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Robert George "Tat" Tattersall
Birth: Jul. 27, 1924
Pennsbury Village
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 27, 1971
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA

Robert George "Two Gun" Tattersall lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, October 27, 1971.

He is survived by his wife, Dee (nee Dolores Ligora).
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Published: The Herald News
October 28, 1971

The inevitable end finally came Wednesday for Streator resident Bob Tattersall, 47, who succumbed to cancer after a four-year battle with the disease.

"Tat", who became a legend in his own time to thousands of auto racing fans throughout the United States and Australia, died at home with his wife Delores at his side.

His man accomplishments are well known. A driving veteran of 20 years, he began his career in Streator with stock cars but quickly switched to midges, which were to become his stock and trade the rest of his life.

Bob ran for several years with Joliet's United Auto Racing Association and finished the first part of his career by attaining stardom locally with back-to-back UARA driving crowns in 1957 and 1958.

For the nest dozen campaigns, Tattersall won the hearts of fans nationwide while running with the United States Auto Club.

USAC's national midget crown seemed an eternally elusive prize to him. He placed fourth in 1962, '66 and '67. In 1968, he was third. A record (at that time) 12 features were won by him in 1965 but he still finished as the runner-up.

After a decade of USAC competition, Tattersall dominated the midget division throughout 1969 to reign as the national champion, undoubtedly his greatest racing achievement. During that season he won 11 features and finished second nine times. In 1970 his last as an active driver, he finished third in point standings despite being sidelined several weeks by serious foot burns.

"Tat" was battling cancer as early as 1967. It was then that the decorated World War II paratrooper had surgery to remove a diseased kidney. Although other men would call a halt to such a demanding career following such an operation, Bob pressed on harder than ever.

Tattersall lived life the hard way and laughed at its pressures and disappointments. He was perhaps a man from another era when times were rough and driver's actions on and off the track were rougher.

The sleepless nights towing his car from on race track to another . . . the crashes and injuries one night but racing nonetheless the next night . . . the good times and the parties in between. This was the life "Tat" knew and loved.

Anyone who had seen this versatile champion in action swore that a race car would have become his coffin. And if he had had it his way, it probably would have.

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Published: The Herald News
Monday, June 28, 2004

Racing Hall of Fame Highlights Grundy County Fair
Legends: Tattersall, Saylor to be inducted

MORRIS - The 100th Grundy County Fair will have more than just the standard fare this year. Included among the agricultural exhibits, food stands and rides will be the Mazon Speed Bowl and Grundy County Speedway Racers Hall of Fame inductions. On display will be vintage racecars, trophies, videos and more than 500 photos, some of which date back to 1926 at the Mazon Fair.
On Friday, July 2 at 2 p.m., racers such as Bob Tattersall and Tony Saylor will be honored as part of the racing history at the Grundy County Fair over the last 78 years, racing at both the Mazon Speed Bowl and the Grundy County Speedway.
Tattersall was without a doubt the most successful racer from this part of the country. He grew up in Seneca, but moved to Streator, where he started his racing career. Mazon Speed Bowl fans, along with race fans from throughout the area, will remember Tattersall in a Ford coupe stock car at the Speed Bowl, running full-throttle. He drove to win, or crashed trying to win, picking up more than his share of both wins and crashes. When he moved to midget racing, his determination and will to win ended up winning over even more fans.
In 1955, Tattersall got a ride in the Frank Pavese KurtisKrart Ford C8-60, and the midget fans had a new hero. Anyone who saw Tattersall in the beautiful cram and red No. 27 will never forget the hard charger who drove to win and the car that carried him to victory.
In his first year in the No. 27 "Offy Killer" car, Tattersall ran at Terre Haute, Indiana where he ran against the Offys of the old AAA and won his heat. In 1956, the Pavese No. 27 carried Tattersall to the UARA Midget Championship, a title he won again in 1958. In 1956, Tattersall became a charter member of USAC, a new racing association that replaced AAA.
During the years 1957-59, Tattersall was racing all over the country in sprint cars and midges, running with IMCA, NASCAR, UARA, CORA, CSRA, ARC and USAC. The winter of 1958-59 was Tattersall's first run in Australia and New Zealand, the start of 13 years of midget racing in three countries.
Known in Australia as "Two Gun Tattersall", he was - and remains today - the fans' all-time favorite. He was both popular and competitive in Australia and New Zealand, winning 16 different racing championships.
In 1960, Tattersall moved to USAC full time and finished fifth in midget points. He was in the top 10 from 1962-1970, peaking with a championship in 1969. In 1967, he finished fourth despite missing nearly two months after having a kidney removed.
Tattersall passes away on October 27, 1971; never to be forgotten by those who saw him race.
Saylor, whose given name is Tony Suligoy, raced and won at racetracks all over the country. He is probably the only driver who can say that he raced midges on the dirt at Mazon and then when the Speed Bowl was built, he had the privilege of racing both midgets and stock cars on the asphalt track. When he retired from driving, he became a successful car owner with drivers like Jim Hurtubise and Tattersall. It was Tattersall who took Saylor's Offenhauser midget to Australia. After a successful season and plenty of wins, the car was sold and remains in Australia. It has been totally restored and is retired from competition. Saylor still lives in Rockdale. [Find A Grave Memorial# 22283917]

Hillcrest Memorial Park
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Mar 14, 2011
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Never forgotten. Say 'hi' to my folks and everyone else.
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 Added: Oct. 27, 2014
Happy Birthday! Enjoy your Heavenly celebration and say 'hi' to my folks and Saylor.
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 Added: Jul. 27, 2014
Say 'hi' to my folks and everyone else.
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