.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Dwarf car racing turns into big hobby

-A A +A
By Carol A. Clark

David Hand first set eyes on a dwarf car in 2005 when Jim Shinn entered Hand’s shop, Jona Manufacturing Services on DP Road.

Shinn asked Hand to fabricate some special parts for him. Hand took one look at the undersized racing vehicle and was hooked.

“I jokingly asked if he needed a driver and he told me  he had had another car,” Hand said during an interview this morning. “We went down in Rendija Canyon and I drove it around, then started racing for him.”

Hand raced Shinn’s dwarf car for one season before buying it, he said. Then his wife, Melanee Hand, caught the spirit and now she races her own dwarf car.

The Hands race at the San Luis Valley Motorplex north of Alamosa, Colo. and at the Aztec Speedway in Aztec, he said. They also travel the dwarf car racing circuit up and down Colorado and have raced in Arizona.

“It’s one of the most affordable cars for racing you can get into and it’s so much fun,” Hand said. “Dwarf cars travel upwards of 100 mph on the straight-aways. They are open wheel so you try not to make contact and tear up other cars.”

Following qualifying heats, main races typically consist of 15-20 laps, he said, adding that the larger venues can go up to 24 laps.


If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
info
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:



Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday