Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1950, GMP, IndyCar, Kurtis Kraft, Midget, Perry Grimm

1950 Kurtis Kraft – Offy midget Grimm

The diecast brand GMP (Georgia Marketing and Products) in the beginning of 2000s have produced the “Gilmore Stadium Midget Series” set of models in 1/43 scale to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stadium demolishing. The set included a stadium diorama and 5 midget cars of Roger Ward, Danny Oakes, Perry Grimm, Bill Vukovich, and Walt Faulkner, all were sold separately.

Perry Grimm’s Offy  midget is 3rd model car of GMP  “Gilmore Stadium Midget Series” issued  in the beginning of 2000s to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stadium demolishing. Grimm was one of the best midget drivers of the 1940s. Resided in Los Angeles, he raced on the West Coast of the United States in the UMA (United Midget Association) series, but appeared in events  all over the country.  In 1941 and 1945 he won the Fort Miami Speedway Track Championship in Toledo, Ohio. One of his most spectacular performance was his third-place finish at  York’s Roosevelt Raceway open competition show in 1939 when  he drove the last 55 miles of the 150-miler with a flat tire.  In the late 40s Grimm drove for the Vic Edelbrock’ team. In 1946 he won the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Gilmore Stadium. Grimm repeated as the winner of the Turkey Night classic in 1949 and won the Pacific Coast Midget title as well. The 1950 Turkey Night Grand Prix was won by Bill Zaring, while Grimm, who raced 1950 season in car #1, finished 3rd. Grimm’s 1950 car modeled by GMP is the typical Kurtis Kraft chassis powered by V8 Offy. While for many drivers midget racing was just a step of their careers to promote to higher levels of open-wheel racing, Grimm, like Danny Oakes, raced mostly in midgets and did not achieve any success in bigger cars. Grimm’s only appearance in  the big car National Championship was 1952 Indy-500 when he passed rookie test in the #55 Ansted Rotary Engine Special Stevens – Offy, but did not qualify.

See more details about midget racing and GMP Gilmore Stadium set here.

1950AAA Midget Nat’l ChampiomshipGilmore Stadium
Driver No.Entrant
Perry Grimm1Perry Grimm
ChassisEngineCar Name
Kurtis KraftOffenhauser V8-60Grant Piston Rings Spec.
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43GMPGilmore Stadium Midget Series
Cat. No.QualityRarity
1352 / 7683G

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