Tuesday, November 08, 2016

71 years ago Paul Geivett got a D in high school shop class because instead of the project his teacher assigned, he built a gas-powered model of the Boyle Special Maserati that won the '39 Indy 500

He has always worked with his hands, first as an apprentice in a machine shop while in high school, and later at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant after a stint in the Navy. Most of his career was spent at Union Machine and Tool Works.

 Geivett didn’t just build cars, he raced them, too. He drove a midget at Kansas City’s now closed Olympic Stadium and several other regional tracks when he was a young man. Model making, however, has always been his first love.


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