01/31/2012. Walter J. Carr of Saginaw, Michigan, wanted to built a racer to compete in the 1932 National Air Races in Cleveland,Ohio. Sponsored by the Saginaw Junior Chamber of Commerce, Carr started design in 1931, assisted by John Coryell, Edward and Walter Savage, and 90 hp Curtiss OX-5 powered Carr Special was completed in 1932. Listed as Racer number "36" Carr entered the 1932 Nationals race as but pulled out after being lapped by all but one of the competition.
Often called the "World's Ugliest Race Plane", the aircraft was converted to a skywriter in late 1933, hence the long exhaust pipe in the picture, in which Carr is posing at the tail. The aircraft had a number of subsequential owners before it crashed at Southfield, Michican, in 1937.