HARRY HARTZ RARE SIGNED PHOTO,"To Bill Fowler, Thanks for a swell show. 1-50, Harry Hartz", 8 x 10, b/w, c. 1930's, showing him next to his race car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis 500) with his hand on the huge Wheeler-Schebler Trophy. This vintage matted photograph has surface tears around the lower front of the car and creases, otherwise it is in fine condition.
Harry Hartz (1896-1974) was a mechanic, but sought to be a race car driver and signed on with the Duesenberg brothers after World War I. Hartz made his debut at the 1921 Indianapolis 500 race as Eddie Hearne's riding mechanic. He subsequently drove & came in 2nd in the 500 three times.
Hartz was successful in board track racing. He appeared in racing sequences for the 1932 movie The Crowd Roars starring James Cagney & Joan Blondell. Hartz worked for Studebaker, Chrysler, DeSota, raced at Bonneville Salt Flats, & different events retiring in 1940. Hartz was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1998.