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Hot Springs Village man still racing at 83
Hot Springs Village man still racing at 83

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark.(KTHV) - They say age is just a number, and a Hot Springs Village man is proving just that. In his mid-80s, John Hollansworth is still putting the pedal to the metal.

As a child, John Hollansworth always had a thing for cars. Eventually he says that passion turned into a need for speed.

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"I could tell you what every car was, I could tell you what the cars were by the sound of the exhaust."

The Kansas City native, who now lives in Hot Springs Village, still loves cars to this day. At 83-years-old, the longtime car enthusiast said he's still building and racing cars.

"I tell everybody when they get ready to retire then that's when you get really busy."

His first race car was purchased in 1937. By the mid 60s, Hollansworth said he was winning races and earned a championship driver's license.

"Got involved in midget racing. Did that years until I went into the army and then got into stock car racing and then back into midgets."

Then Hollansworth said he got his big break.

"Finally in '66 we got an opportunity with an old antique car, roadster type car to go try out for Indy. We blew the motor, so we didn't make the race."

But Hollansworth did make the circuit that year, the peak of his racing career. He passed his racing legacy down to his two sons.

His oldest, John Jr. followed in his footsteps racing at Indy in '99.

"It's always nice to see your kids accomplish something and that was a goal."

Hollansworth said he's not ready to put the brakes on yet. He'll leave Monday for a week long race down the east coast.

It will be Hollansworth's 18th time to participate in The Great Race, which takes a different route cross-country every year.