Balch Garage

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Swede Lindskog in the Balch Garage Midget Racer. Photo Courtesy of Just Midgets[1]
A crashed 1941 Buick outside the shop. Photo by Jim Kierstead.
Johnny Balch and the Balch Garage racing team cars line up. Photo Courtesy of Just Midgets[1]
Photo by Jim Kierstead.
Photo by Jim Kierstead.
Photo by Jim Kierstead.
Photo by Jim Kierstead.
This is how the former Balch Garage appeared in 2013. Photo by Olav Kvipt.

Balch Garage was owned and operated by Johnny Balch on 9331S Vermont St, Inglewood, California. The Balch Garage was a hangout for drivers like Vukovich, Johnny Boyd, Allen Heath and Walt Faulkner. Balch Garage fielded many great cars, and Johnny Balch helped make Los Angeles a hotbed of midget racing.[2] In back of the garage was a shed with a chain link fence on one side. Bob Pankratz put the Cheesman Offy together there.[3] Bob Pankratz was the body shop manager for Balch.[4]

Bob Pankratz
Dave West
Jim Travers
Johnny Balch
Swede Jenson



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