Frank Currie, a Great Race legend and an icon of the automotive aftermarket industry passed away Wednesday in California. He was the founder of Currie Enterprises, rear end and differential specialists, and was one of the most well-known figures in the Southern California car culture. He and his company were also very popular among hot rodders around the world.
Frank, a veteran of 20 Great Race’s through the years, was inducted into the Great Race Hall of Fame in 1997 and ran his last race with his grandson Cody in 2007. He raced a 1920 Packard speedster and a 1910 Selden roadster among others during his time on the event.
The Great Race was a family affair to Frank, who also competed with his wife, Evelyn, and sons John, Ray, David and Charles.
“Frank Currie was one of the heroes of the Great Race,” event owner Corky Coker said. “He was always a fierce competitor and a very nice man. It was fun coming around a bend while competing in the Great Race to see Frank and Evelyn Currie screeching up to a stop in that wonderful 1910 Selden Roadster. Our prayers go out to the Currie family.”