Tether Car Origin
Some historians have circled 1937 as the beginning of the tether car era in California, but the hobby was also appearing in other cities at the same time. Hobbyists took small gas-powered engines from their model airplanes and mounted them on a board with four wheels to make a powered car. A cable or string connected to the car was then attached to the center "tether pole" and the car was push-started and began racing around the pole. We have lots of examples of engines, cars, tether car parts and a section of track on display in the museum.