1958 Lisoni "Missfire" Quarter Midget

Second Floor - Industry

Built by Joey Lisoni’s father, Joseph, Missfire was a consistent winner throughout Joey’s racing career, which ended in 1961 when he no longer fit in the car. Its four-stroke, one cylinder engine was built and tuned by Carl Offenhauser, famed Indy car builder Fred Offenhauser’s brother, whose Los Angeles shop shared a space with Joseph Lisoni’s welding company. Joseph Lisoni fabricated Missfire’s independent suspension and innovative alloy rims, both of which would later become standard in racing vehicles of all types. Missfire has competed throughout California and Nevada, winning over 65 races.

Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum, gift of Joseph Lisoni