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Old 03-24-2009, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default The Johnny Eck "Special"



Our pals over at Jalopnik recently ran across a jewel of a historical story. Essentially, it's about a man named Johnny Eck who was born in 1911 with no legs, a truncated torso, and an unquenchable thirst for all things fast and mechanical. His life...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:31 AM   #2
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The grillle Shell on the Johnny Eck Special looks like the one on Dan Webbs Submarine recreation or a Miller.

Unfortunate what came of Johnny and his brother. I am sure the days in the Circus were some of his happiest.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:11 AM   #3
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Default Re: The Johnny Eck "Special"

I think he may have been one of the cast in the cult classic "Freaks". "One of us. One of us. One of us."
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:48 AM   #4
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Interesting story.....humans can suck at times. Looks like he made the rest of us look like freaks.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:58 AM   #5
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Default Re: The Johnny Eck "Special"

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I think he may have been one of the cast in the cult classic "Freaks". "One of us. One of us. One of us."
He was in "Freaks".

His car was at last year's Jalopyrama:

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Old 03-24-2009, 11:37 AM   #6
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Pretty amazing guy. Cool to hear he was a gear head...

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Old 03-24-2009, 11:42 AM   #7
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Built and Driven By Johnny !! Now that's cool !! >>>>.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:50 AM   #8
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Amazing story!!
Sad to hear how selfish people can suck the life out of someone who overcame such odds
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:55 AM   #9
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Ryan, you never cease to amaze me with the interesting stories you pull out of your hat.
Keep it up bro!
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:01 PM   #10
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Man, what a cool but ultimately very sad story. I grew up in MD, but across the bay on the easternshore. So, wasn't that intimate with Baltimore. Nice that such a cool guy was from my home state, but terrible to hear what happen to him in the end. Very sad. Glad his car is still around. Thanks for yet another wacky and fascinating story Ryan.

edit: check out the link to his museum if you didn't catch that:
http://www.johnnyeckmuseum.com/
some of his artwork is, hmm, a little interesting to say the least.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:16 PM   #11
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I like the comment "moral of the story: Baltimore still sucks".

Very sad ending...
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:19 PM   #12
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Just "wow".


That would be the last picture of the circus camp dog, Esmeralda, tragic.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:25 PM   #13
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That is a sad yet good story. Never heard of the guy really. Seen Freaks but didn't know that was him.
At least he was comfortable in the earlier part of his life. Makes me wonder how ppl would treat him now if he were still around and still young.
Good story, Ryan. Thanks for posting.

And yea, some of those pics and things he made are pretty weird. But cool never-the-less.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:40 PM   #14
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As freaks go, Eck was a major player, and with a much longer life span than many others. Also clearly a stronger character than, for example, the Lobster Boy. And his car is just as cool as it could be. It also warrants a nod to Maryland for licensing his little machine for street use. many places he would not have been able to do that.

I am gobsmacked by the whole thing. The car, and his sad ending.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:26 PM   #15
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It is equally sad we didnt get a chance to shake his and his brothers hand. Even more interestingly to me is the love, bond, and devotion of his Brother. Makes you appreciate what you have...or should.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:37 PM   #16
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Saw the car, like Toe mentioned, at last years Jalopyrama. Great story about a truly inspirational character. Never let anything stand in the way of his dreams. Shame about the pukes that broke in and beat up on a couple of elderly guys, one of whom was terribly handicapped. You gotta believe that there are tiny little corners of hell waiting for scumbags like that. Wonder if they were ever apprehended and punished.....Don.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:44 PM   #17
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Sad ending, but a truly inspirational story. Thanks for sharing Ryan!
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:32 PM   #18
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Thanks for posting...just spent 30 minutes reading about the movie "Freaks"...
Tried once to get a woman I was dating to watch it on TCM...she lasted about 3 minutes
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:09 PM   #19
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Those clowns are kinda disturbing, henchman clowns.
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:18 PM   #20
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"...and if any of you rely on some lame excuse why your project sits unfinished in the garage, consider it nullified!"
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