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Old 01-25-2008, 10:30 AM   #1
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The following is a letter and a series of photos that I received from Charles Heyer. Enjoy the history.[INDENT]Hi Ryan,

Thanks for offering to look at my story about my father's rac...

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Old 01-25-2008, 10:38 AM   #2
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god i love history! thanks ryan and thank you Charles Heyer.
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Old 01-25-2008, 10:38 AM   #3
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Photos and stories like that are humbling. It's easy to lose sight of the true roots of what we love with all of the glitz and glamour in the majority of the hot rodding/custom world that we see through magazines, car shows, movies and in our own garage.
I see old photos and hear stories like that and I look at their faces, their clothes, their strong arms and broad backs and realize that they were REAL men; Hard working daredevils with balls big enough to push with a wheelbarrow. Something to live up to, and if not, at least to respect.
I sure hope Charles Hyer finds that car some day.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:00 AM   #4
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That's a great looking car there. I hope somehow it survived and will be found by someone one day. Really wild looking from the front to see such a narrow car.

I wonder if he has anymore photos of the car?
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:11 AM   #5
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That narrow front end looks "fishy" to me.

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Old 01-25-2008, 11:19 AM   #6
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Simply amazing... thank you Ryan for excellent content such as this!
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:20 AM   #7
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Very cool.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:40 AM   #8
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Jeez, and the gumption to hop in and put her sideways! Humbling.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:56 AM   #9
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more Yip Yip...

Originally Posted by Flipper View Post
That narrow front end looks "fishy" to me.
Steve McQueen's got nothing on me.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:09 PM   #10
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Awesome story..... but you forgot the part about finding the car after all these years in it's original glory.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:30 PM   #11
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Realy cool car, im sure its still out there sitting, waiting.
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:02 PM   #12
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The engine is an overhead valve inline 6, built before the straight 8's. They were pretty reliable but not all that strong, and very out of date by the mid thirties. A perfect candidate for a Ford Flathead if it had been used into the 1940's... wonder if it still exists and it still has the Buick 6?
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:29 PM   #13
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:40 PM   #14
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That car looks European to me, particularly French. What was his styling influence, other than aerodynamics and driver safety?
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:05 PM   #15
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We need to exercise the "Power of the HAMB",and help unearth this historic car. Thanks for sharing this story,lets finish it with a great ending.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:55 PM   #16
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the race isnt always to win.. its about the finesse of the driver... awesome car!
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:16 PM   #17
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Way too cool !
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:36 PM   #18
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Wow, I love a good story. But one with photo's to back it up is even better.

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Old 01-25-2008, 06:26 PM   #19
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Charles: Great story, and those photos are awesome. I can appreciate how difficult it is to find a car that had family ties. In regards to my Dad's "Venus", the Massachusetts owners found me as opposed to my finding them. Had a name plate "Venus" not existed on the body, they would not have known what it was called, nor would they have ever been able to do a Google image search to eventually find my website.

Other than what you're doing by spreading the word, I wouldn't know how in the heck you would find this car except to start hunting in every auto bone yard in a 100 mile radius, or even placing picture ads in little town newspapers in the vicinity. But hard to think that anyone would scrap a racer like this.

Ever thought of building one from scratch from just the photos? That would be awesome!!

Thanks to Ryan for bringing this story to us, and thanks for submitting it. I love this stuff! Anymore photos?

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Old 01-25-2008, 06:29 PM   #20
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1930's, home-built race car, throws some dirt, converted for the street. That's hot rodding in pure form.
She's wearin' new colors and runnin' pretty good
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