Blair Nelson Collection on "Lucky" Lee Lott

Biographical / Historical Note

Born in 1915, Lee Willard Lott became enamored with public performances. By 1927, Lott traveled across the United States as a circus acrobat and stunt performer. In 1933-1934 Lott performed at the Chicago World's Fair as a daredevil stunt diver. In 1935...

More

Born in 1915, Lee Willard Lott became enamored with public performances. By 1927, Lott traveled across the United States as a circus acrobat and stunt performer. In 1933-1934 Lott performed at the Chicago World's Fair as a daredevil stunt diver. In 1935 Lott and a group of friends put together their first daredevil auto stunt shows in a farmer's field. Between 1935 and 1955, "Lucky" Lee Lott’s Hell Drivers jumped, flipped and otherwise destroyed hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles across the country at county and state fairs, race tracks and any place the Hell Drivers could get an audience. Lee Lott retired from stunt driving in 1955 and became a manager of various troupes of stunt drivers performing as the Hell Drivers. "Lucky" Lee Lott passed away in 2000.

Less

Scope and Content Note

The Blair Nelson collection on "Lucky" Lee Lott consists of memorabilia and promotional material highlighting automobile thrill show performances. The collection also includes video tapes of various thrill show exhibitions and interviews in the 1970s and 1980s.

Collection Details

Object ID: 2009.32.0
Creator: Nelson, Blair 
Inclusive Dates: 1958-1990
Size: 0.4 cubic ft. and 1 oversize box
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Blair Nelson

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

In many cases, not all artifacts have been digitized.
Contact us for more information about this collection.

All American Hell Drivers Car Crashing into Wrecks in Auto Thrill Show, 1948

  Details

All American Hell Drivers Car Crashing into Wrecks in Auto Thrill Show, 1948

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

2009.32.7.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Blair Nelson

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

All American Hell Drivers Car Crashing into Wrecks in Auto Thrill Show, 1948

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details