| After his partner
walked away, Whitey installed a 1500cc Offenhauser midget engine and it
was mostly driven by Bill Cantrell. It ran the first Los Angeles
Times G.P. and many RRR races. It could not keep up with Ken Miles
and the 550A Spyder (photo above) but could nail the earlier 550's.
From Reagan Rulau:
(Currently restoring the "Solitary Wasp")
"Whitey was a pre-WW2
midget car driver and owned a famous midget that once won 'Turkey Night'.
Cantrell was a famous SoCal. midget driver and not the nationally known
Indianapolis driver with the same name.
Does anyone in general
or from the midget or sprint car crowd have any more photos or information
on this little car? Photos of Thuesen's machine shop would be greatly
Whitey was a brilliant
machinist and raced both ovals and road courses. I'd love to hear
from anyone that dealt with him. His work speaks for itself.
I can't do better then what he did. I can only match it.
Not too many restorers
can claim the original machine tools in their possession that were used
in the construction of a particular car. I have Whitey's lathe and
milling machine that he used to build this car.
The "Solitary Wasp's"
body was started by Bob Pankratz in 1953 and completed by Harry Lewis in
early 1954. The modifications to make the body FIA legal for the
1959 Times GP were also done by Harry Lewis."
(Photo by Allen Kuhn)