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The Speedway Pacemaker can best be described as a semi-custom car for the racer who wanted to be competitive without having to build a lightweight car from scratch and endure endless experimentation. Designed by well-known competitor and record holder, Joe Olender of Indianapolis, the machine was produced for sale by Standard Machine Works of the same city, beginning in 1947. Later advertisements indicate distribution by Speedway Model Craft.
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The Pacemaker proto pioneered lightweight construction in a production car by using magnesium for the pan and wheels and integrally cast rear drive carriers. The body was of laminated Bakelite and very narrow. Bakelite discs also covered the bearings.
The Pacemaker came fully equipped with tail skid, bridle, coil, and fuel tank. Unique features of this fifty-five dollar package included a special carburetor “air ram” and longer crankshafts for Hornet or McCoy engines to accommodate a special flywheel and pinion gear. For double that price the car could be purchased ready-to-run and fitted with a Hornet or McCoy. For just eighty-five dollars the manufacturer would fit your “pet” example of these popular engines.
STANDARD MACHINE WORKS