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JOIE CHITWOOD COLLECTIBLES
JOIE CHITWOOD COLLECTIBLES
Chitwood Auto Thrill Show memorabilia and fan collectibles.

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CHITWOOD FAMILY : 80 YEARS IN MOTORSPORTS

George “Joie” Chitwood built a race car in 1934 when he was working in a welding shop in Topeka, Kansas. Fresh out of the Navy, where he had learned to weld, the car was for a customer but a project he loved. Several weeks after the car was finished the regular driver did not show up. The owner of the car asked if he wanted to try driving it. As a 22 year old, he won his first race at a dirt track in Winfield, Kansas. After a couple of years living in St Joe, Missouri he honed his skill and a race promoter dubbed him “Joe” Chitwood when he misread the entry list, and the name stuck.

In 1939, after winning several more dirt track Championships in the East and Midwest, Joie was able to pass his rigorous drivers test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He did not participate his first Indy 500 until 1940. He started in 26th and was able to finish a respectable 15th.

In 1941 he was the first driver to wear a seat belt in the 500. In total he drove in 7 Indy 500 races 1940-1950 less 3 years off for WW2. Joie finished in the top 5 three times. During the war years gas and tires were rationed for the war effort and racing was banned. In the late 30’s and early 40’s Joie became friends with the first great American auto stunt driver, Lucky Teter. Unfortunately Lucky was killed on July 4, 1942 while attempting a World record 170 foot ramp to ramp jump….

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Evel Knievel credits Joie Chitwood for inspiring him to become a stunt rider after seeing the Chitwood Auto Thrill in his home town of Butte, Montana in the 50’s.
  • Joie Chitwood was the first driver to wear a seat belt at the Indy 500 in the 1941 race.
  • Joie Chitwood was inducted into Tampa Bay Walk of Fame in 1990.
  • Chitwood’s holds the World Record for driving 5.9 mi on only 2 wheels (American car , May 13, 1978)
  • In 1993 Joie Chitwood was inducted into National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
  • George “Joie” Chitwood, Sr was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2010 within the Historic Category
  • Joie Chitwood, Sr is also a member of the prestigious Indy 500 Champion Spark Plug 100 Mile an Hour Club
  • Chitwood’s always promoted Highway Safety.