The Jalopy Journal
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Race Car Transportation
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very Cool - Thanks
Trailer looks a little light weight but I suspect the car doesn't weigh too much. HRP
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Love these race car trailers above. The racers on them are very interesting.
When starting out racing,most all through the years likely do mostly the same flat tow thing with one guy driving the towed car an one pulling. That gets old fast!!
After only a few weekends of towing a race car to the track the hard way,nearly all get or build a trailer or hauler!
Having started in the 1950s,I went through those steps too.
From right after WW2 on, one of the most common ways to build a race car trailer,was with leftover WW2 "Marston Mat"=steel temp runway mat that locked together.
So looking at most home built racecar trailers,you can right away see lots of holes in trailer ramps.
I still have an use one of the trailers I built that way in the early 1960s.
I love seeing all those old photos of Indianapolis!
Cool stuff, I remember tow bars , chain threw pipe then ramp truck,
Chain threw pipe up until about 1976, track was less then 10 miles away for most ,
I have always been fascinated with the trucks and trailers that transport racecars. These are a couple of examples, 1st is Ken Crawford, who owned a couple muffler shops, and had a sanitary dragster as well. The other is a Hardtop/ Modified racer out of Washington. Me, I will be using my COE, with a 14-1/2' box.
This was around 2005 ish IHRA T/F meet @ Buds Creak Md , then afterwards Clay Milligan hook them up with Warner enterprise trucking company to help Fond there racing Program ""Twilight Zone"""
Dream setup right here.
It's so refreshing to see so many tow vehicles that aren't monstrous trucks. I realize that most of the cars towing in these photos had V8 engines, but it's a good reminder that a giant truck isn't absolutely needed to get your race car to the track.
Although being able to easily merge with traffic while the A/C is on, and cruise at 70+mph aren't terrible things...
I believe the T roadster pickup with the number 5 car on it, are currently in Speedy Bills Museum of American Speed, in Lincoln Neb. Edit, found a photo.
Going to be very handy to haul a race car, and have my lodging with me as well. It was an excellent candidate, as the truck had only 53,000 mi, with minor dings, an zero rust. The seat still has the original cover.
Yeah, that thing is super rad.
PLEASE!....More photos of old FED trailers! Will be needing to build one in (hopefully) the near future.
IMHO towing a race car on an open trailer does so much to promote racing going down the highway compared to people only seeing white cubes going down the road. If more kids see a race car on an open trailer heading to the track on a Saturday afternoon it will probably have some of them begging to go to the races!!! That's what helped me get hooked on cars about 55 or 60 years ago.
Tommy Ivo's Barnstormer.
A local circle tracking used this converted Ford bus to haul his stock car in the 1970s.
My buddy Scott has been tow barring his jalopy T behind his F100.
And Scott recently purchased this complete wagon and dragster set up. He made his first pass in the FED last weekend.
In the 50's Doc Moore raced Y-class Hydro'.
He is the man who first showed me how to build a race engine;,He was also head guy at Southern Air ,Miami Fla.<for those that don't know"It was a undercover CIA thing"That fluw top secret suff were ever it was needed." How's this for,how too get too a race fast out west from Florida.
Yeah, I know, you can barely see the trailer. First year, 2002, at Bonneville running my roadster. Three runs to record -- one to get on the long course, one to qualify, one to back it up -- 190 MPH. Boy, is this easy! Don't forget to thank Steve Batchelor, Al Simon and Norm Porter. The trailer says D Street and the car says 3076 D/Street Roadster. That's where I live.
This is my set - up . '64 Dodge 330 , sbc with mechanical Hilborn injection in the dragster.
When tanks were still allowed in front of the grille
Your 1967 Daytona 500 winner. It makes you wonder how we survived all these years without huge transporters, hospitality haulers.
Thank you for these great pics!
Obviously being in the transporting business, this kind of stuff always catches my eye. The imagination that it took to build some of these are amazing! While not in the Hamb friendly era, I remember my first trailer that I pulled my race car to Norwalk in '80/'81 (before I got something decent). It was a miracle I made it back & forth, the damn thing sagged in the rear after I loaded the car on it. Wish I had a picture of it, but up until probably '98-'00 I only took a couple of pictures a year!
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