Senior Moment From Russ Dodge:
Local Driver Earned High Marks!
Looking at photos of the Maul Brothers' 111
on the message board sent me into my Vineland Speedway photos for this
picture of Jimmy Marks. Along with reflecting on the Maul's, Jim Marks
should not be overlooked for his accomplishments as a South Jersey "local
The May 6, 1955 program booklet from Vineland included this information on
the 8 car pictured. "Owned by the Maul Brothers Machine Shop, of Millville,
the car is valued at close to $3,000. Its engine was built by Davis' Garage
in Shiloh, (N.J.)and has three carburetors and a 12 volt ignition system. It
averages about two miles per gallon on the straight alcohol or methanol that
Reading this write-up leads one to in vision the Mauls as owning a garage
with an over head door, housing a lathe, drill press and maybe a milling
machine. Not! Racing was their hobby and their cars usually the involved of
a South Jersey accomplished driver and mechanic Lew Mood. Maul Brothers Inc.
were the producers of specialized machinery and equipment used in the glass
(bottle) industry and conducted business worldwide! In a era prior to
electronic communication, they had their own plane for travel for corporate
As car owners they became "front page" status when Jackie McLaughlin started
driving their #111, 1937 Ford coach early in the 1960 season. The car built
for the Mauls by Neal Williams, of Tasnady 44 fame, was powered by motors
built by Reading motor ace, Joe Wolfe. Their success continued when Budd
Olsen replaced Jackie, at the request of Lew Mood, who was then chief
mechanic on the car.
Jimmy Marks was 28 years old when this photo was taken at the half mile
Cumberland County oval in Vineland. He started racing stock car about six
years before this picture. He got the racing "bug" early when he won a
victory in a Soap Box Derby in his hometown of Bridgeton, N.J., a win that
would send him to the famed National race in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from
the soap boxes to Jack Kochman's Hell Drivers (operating out of Paterson)
and took his first crack at stock car racing in 1949. His first ride was in
a 1937 Hudson at Palmyra, N.Y., where he finished fourth. Marks was a member
of the Interstate Stock Car Racing Association since its inception in 1953.
Although he wasn't a frequent visitor to the winner's circle in feature
races, he piled up quite a few seconds and thirds and finished 9th in points
in the 1954 season.
As a side note on Jimmy, when Joe Pustizzi and his associates brought out
the famous Case 300 in 1956, Jim was the first driver given the ride. On his
second appearance at Nazareth Speedway on May 13, 1956, he won the feature.
I believe this to be one of Jim's highest achievements. Regardless of that
success, the 300 team replaced Jim with Jackie McLaughlin. The Case 300,
named that because the main sponsor was a Case tractor dealer (the car was
painted case tractor colors cream / orange) took home the 1956-57 point
championships at Flemington with Jackie McLaughlin driving.
To my knowledge Jimmy dropped out of racing when Vineland Speedway went
asphalt for the opening of the 1958 season. He was one of the many local
racers who had the talent to be successful in the sport we share.
Senior Moment By Russ Dodge