My Maytag Racer

| July/August 1995

8456 Oakwood Drive Becker, Minnesota 55308

In the fall of 1992, I was buying parts at a gas engine repair shop and my attention was drawn to a small race car in bad shape. The shop owner informed me he had always intended to fix it up. I never thought about the car again until the March 1993 issue of GEM arrived. On page 7 was an article on the Maytag Racer. My adrenaline began to flow and I returned to the small engine shop owner. He didn't think he was interested in selling the car. I told him I'd give him some time to think it over; two weeks later an agreement was reached. I was now the proud owner of a rusty, beat-up race car with no engine.

I began researching the car by contacting the author of the article in GEM. He referred me to others, who referred me to others. I finally was able to put together an accurate profile of the car. I want to thank everyone who assisted me with this project.

Research showed there were 498 Maytag Racers made and only about 25 are still in existence. They were made as a sales promotion by the Maytag Company from October 11, 1934 until December 1, 1941. Top speed is 8.5 mph. The first models were powered by the model 92 Maytag Multi-motor with a cone clutch. Later models were powered by the Maytag Twin cylinder. This unit used a belt tightening arrangement for a clutch. The brake and clutch were operated with one lever on both models.

To my knowledge, my Maytag Racer is the only one in complete operating condition. It took approximately one year to gather all the information and restore the car. The racer's maiden run was in our local 4th of July 1994 parade driven by our 8 year old grandson. The car received a lot of attention at the Hanley Falls and Albany (Minnesota) threshing shows. The car is now wintered at the Ellison Car Museum in Rodgers, Minnesota, and in the summer will be in parades and cruising our neighborhood followed by children once more.

I look forward to attending more shows and showing off my Maytag Racer!