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Myron Stevens

MYRON STEVENS, who is recognized by many racing historians as one of auto racing’s outstanding car builders, shared fourth place as a driver with Louis Meyer at the 1931 Indianapolis 500 and was a riding mechanic with Wilbur Shaw (1935-36) and Bob Swanson (1937). He built the frames, fuel tanks, and bodies for almost all of the Harry Miller Specials from 1922 through 1926. Stevens then accepted Frank Lockhart’s invitation to help construct the Stutz Black Hawk for Lockhart’s ill-fated land speed record attempt. Following Lockhart’s fatal accident at Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1928, Stevens opened his own shop and continued to build cars for such champions as Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, and Rex Mays. He continued building Indianapolis 500 cars until the early 1950s, and in 1955 a car he constructed won the Indianapolis 500 pole with Jerry Hoyt driving.