In 1969, Art Nordstrom built a one-of-a-kind Ford 8N tractor used to push-start sprint cars. It was a staple around Garretson, S.D.-area racetracks from 1969 until the last Cheater’s Days race at the Sioux Empire Fair Racetrack in the early 1990s. Art also was an official at Huset’s Speedway and Interlakes Speedway and the tractor was his way to get to the wrecks fast. During races, Art would fly down the back stretch or front stretch going at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, putting on a show for the crowds. With his wife and kids, he spent every summer weekend at the track.
Art was inducted into Huset’s Hall of Fame in 2010 for his work with the Street Stock Class and racing and promotion of racing in the Midwest. The Nordstrom kids had the tractor retrieved from the shed, where it had lain dormant for 10 years, and surprised their Dad with it at the racetrack.
Get the full story on Art's Ford 8N conversion by reading Modified Ford 8N Rebuilt for Speed from the June 2011 issue of Farm Collector.