Fred Frame
Car Owner/Driver
Class of 2004

Fred Frame was born a New Englander, but moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1914, where he was employed as a gardener and motorcycle mechanic for a wealthy LA family.  He ran his first race in Ascot in 1919.  He began his winning ways in 1926 at Santa Maria, California.  He scored his first major AAA win that same year, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Shortly after that, he returned to the northeast, competing in the AAA Fair circuit from Maine to Pennsylvania. 

Fred began racing at Indianapolis in 1927.  During his 11 appearances, he scored 6 top ten finishes.  In 1931, driving a Duesenberg, he finished second.  In 1932, he brought a Wetteroth chassis with a Miller engine, and, starting 28th, Frame won the Indy 500.   All told, Fred led a total of 85 laps in the Indy 500, 11 in 1929, 58 in 1932, and 16 in 1933.   His final Indy 500 was run in 1938.

In 1938, Frame switched to the IMCA circuit and won throughout New England, until the war broke out.

He returned to racing after the war as a car owner.   Fred’s son, Bob, lost his life in a sprint car at Owatonna, Minnesota in 1947, and Fred retired from racing.  

Today, we welcome Fred Frame posthumously into the NEAR Hall of Fame.