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A Pitts biplane, suspended in the museum entry, greets visitors as they arrive in the lobby.

There’s always something of interest to see just off Route 66!

Racing on Route 66?

Treat yourself to some exciting automotive history -
the Justice Brothers private museum

By Jim McGowan -- Automedia 2000: April, 2013

Route 66, the “Mother Road” from Chicago to California, is arguably one of the most famous stretches of pavement on the globe. Auto enthusiasts from around the world come to America just to travel its approximately 2448 historic miles. Opened for travel in 1926, it became the escape road for dust bowl migrants heading west to start a new life. Without Route 66, Steinbeck probably wouldn’t have written the Grapes Of Wrath! What could be a more fitting location for The Private Automotive Collection Of Ed and Susan Justice, Jr. but along side this historic road in Duarte, California.

The three brothers Ed, Lawrence (Zeke) and James (Gus) Justice were raised in Paola, Kansas during the depression. To earn money they started repairing bicycles, moved up to doing car repairs and eventually honed their skills for bigger things. After moving to California, the Justice boys started building midget race cars for the famous Kurtis Kraft shop and worked evenings doing car repair. This love of all things automotive eventually led to their starting their own business developing, manufacturing and distributing car care products. The Justice Brothers, Inc. was formed and it’s still a family run international business.

The company has been an avid sponsor of virtually every facet of competition motorsports since the Forties, and the collection reflects that fact. On display are some of the earliest oval track racers still in existence, and you’ll see the Justice Brothers logo on most of the vehicles.

Today, Ed Justice, Jr. is President and CEO of the company, and maintains the museum that he and his father, Ed Sr., established in 1985. The collection of historic vehicles, memorabilia, photography, classic gas pumps, etc. is extensive and includes vintage race cars, street rods, classics, racing engines and even a Pitts biplane. Each year the company publishes their award winning racing calendar, which is available via the internet or at the museum. Admission is free and the museum is open weekdays from 9AM until 5PM. Car club tours are available by appointment.

So, if you’re a true automotive enthusiast traveling all, or just the western part of America’s Route 66, make a point of pulling into the Justice Brothers museum and enjoy!

Justice Brothers, Inc.
2734 Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010
626-359-9174
Fax: 626-357-2550
www.justicebrothers.com 

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Ed Justice, Sr., who passed away in 2008, along with Ed, Jr. built and maintained the collection since 1985. Ed, Jr. is constantly on the search for new additions to the collection, preserving these rare vehicles for posterity.

New historic racecars are constantly being added to the display. Number 93 Is a Kurtis-Kraft built racer campaigned in ’47, sold and then bought back by it’s original owner 40-years later, then raced again!

The museum has far more than just racecars; a wide variety of hot rods and classics are included in the display. This Mooneyes roadster was a magazine favorite in the day.

Engineering and dazzling aesthetics were just as important in the twenties and thirties they are today. This Dreyer racer looks sleek in gleaming black and red.

This rare 1930’s Indy racecar is the Smith Master Valve Special. The car features a 1928 motor, with a patented rotary valve head, and was built by Harry Lewis. This car never made it to the “Brick Yard”, but exceeded 100 MPH for 35 miles at another

This is a 1939 Offy-powered Kurtis, which incorporates the body “diapered” around the chassis. This is the first Kurtis racecar ever built and it was raced by Charlie Allen.

Alan Heath won the 1958 Riverside 500 in this Ford V8/60 powered Kurtis which was owned by Dutch Hurd. Heath beat Parnelli Jones and a host of European road race drivers that year.

What auto museum would be complete without a completely restored Bugatti. The craftsmanship on this car is incredible. And like all the cars in the collection, it runs and drives.

Notice the hundreds of vintage racing photos on the walls behind these two Sixties era drag machines. The blue vehicle is the Minor/Beck rear engine dragster that was the 1963 World Champion Top Fuel winner.

Three in a row, perfectly restored dirt track racers. All the cars can be inspected freely, without guard ropes. When possible, a history of each vehicle is also displayed.