The Fred Larsen Photo Collection

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A photo of Fred in his 1929 Ford Model A roadster. Built in 1948, this was Fred's second 1929 Ford Model A roadster. The roadster ran a special frame that used the center of a 1932 Ford frame and kickups from a 1925 Chevrolet. Photo courtesy of Fred Larsen, provided by Marylou Larsen and Karen Boren.
In 1955 Fred bought Ak Miller's rear-engine roadster, "Miller's Missile." The roadster featured a tube frame and a 1927 Ford Model T body. Fred installed a fuel injected 1952 Chrysler 331 cu. in. engine in it, and ran it at the lakes as well as local strips. This photo was taken during the 1955 Bonneville Nationals. Photo courtesy of Fred Larsen, provided by Marylou Larsen and Karen Boren.
A photo of Fred with his rear-engined 1927 Ford Model T roadster in 1956. The car has a brand new flame paint job for the season. Photo courtesy of Fred Larsen, provided by Marylou Larsen and Karen Boren.
In 1957, Fred flipped his 1927 Ford Model T roadster at Bonneville. "I tore my face and head all to hell, he told Dick Martin. Photo courtesy of Fred Larsen, provided by Marylou Larsen and Karen Boren.
Fred showing off his helmet after the accident in 1957. "The mag broke off, hit me on the back of the head, and took my helmet off. I went sideways and over backward 180 feet when I hit the first time. The car was going backward upside-down, and I slid on my head on the salt. I had 180 stitches on my head and face," Fred told Dick Martin in an interview. Photo courtesy of Fred Larsen, provided by Marylou Larsen and Karen Boren.


Fred Larsen was a pioneer hot rodder, dry lakes racer and drag racer. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Fred grew up in Culver City, California. In 1936 he attended his first dry lakes meet, as a spectator at the Muroc dry lakes. Two years later he returned with his first hot rod, a 1925 Ford Model T roadster. Fred went on to become a lifetime member of the 300-MPH chapter of the Bonneville 200-MPH Club, and the holder of multiple World Land Speed Records for streamlined vehicles set at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Thanks to Fred's wife Marylou Larsen and Karen Boren, daughter of fellow Culver City Screwdrivers member Bill Boren, Fred's photo collection has found its way to Kustomrama so we all can enjoy it.

Further Reading

Fred Larsen - Click here to read the full bio on Fred Larsen
Culver City Screwdrivers - Click here for more information about the Culver City Screwdrivers





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