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Bean Bowl Racer: Vintage Midget Project


This old racing car has been on its trailer for over 35 years now, and it’s time for it to get some love! The seller states it was originally built by servicemen working in their off hours during World War II. The car then supposedly raced at the Bean Bowl, otherwise known as the Jelly Bean Bowl, which was a small oval that is now part of the Disneyland complex in California. I’m not sure about that, because from what I can tell those were 1/4 midgets and this looks like a regular Midget, but maybe some of you readers can help. Either way, it looks like a cool car that comes with it’s own trailer. Obviously, it would be a labor of love to restore rather than a sensible thing to do, but that never seems to stop me! Anyway, it’s located in Brookings, Oregon and is available here on eBay with the trailer for less than $1,000 (although reserve is not yet met). Anyone know anything about this little racer?


  1. JW454

    “close to being junk”. How much closer do you have to be. If it gets any closer it will be in the shredder.

    17 bids?!! For what? A rusty yard art piece?

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    • Morey987

      That is exactly why I want it! However the Oregon to illinois tow would be twice the asking.

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  2. randy

    Wow, one man’s treasure! I am sure there is someone that cannot live without it.

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  3. Wayne

    In Australia these vintage midget speed cars are bringing very high prices. We even have races for them.

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  4. gunningbar

    Yes…. one cd revive this (ok.. a ton of work) and go vintage racing… cheaper to buy one already racing… but still….

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  5. Doug M

    Nice, especially the winter pic, that one needs to be on next years calendar!
    I’m originally from Cent. Pa. and there has been a resurgence in racing
    these antiques at several tracks, tempting if I was living near Williams Grove again.

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  6. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    I’ll take the hauler, really inventive tire rack!

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  7. Richard Lewis

    Without some historical documentation and period photos, this would be pretty much a pile of rusty parts. If I was going to undertake a restoration like this I would find some old school sprint car guy to assist. Many of those guys are getting older and passing on so the link to this era is quickly passing away.

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