Watching Lloyd Axel throw the number 5 sideways and then straighten up heading in to the front or back stretch, what a show. Lloyd was really good running the heat races and main’s; those were the days of the inverted starts, fastest car last row outside or inside row depending on the car count.
Those were the years when the championships was run at the Arapahoe County Fair grounds in Littleton. It was a half mile dirt track around the rodeo style infield.
That is another place where Lloyd was good, a patient driver who very masterfully picked off the others one at a time.
Lloyd retired from midget racing and the RMMRA in 1955.
Lloyd’s number 5 is considered one of the best-looking KK-110 Offy’s ever built, Lloyd bought it just after WWII. This KK was the third built when Frank Kurtis started his post-war midget building business.
Eddie Jackson bought the car from Axel after his retirement. Jackson continued the amazing run of this car, winning many features and championships. Eddie then sold it to Vern Shaver who sold it to Norbert Goldman. With Leo Tucker driving, the car won its last race against the best of USAC in 1974. There were 28 years between its first win in 1946 with Lloyd Axel and its last with Leo Tucker.
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