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History An Unknown Roadster

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Sep 21, 2022.

  1. caprockfabshop
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    ATLANTA, GA — September 6, 1948: Hal Robson, driving a 1946 Kurtis/Duray for owner Ross Page, finished fourth in the AAA Indy Car race at Lakewood Speedway. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

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    Ted Horn #1 and Hal Robson #26 battle through the sweeping corners of the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds - 1948

    Found a few more once I knew the manufacturer and the driver's involved.

    ~Peter
     
  2. Ryan
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    That car is straight up rad.
     
  3. 50Fraud
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    There's an early Kurtis at the Petersen with a plexi headrest. I was told that Kurtis tried the plexi part thinking that it would improve peripheral visibility, but didn't like it once it was completed and never did another one.
    I was also told that it was powered by a supercharged Miller built by Leon Duray.
    I assume that it's the same car. It's now painted solid maroon.
     
  4. @50Fraud it is the same car. There are several photos in the link I posted above and it mentions it being donated to the Petersen.
     
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  5. That tail though... baby got back!
     
  6. DDDenny
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    That car looks absolutely svelte compared to the "lump" next to it.
     
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    Man watch your elbow!
     
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    Can you imagine "wheeling" that roadster around on a dirt track?
     
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    Yes
     
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  10. drtrcrV-8
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    I only met Fred Agabashian in his later years, although I talked to him quite a bit after I met him. One hell of a nice guy & a real gentleman !! He was the kind of person who "Put his pants on one leg at a time"! & always had time for the "little people"!
     
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  11. Stogy
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    What an awesome beast...I know why the fella at the wheel is smiling...with the names behind its existence how could you not be in a state of euphoria sitting in it let alone be able to pilot it...

    A dangerous time in the sport but also one of it's most elegant...and it's still with us...to cool...

    The influence to Hotrod and even Custom for that matter is highly evident...Frank was a truly influential man with a very high bar with his knowledge, vision and workmanship...

    Great Thread and thanks to all those connecting the dots to this Art that goes...
     
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  12. Stogy
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    There's another beast of a Hotrod that really borrows inspiration from this lanky swooper...I have to snoop...:)
     
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  13. Stogy
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    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum...g-lakester-unusual-build.380935/#post-4132999

    https://kustomrama.com/wiki/The_Bob_Weinberg_Roadster

    :rolleyes:...Ah yes inspiration is a beautiful thing...this is the Bob Weinberg Lakester/Roadster...who inspired who really...no matter both are truly Art in my opinion...it was actually labeled a 32 Ford and built upon a 32 Ford frame I believe...

    The bottom of two images was shared by Hamber @Lowlife at the Hamb Thread at the link above where more details exist...

    It actually was a pretty incredibly detailed very sophisticated build as well and still exists in a Stealthy Black cofiguration...
     
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  14. Ryan
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    One of the most under appreciated hot rods ever built...
     
  15. WOW- how did I EVER miss that thread :eek::eek::eek:!!!

    Wish the pics weren't gone into "photobucket pergatory":(
     
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  16. Stogy
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    There's a couple more but not extensively covered here but for some single pic cameos but is was roadworthy and featured in magazines, books and Kustomrama has a good blurb on it at the link I shared...I'd have loved to see them on the track together...that would have been cool...
     
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  17. sololobo
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    What fantastic history revealed here. This car is a long low gazelle, the image of it racing with the more traditional stubby look of the usual racer really shows how streamlined the beauty is. I am thrilled by these early race machines, thanx gang for all the info on this stunner.
     
  18. WhitewallWill
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    Incredible car for so many reasons. It looks fantastic but, the engineering under that skin to pull it off - in 1946 no less. I'm inspired - which is exactly the point!
     

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