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“Prison Car” On Display at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum

Posted: Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 6:24 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Samantha Smith

A vehicle with a unique story and background is currently being displayed at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum. The “Prison Car” was built in 1932 at the State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson by inmate Lyle E. May and fellow prisoners who got approved to build the “big car” while incarcerated. Upon being released, May was able to keep the car and raced it in International Motor Contest Association and Central State Racing Association events in the Midwest.

Museum Curator Tom Schmeh says they are very pleased to have the “Prison Car” on display for the next year and thinks visitors will agree it is a nice piece to mix up the variety of cars at the museum.