Chuck Kear

Chuck and his wife Shirley opened Kear’s Speed Shop in downtown Tiffin, Ohio in 1969 and it is still in business today supply parts for race cars. Chuck, who passed away in 1980, tried to race in the late 1960s and found he had trouble finding affordable parts. Shirley said that’s when he opened the speed shop which started with late model parts but later switched to sprint car parts because of the universal design of most parts at the time. The early years of Kear’s Speed Shop saw Shirley run the business during the day while Chuck maintained a full-time job after which he would come in and keep the store open into the evening to accommodate the racers. Chuck and Shirley, along with their children, traveled to tracks all over the country, making a national name for themselves. Chuck was an industry pioneer in many ways, spearheading many events including the racers flea market in the Sandusky County Fairgrounds. Chuck joins Shirley in the Fremont Speedway Hall Fame as she was inducted in 2011. Shirley was also inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2016.

 

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