Landy's #17 midget race car has come full circle and returned home. After selling the car after the 1960 season, Landy hung up his helmet and retired from racing. He lost track of the car for the next 37 years. The car saw several owners and fell into a sad state of repair. The "race car bone yard" was a real possibility when Richard Raclawski of Chicago found and rescued the old 17. Richard bought the car from Bill Gunderson of Greenfield, Wisconsin and transported it back to his home in Chicago where he and his son, Rich Jr., began restoration. Richard used a photo of the car with Landy behind the wheel, racing at Soldier Field as his guide, in bringing the 17 back to life. Richard eventually sold the car to Dave Rumsey of Holland, Michigan. Dave contacted Landy in Las Vegas and decided a total restoration was necessary to preserve this remarkable car and Landy's legacy in racing. Dave completely dismantled the car and rebuilt it as original as possible, including new paint and the installation of a Studebaker Champion engine, complete with fuel injection.
Dave enjoyed racing the newly restored #17 at Vintage Midget races throughout the mid-west. In 1997 Landy was reunited with the newly restored #17 when Dave Rumsey and Dick Welch (son of original car owner) arranged a 50th Anniversary celebration to honor Landy's 1947 Badger Midget Racing Championship at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. After an emotional reunion and a few hot laps around the track, Landy and his #17 parted ways, but the separation was temporary.
Again, whereabouts of the car were lost until 2008 when a race fan notified Landy's son, Dan, that the #17 was in Omaha, Nebraska and might be for sale. Dan and his sister, Sharon contacted the new owner, Charles Myers, and negotiated a deal. Through Mr. Myers' generosity and sense of family, the #17 was on its way home. Dan and his son, Daniel Jr., drove to Omaha from their home in California and towed the #17 to Las Vegas, where Landy was living, surprising him on Father's Day. Landy was speechless when he stepped outside and saw his race car parked in his driveway.
The next year (at age 90) Landy traveled to California to witness his beautifully restored midget racer win first place in the race car division at the 2009 Corona Del Mar Coastline Car Classic. He was also on hand when the #17 participated as a special invitee in the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show's "The History of the Race Car" exhibit in Los Angeles.
The #17 will remain in the Scott family and continue to be shown at car shows and special events to help preserve the history of the Mighty Midget's impact on auto racing and to honor the accomplishments of its fearless driver who we proudly call Dad.
famous #17 Studebaker powered Kurtis Kraft Midget Race
1st Place, Race Car Division - 2009 Corona Del Mar Coastline Car Classic
3rd Place, Race Car Division - 2010 Del Mar Concours d'Elegance
Featured car - 2010 Grand National Roadster Show's "The History of the Race Car", Los Angeles, CA
1st Place, Race Car Division - 2011 Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance (La Quinta, CA)
1st Place, Race Car Division - 2011 Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance
Greatest Racing Heritage Award - 2011 Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance
3rd Place, People's Choice Award - 2014 Winter Meet, Los Angeles Chapter, Studebaker Drivers Club
Special Recognition Award, Custom Division - 2014 La Palma Studebaker Meet, Studebaker Drivers Club
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