Frank Kurtis became the first non-driver to be inducted into the National Midget Hall of Fame and ri...ghtly so. His Kurtis-Kraft, Inc. firm produced some 550 “complete-and-ready-to-run” midgets and over 600 more in kit form! The combination of the Kurtis chassis powered by a smaller version of the famous Offenhauser engine was virtually unbeatable for over twenty years and a few of the 40-odd-year-old chassis can still be found racing with some clubs even today. Kurtis also built over 120 Indianapolis cars including five winners.
The young sheetmetal worker got his start in racing when he was hired by Tommy Lee and Willet Brown to rework the bodies of the Don Lee Racing Team midgets.
He began producing his own midget chassis in the late 30s and the rest is history.
Kurtis sold his midget business to Johnny Pawl in the late 1950s and sold his Quarter Midget operation to Ralph Potter in 1962.
He passed away in February of 1987.