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Post-War 'Hot Rods' at Indy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, May 31, 2013.

  1. Jive-Bomber
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    Thanks very much for sharing... Looks to be a very interesting article... Off to read it now...
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    Great list, but it could have stopped at 1959, style wise. The Foyt car is cool, but at that point, with the nose change, the early style was all but gone.

    Getting into cars during the mid-sixties, I used to love Indy cars and dirt cars. The early cars influenced the soap box and go carts my friends and I built. By the mid 70's, the thrill was gone completely.
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    The Blue Crowns arrive at Indy 1948.

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    I like them all, thanks for sharing.
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    A minor addition/correction.

    "1952: Troy Ruttman in a Kuzma/Offy car. Troy was only 22 when he won Indy (still the youngest racer ever to do so). The Agajanian Special #98 had a beautiful track nose and a fantastic red flame job over cream paint. It was one of the earliest racers to use disc brakes converted from military aircraft"

    The pre-war Gulf Miller cars had disc brakes. They had essentially a clutch disc pushed by a bladder against the face of a "drum".
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    IMHO any list of post-war Hot Rods at Indy should include:

    1: Any car that attempted to qualify that was built on 'Thunder Alley' in Culver City.
    2: Any Mickey Thompson effort.
    3: Any stock-block effort including Smokey Yunick and yes, even Dan Gurney's stock-block efforts...JIC you forget, Gurney employed Phil Remington-a Hot Rod pioneer.
    4: Any Indy car that John Buttera worked on. He may not be a pre-64 guy but surely a supremely talented fabricator.
    5: Any Indy car that Dean Jeffries painted.
    6: Any Indy car Larry Shinoda crewed on. Shinoda owned and dragged the 'Chopsticks Special'.

    I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting a bunch more...:rolleyes:
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    This hangs in my office at Bettenhausen Automotive. The caption reads:

    "Tony Bettenhausen - former AAA Champion. One of all-time greats of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. His eight championship wins in 1951 set a record for the most races of that type won in one season. To date, he has been victorious in 16 such events."

    circa 1952



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    I've always loved the older Indy cars.
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    Great stuff, Bomber. Thanks
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    Its interesting to look at the stands behind the cars and see how they changed over the years. Also the non electronic leader board.
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    For stunning looks and performance, you just can't beat the 1956 rear wheel drive Novi. Paul was showin em a thing or two till his tire blew out.

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    Ho hum . . . just some gorgeous Indy racers . . . tough crowd to stir up, I guess.

    Interesting how a few of them have the body tucked behind front tires.

    Great stuff Jay, thanks.
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    I've been studying these cars and am fascinated with the diversity of their designs.
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    1. Florida HAMBER'S

    Having recently attended the Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance, I was filled with a new appreciation for these early Indy cars. Yes, the "Millers" were primarly pre-war, but there was a few later models on display.

    My Hot Rod Uncle and his pals would make the annual trek to Indy, throughout the 50's and 60's, for time trials week. Remember seeing his 8mm home movies, at Sunday gatherings. My aunt said that a horrific crash (and 4 children)made her stop going.

    My involvement in proffessional motorsports, also allows me to make a comparison between then and now. Modern day race cars are like space ships, where carbon fiber rules, chrome and fancy paint are too heavy. Weight is the enemy. Our Bimmer' and Aston Martin are "wrapped" instead of painted. As beautiful as some of the F1, Indy cars and Prototypes are...they don't have the flash that those Watson era Roadsters did. Indy is actually one of the tracks on my "Bucket List". Heading to Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glenn in the next few weeks. Will share this story with our crew cheif.

    JT
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    Paul Cantarano ran his car in 1950. He and I visited Indy in 2000. We parked our RV's in A.J. Watson's yard. At that time AJ was building replicas of his roadster, using Offies that he was resurrecting from broken parts, quite ingenious!
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    Make sure you visit the Indy Speedway museum.


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    My own list would have included J.C. Agajanian's "Ol' Calhoun," driven by the great Rufus Parnell Jones. That thing makes me shiver ... Parnelli led the 500 with that car as a rookie in 1961, says '62 should have been the easiest win of his life before the brakes went AWOL, won in '63, and blew up leading in 1964.

    So fast, AND so pretty: Ol' Freaking Calhoun.

    The beauty is, your list is YOUR list. We can all drool over the cars of our own daydreams, while appreciating others. And THANKS for the piece that kicked off this thread!

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