Jack London, a native of Oklahoma, arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1936, bought a Shell gas... station and a rail frame midget, in that order and within a few years became one of the West Coast’s premier midget car owners.
In 1937 Midget racing was still in its infancy and London was there every step of the way helping it grow towards maturity. From the earliest, strife torn, inter-association struggles to the formation and growth of the Bay Cities Racing Association, Jack’s handprints were all over every facet of the sport.
As a car owner, London was legendary, beginning in 1946 when Fred Agabashian produced both a driver championship for himself and a car owner title for Jack. In 1950 Jack took over the reigns of BCRA as its Business Manager, a position that he held for nearly 30 years. While under Jack’s iron fisted rule, BCRA flourished and survived when other association were folding. Not everyone agreed with London, but all who raced with him respected his understanding of racing and racers.
During his active years as a BCRA/AAA/USAC midget car owner, Jack had the cream of the crop chauffeuring his midgets. The list includes: A.J. Foyt, Tony Bettenhausen, Dick Atkins, Johnny Boyd and Johnny Parsons.
Jack passed away on August 13, 1982 in Oakland, California