Butch Marks Gas-Powered Racing Tether Car, circa 1990

Summary

Tether cars, gas-powered model race cars, were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. They were raced individually while tethered to a central pivot, or against each other on a scaled-down board track. The cars found new appreciation in the 1980s and 1990s. Builder Butch Marks modeled this tether car after a classic 1932 Ford "highboy" fenderless hot rod.

Tether cars, gas-powered model race cars, were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. They were raced individually while tethered to a central pivot, or against each other on a scaled-down board track. The cars found new appreciation in the 1980s and 1990s. Builder Butch Marks modeled this tether car after a classic 1932 Ford "highboy" fenderless hot rod.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

circa 1990

Creators

Marks, Butch 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.47.79

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Eric Zausner and the E-Z Spindizzy Foundation.

Material

Aluminum (Metal)
Rubber (Material)
Paint (Coating)

Color

Yellow
Gold (Color)
Red

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 8.5 in

Length: 126 in

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