thank you once again , claymore . i could not get that pic to post , no matter how hard i tried . that's when claymore told me that "bitmap" photos can be difficult to upload , so he offered to post this and others for me . this pic shows godfather ralph with curtis turner's '62 USAC ford . tho he'd been banned from nascar the year before , ol' pops continued his good relationship with FoMoCo , so HM provided a car for him to run in USAC , and , i believe some MARC [ later to become ARCA] races . curtis won the pikes peak hill climb that year - i believe setting a new record - in what was only his second try . even A. j . foyt never tried pikes peak , and i've always wondered why . OK , that "fence" on the front of curtis' car that claymore and tom asked about ? that's actually a cow catcher . you see , most of USAC's races were run in the midwest , often at county fairs , state fairs , etc . the 4 H clubs were always at these affairs with their livestock , and these young people were notorious for letting their animals roam free while they wandered around enjoying the fair . often these critters would wander onto the track during the race , so drivers took their cue from railroad locomotives , which employed heavy duty bumpers to push cattle off the track . as most of the critters that roamed onto race tracks were much smaller that cows [they might range from chickens to pigs ] the cars didn't need the massive bumpers that locomotives used . usually chicken wire or some lightweight fencing served the purpose . and that's the reason for the stock car cow catcher . oh , and if any of you guys are interested , i own a large bridge - located in brooklyn - and i've been thinking about selling it . would any of you care to make me an offer ? : ACTUALLY , that apendage on the front of curtis' car is there to keep rocks and mud from hitting or clogging the radiator . they were used extensively back in the day on dirt tracks - and maybe still today , for all i know , as i haven't been to a race since....well , the last time i went to a race i saw REAL cars . to go into a little more detail , the type of screen as seen on pops' car was usually called a shaker screen . this was because the screen would be mounted in such a way that it would shake and bounce everytime the car hit a bump ,which would shake the dirt and mud loose from the screen , allowing air to flow thru to the radiator . sometimes mechanics would suspend large nuts or other pieces of metal from a chain attached to the top of the screen . these would bounce against the screen when the car was at speed , again knocking the caked up mud from the screen . they ran these screens in nascar , too , and just about everywhere they ran on dirt tracks . now about that bridge... i'd really like to sell it , so any reasonable offer will be considered .... call me at  555-5551 after 6 pm .