July 3, 2022

Autodynamics Racing

Autodynamics was one of pioneering racecar manufacturer from the earliest days of Formula Vee racing.

When the SCCA announced that Formula Vee would be included in the 1964 National Championship Runoffs, that first field of cars was made up of Autodynamics Caldwell D-1s, Formcars and Zink Cars. However, it took until 1972 for Autodynamics to win a National Championship in Formula Vee.

A young racing enthusiast by the name of J. Collow put together this video (below) which is a brief history of Autodynamics. Collow recently purchased a Caldwell D-13 and will be racing it in the upcoming 2022 season.

3 thoughts on “Autodynamics Racing

  1. Ray Caldwell, driving a Mk 1 Autodynamics FormulaVee, won the SCCA National Championship
    in 1964. If you have any questions about this, please contact me at (414) 258-8289 or E- Mail
    me at hvzvhz@wi.rr.com Harold Zimdars, former Autodynamics/Caldwell Midwest Distributor.

    1. Hi Harold,

      Looks like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autodynamics_(race_car_manufacturer) and https://www.driverdb.com/ have some inacurate information, since the 1964 SCCA Runoffs were nearly 60 years ago. They list 1964 as the inaugural season of Formula Vee in the SCCA, with Lewis Kerr (FORMCAR) winning, followed by Roger Barr (AUTODYNAMICS).

      However, https://www.formulasupervee.com/caldwell.html does confirm “Autodynamics cars won eight national championships. As a driver, Caldwell won the first Formula Vee National Championship and was named Sports Car Club of America Rookie Driver of the Year in 1964.”

      As a former Autodynamics / Caldwell Distributor, could you please share more of what you remember from that 1964 season?


      1. As a former Autodynamics/Caldwell Dealer, I also raced some of the cars he produced, in SCCA Reginal, National and Inter-National events. I will have to check my Trophy Case to verify the dates.
        Ray and I became close friends and shared many ideas about the cars he built through the years. I could wright a book about this time period,.when he was developing these cars. If you have specific questions about these cars or races, please cal me at (414) 258-8289.
        Yes, I remember the 1964 season very well! Wait till I tell you the story.

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