Carl Kiekhaefer

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Birthday
4, 1906
Birthplace
Wisconsin
Death Date
Oct 5, 1983 (77)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
4, 1906
Birthplace
Wisconsin
Death Date
Oct 5, 1983 (77)

About

Owner of the Mercury Marine engine makers. He also became a NASCAR championship car owner.

Before Fame

He founded his company after buying an outboard motor manufacturer, rebuilding their defective engines, and selling them to Montgomery Ward.

Trivia

He entered NASCAR initially to promote his outboard motor company, buying up the best and most expensive cars and generously paying the drivers.

Family Life

He was born in Mequon, Wisconsin, the son of Arnold and Clara Wessel Kiekhaefer.

Associated With

He hired the formerly retired Tim Flock as his first driver, convincing him to come back to racing with an offer of $40,000.