Hornet Mite Gas-Powered Racing Tether Car, 1940-1950

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. This "Mite" model, from Hornet Motor Manufacturing Company, was powered by a .199 cubic inch engine. The tabs for attaching the tether were cast into the bellypan.

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. This "Mite" model, from Hornet Motor Manufacturing Company, was powered by a .199 cubic inch engine. The tabs for attaching the tether were cast into the bellypan.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

1940-1950

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.47.144

Credit

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

Material

Aluminum (Metal)
Rubber (Material)
Steel (Alloy)

Color

Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 4.25 in

Width: 5.25 in

Length: 10 in

Inscriptions

body: HORNET / MOTORS / FRESNO, CALIF. / 2 tires: HORNET / MITE

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