Lealand "Tempe Tornado" McSpadden

Lealand in the car


Lealand with his JW Hunt hat

Lealand visiting with the Wags at the Chili Bowl

Lealand visiting with The Wags in 1991

Lealand giving Wags what for

Lealand with Kim Lafond

Lealand receiving a most fast times award at the CRA banquet

Lealand with Ellen Ellis and Mike English

Lealand with Wags, The Barber and Matt Pecharich

Lealand autographing Ellen's sign with Joe

Lealand talking with my son Kevin Wagner, Richard Griffin and the Bakersfield promotor

Lealand with his daughter and Keith Hall

Lealand, Janet, Michelle and Gene Tussing tailgating at Susquehanna in PA

Lealand with Sylvia Watkins at Susquehanna tailgate

Lealand and Janet with The Wags

Janet and Mrs Wags at Manzy

Lealand with Wags

Lealand and Wags

Lealand and Janet with Mrs Wags plus Stephan and Judy Pettigrew

Lealand at the Ellis Hacienda with an Aussie

Lealand about to go racing ..... on a barstool

Lealand leading as his competitor looks in trouble

Lealand with son Jeff and daughter Michelle

Lealand introduced

Janet with Ed Rausch

Lealand with The Wags and Joe Ellis


Lealand with Ellen

Lealand and Verne Sweeney

Lealand in the # 50 car

Lealand and Wags

Lealand with Cory and Carrie Kruseman

Family Portrait


Lealand bid on this side piece with the JW Hunt strawberry held by Marilyn Thomas in the Wags auction and Jim Naylor has a question


Lealand with a friend of Darleen Dils

Lealand signing Tory's t-shirt with Mrs Wags and her son Chris looking on

Lealand with Bubby

Lealand and Ellen


Lealand and Mrs Wags

Lealand autographing at the Wagsdash. He was the 1999 Grand Marshal

Lealand with Wags, Jay Agajanian and Jimmy Oskie

Lealand with Jay Agajanian and Jimmy Oskie

Lealand in the Ford Pinto

Lealand getting settled

Lealand with his Pinto ride

Lealand and Janet with The Wags and Joe Ellis and Norm Bogan

Lealand and Wags

Lealand with Tony Simon and Cory Kruseman

Lealand getting a Wagtimes award from Wags with jay Agajanian

Lealand getting the framed Wagsdash Lealand poster from Steve Lafond

Lealand and Wags passing autographed pictures to each other

Lealand at the Ellis Hacienda

Lealand and Janet at dinner with Wags and more

Lealand doing autographs at the Manzy Hall of Fame race

Lealand autographing

Lealand still signing

Lealand talking

Lealand signing for Ellen

Lealand signing still

Lealand getting honored at the Legends of Ascot

Lealand and their big family at Manzy

Lealand autographing

Lealand with Keith Brian and Wags

Lealand and Janet with The Wags and Joy Paulson at Calistoga

Lealand Interviewed by Jay Agajanian

Lealand interviewed by Chris Holt

Lealand and Wags

Lealand and Janet at the river

Lealand with Tony Simon and Dean Thompson

Lealand and another trophy

Lealand visiting

Lealand and Janet with Bubby

Lealand in the DSD # 91

Lealand and Wags

Lealand helping Bondio at the Chili Bowl

Lealand working

Lealand and Janet with the Wags

Lealand and Janet and Jeff

Lealand with The Gasman, Ron Chaffin, The Demon and Mike Spencer

Lealand with Shane Carson

Lealand with Lee Vodden, Don Read, Cory Kruseman and Wags

Lealand and Janet with Wags

Lealand and The Wags

Lealand with the Hanford trophy girl Evelyn Pratt


Lealand getting an award from Keith Hall

Lealand and Janet with Mickey Meyer

Lealand and family coming to Canyon

Lealand and Janet with Jimmy Oskie at the AZ hall of Fame

Janet wandering the Hall of Fame

Lealand Legacy

Lealand and Wags

Lealand's thanks for the memories cake

Lealand at the Chili Bowl in the grandstands

Tempe Tornado

Lealand with Ralph Tracy and the #00 car


Lealand in 98 car

Lealand and trophy girl

Lealand and a trophy girl

Lealand with trophy girl

Lealand and the Gasman

Lealand with the Ford powered sprinter

Lealand with two cuties

Lealand with Chuck Gurney and Sammy Swindell

Lealand in the Bailey Brothers car

Lealand in the Bailey Brothers


Lealand with another trophy girl

Lealand in his car

Lealand ready to go

Lealand in Goodyear wear

Lealand and Janet at Joe's 80th party

Maintenance on the # 91 car on CRA tour 1993

The 92 race at Eldora killed the # 91 car when Lealand and Jack Hewitt got together. The next day at the Greenville Inn, Jack came over to help build a new car for that night

Lealand and Alex Morales working



and rebuild Checkered

lealand's trophy room at his old house back in the day

Lealand's 1992 CRA Championshiop trophy

More neat trophys

Another nice one

A TV trophy case

More trophies


Lealand and his special chair

More good stuff



More plaques

Janet with Kenny Shraeder model

Lealand visiting with Wags

Lealand and Wags

More trophies

Lealand messing with the headless dummy

Lealand and the Ellis duo

Wags checking out the dummy

Lealand and his chair

Lealand with Wags

More trophies

Janet with Joe and Ellen

Lealand's Wagtimes favorite driver 1993 award

A wall of awards

Big trophies

Janet McSpadden with Larry Ward a newspaper guy


Lealand fete


Photos of Lealand and Janet


Lealand's rides

# 91

# 91

# 91 with Scotty Burns

Lealand and Deano

# 91

# 91

# 91 and # 47

# 91

# 91

# 91

# 50

# 50 push by Workin Woody 75

# 75

# 00

# 75


The Tempe Tornado


Lealand is a two time CRA Champion. He won 92 CRA Main events. Up thru 1992 he had 54 fast times, 44 trophy dash wins and 69 Main event wins. I don't have the totals for his last 3 years of racing, but he was pretty good. One of the most charismatic drivers who was the example of how to interact with everyone, fans and racers alike, as his legendary career unfolded. He was the best with fans, staying until the lines to visit with him were empty and he could load up and go home. He often manhandled his cars as he won without brakes, missing shocks and flat tires, never giving up. He won with junkboxes and evil handling cars. He once told me, he never raced his competitors, but raced against himself, trying to go faster and faster. That bit him a few times, especially one particular Western World in a black car, but he competed to the Nth degree, always on the gas hard. He is in the Knoxville and Arizona Hall of fame's. The man is just plain the greatest! He won a lot of big races including the Western World and the Chili Bowl. He was the Wagtimes favorite Driver in 1993 and the Wagsdash Grand Marshal in 1999.

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