After his successful debut season in 1958 Bob Tattersall returned to Australia the following year bringing with him this yellow Saylor Offenhauser, number 55, a chassis originating from 1950. It was built by the Richenbacher brothers of South Chicago, and was acquired around 1957 by Tony Saylor, a service station owner from Joliet, Illinois, a hotbed of speedway action in the 1950s and 60s. Tattersall was sponsored by Empire Speedways and included all expenses, except his liquor bill!
The Saylor Offy now belongs to ex-motorcycle racer and speedcar stalwart Gordon Benny, who acquired the car in a very sad state from 'Stud' Beasley at Mallacoota in 1985. In the time since Tattersall campaigned the car it has had a long line of famous names behind the wheel, such as Len Brock, Jeff Freeman, Andy McGavin, Johnny Stewart, Ray Oram and Nick Collier, who unfortunately lost his life in the car at Sydney Showground on the same evening when he set the long-standing track record of 18.9 seconds. Now the Saylor Offy is once again resplendent in its distinctive cream livery - even better than it looked when 'Two Gun' thrilled the crowds in 1960.
The Saylor Offenhauser has been kindly loaned to the National Motor Racing Museum by owner Gordon Benny