Rolla Vollstedt, Canadian-born American racing car designer and builder from Portland, built racing car since late 1940s to 1970s. He began racing hot rods and roadsters after WWII at his hometown. Vollstedt built his first racing car in 1948 and teamed with local driver Len Sutton, the two teamed up to dominate the roadster and sprint-car circuits in the Pacific Northwest in 1947-1955. In 1963 he built his first Indy-500 car, one of the first American rear engine single-seater. Sutton qualified first Vollstedt for the 1964 Indy 500 and was running fourth when a magneto failed after 140 laps. Two new Vollstedts were built for 1967. The main sponsor was Phil Hedback’s Bryant Heating and Cooling Company. Cale Yarborough, who raced twice for Vollstedt in 1966 and crashed both times, was entered for the Indy 500, using new #21 car with the second #17 car was a backup. Yarborough crashed again, and two Vollstedt’67 cars were driven by other drivers throughout the 1967 season. At the last race of the season, at Riverside, Jim Clark was invited to drive #21 car with Follmer, another road racing expert, in the #17. Clark qualified in second place and passed Dan Gurney to lead the race. Unfortunately for the team, he over-revved the engine and damaged a valve, forcing his retirement, but Follmer had a good run to sixth place, the team’s best finish of the season. 1967 Vollstedt cars competed full season in 1968, and also were used sporadically until 1971.
|1967||USAC National Championship||Rex Mays 300, Riverside|
|Jim Clark||21||Rolla Volstedt|
|Vollstedt ’67||Ford||Sperex Spl.|