a Model T roadster body and a "big car" style nose. The Model A transsmission was converted to an in-out box. The steering ratio was controlled using a motorcycle chain and two sprockets which could be changed based upon the size track running on from dirt to ashalt tracks, and the wire wheels were replaced with solid wheels.
Wally then headed to Southern California where he raced successfully as #47 in the California Roadster Association, CRA, at such tracks as Carrell Speedway and Bonelli Stadium.
This car was retired in 1954 as the Track Roadsters were being replaced by the more expensive Sprint Cars.
1947 Track Roadster
- Year Built: 1947
- Vehicle Type: Track Roadster (aka Roaring Roadster, aka Hot Rod)
- Built By: Wally Edwards
- Suspension: Cross Spring Front End, Rear Buggy Springs
- Engine: GMC "Jimmy" 6 cylinder, 270 cubic inch. Note: 6 cylinder, 5 carburetors, 4 exhaust ports.
- Owner: Estrella Warbirds Museum