With the passing of Bill Hines I figured that I'd do a post of another leaded vehicle. Bill being the "Lead Slinger" extraordinaire and Clem's original build having a lot of it, I just thought that it was time to post a thread about this car. About 19 years ago I was talking to a friend (Harry) and his daughter (Caroline). She was building a pretty cool original 32 Ford Roadster that her dad bought so long ago that I can't remember, It's since been sold as a body only and is in CO. At that time Caroline had acquired a pretty cool 29 roadster body that she wanted to build. I saw it sitting on saw horses, thought that it would make a pretty damn cool roadster. It wasn't for sale. Well it seems that Caroline bought this off of a mutual friend of ours up in Nor Cal - Jim Palmer = (Pacific Gunsight Special 32 Roadster). She had intentions to build it. It wasn't to be. Lots of medical problems ensued with Caroline so she rang me up and said, "You looked at that 29 body, Well I think that it was in the 1st GNRS". I looked for it in the backgrounds.but didn't really see it. She said why don't you become it's new owner, I thought at the time, Sure-I'll take it on. The deal was made and I now had to store it. (When I say that, I mean that I'm tight on space, not a whole lot of room with a angled back yard,I'm surprised what I fit back there). When I really started to study it, I thought, perhaps Caroline was right? The cowl on this 29 was radically reshaped, but only in the A-pillar-windsheild post area where it appears that there was a DuVall or Hallock style windshield. I looked through Don Montgomery Books-Hot Rods of the Forties. In there I saw a car that was owned by Art McCormick. It had similar body work, but it was channeled and this one wasn't. Art's 29 had filled rear wheel wells, and a V'd windscreen as did this one. His sat really low, and I couldn't tell what kind of dash Art's had. This one had a Hammer welded 40 dash in it. This one had a rear rolled pan, but the kicker was the tapered door tops. This wasn't Art's old car…. Well I decided to take a bunch of pictures of the cowl where the mods were done. Took a while to develop the 35mm film. So I put it on a cart to roll it around the back yard and I was really studying that cowl again. I had a roadster cowl just sitting on an A-Chassis in the garage, it had a radiator on it and I had made a 3 piece hood for a pals car back in 1987, we changed that one out for a custom made Terry Hegman one so I had the old one to put on something down the road. Well I'm setting the hood sides on the roadster cowl on the chassis in the garage and I decide to fit them up to the modified cowl of the complete 29 roadster body. WTH!!!? the hood sides are 4 1/2"taller in height than the side of this roadsters cowl. Got out the tape measure and sure enough, It was sectioned. That brought me back to those doors. I remembered that I took some pix of it. While talking to Eric Loe-a fellow PRC member I mentioned the body-cowl, a couple of meetings later he shows up with a 4x6" B&W picture of a roadster with its driver sitting right behind the wood SCTA timing stand. He said "Take a look at this"-I'm like "That's It!!!! He also had a 3x5" Blue Index card with the name 'Clem Waske, So California Roadster Club May 25th,1947 (1st meet of 1947)=also the largest ever. 265B Roadster (Edelbrock Equip) 109.48. Now I had a name!!!! It was an official 40's Dry Lakes Racer and had a history, now all I had to do was track it all down. Well that's a lot easier said than done. I was working on my 32 Roadster for the company and keeping the other cars on the road on top of working a normal job. Well, weeks went by with me asking if anyone knew Clem Waske. No one knew him. I know that I had never heard his name, perhaps I wasn't looking in the right places. Now months and finally years have gone by and I meet meet HAMBers Woodie Mike and paintslinger805 at our PRC Picnic in 2011. A few more years go by and paintslinger805 started his thread on the re-creation of his Grampa Elmer's 32 PRC car. We started talking about things and he's become a pal. Through this build of his he's finding all kinds of great stuff. Other HAMBer's started to chime in and one just happened to post SCTA,CTA Lakes Programs. One guy in particular was h gasser from Ventura. I PM'd him and asked if he could look up a name in his programs. (I had Jim Miller = SCTA-AHRF look in Dec,15). Got a little bit of info, but h gasser really came through!!!!! He sent the pages of where Clem and 265B was along even with an image with his whole club awards dinner w/special guests Veda & Karl Orr. Now there was a face. If only I knew which one he was??? Well I decided to look in the San Diego,CA. area for people with the last name of Waske. I actually found where Clem had lived, but he hadn't lived there since 1992, Come to find out that he past away in 1993… I continued to look to see if he had any relatives living in the area still, perhaps a son?? He did, so I put together a little package of what little I had for photos, the copies of the programs and a little history of where & how his dad's old car had been since 1972 when found in Gilroy,CA. by Jim Palmer. I sent the package off last thursday after hesitating for a couple of days as I wasn't really sure if he'd even want to know about it. On Saturday after I returned from the Dry Lakes opener, I look over the the email and what do I see, but an enthusiastic reply from Clem's son-Doc. What a ride!!!!!! I decided to call him on Sunday afternoon and we had a great conversation. In one of the programs it said that Clem started sketching a cartoon on a napkin at the awards banquet that stayed with the So Cal Roadster Club's Archives-(I wonder where they are now?) So I find out that Doc is also an artist, both were sign painters by trade. This is supposed to be about building cars or traditional cars, but I really haven't said whats been going on with the body during all that time. Here's a very short synopsis. The body took a trip up north to Santa Rosa with Keith Tardel and Rex Rods. Keith had a few changes going on, but we always thought that we'd get back on it again down the road-he provided a great core engine and a very cool dropped axle. In 2015, I decided that the 29's time had come to be worked on, so a pal that I grew up with and I started to work on the places that warranted attention after 86 yrs. of its original build and 70 yrs. after its lead-if-cation. We have it in gray primer now and it still needs some work. Over all that time I collected pretty much everything that I need to make it whole again just as Clem had it save for the speed equipment. I'm looking forward to talking with Doc soon in person and look over the albums and see the trophies and timing tags that Clem won, so follow along as The Clem Waske 265B Roadster comes back to life. I know that I don't have all of the parts so I'll post what I'm looking for as we get to that point. It's been a slow build, but I hope that I can really get it moving soon..