Herbert Scheel

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31 Jul 1894
Sauk City, Wisconsin


26 Jun 1973
Dallas, Texas


United States

Indy 500s:

0 (1923-1924)

An engineer from St. Louis, who developed the Scheel-Frontenac for Chevrolet. Scheel was a dirt track specialist who then became a car mechanic in Indiana before setting up his own engineering company, the Scheel Motors Corporation, where,he invented, patented and used a rotary valve engine. Although he ran the company, the shareholders of the company were furious with Herbert for his Indianapolis 500 attempt as he used company money to finance his ultimately unsuccessful venture! Later moved to Texas, working among other things, as a explorer, treasure hunter and adventurer overseas before settling back to Texas and becoming a mechanic.

Biography last updated 25 Jun 2017