There are a couple of decent threads on the HAMB discussing the Doane Spencer roadster. However, I'm interested in learning more about the roadster as it was being prepped for the Mexican road race "La Carrera Panamericana", and the details of the roadster under the stewardship of Lynn Wineland. According to my research, Wineland bought the major pieces of the roadster from Doane Spencer sometime in 1956. Spencer had started selling parts off of the roadster after his plan to race the car in the La Carrera Panamericana fell by the wayside with the race being discontinued in 1955. Prior to 1955 Spencer had already rebuilt the chassis. He'd bobbed the frame horns front and rear, added through-the-frame exhaust, Z-ed the front of the frame, added a V8-60 front axle with new hairpins, built a substantial X-member, and raised the engine. At the point of Wineland's acquisition, the new frame/chassis looked very much like it does in the following photos...with the exception of a Ford (or Mercury?) Y-block taking the place of the flathead. These photos are from 1952: The next photo is of the chassis with the OHV Y-block going in, taken in Doane Spencer's home garage. You can see that engine is adapted to a top-shift ('39 style) Ford 3spd. The car still has a Banjo rear and torque tube. If you look closely, you can see the dropped "double-dip" axle laying in the floor...lower right corner of the photo. Also note that the car has a white cloth top mounted at this time...I've never seen another photo of the car with this top. Those are the only photos I can find of the car during it's reconstruction prior to Wineland taking ownership in 1956. The next photo I can find of the car is the December 1960 cover of Rod & Custom. In this photo, you can see Spencer building the headlight/nerf bar for the front of the car. The car has the Ford/Merc Y-block in place, and is fitted with a Jackson Rotofaze distributor, front mount tach drive, and some sort of injector that looks like a 2-port Hilborn. Now from this point, every article I've read on the car says that it never moved under its own power with the Y-block installed. I've also seen numerous references to the car having a 4-71 blown Y-block in it, but I've never seen any actual photos of the car with a blower. As for the car not moving under its own power, the photo below is from Andy Southard's Hot Rods of the 1950s. The caption says it was taken at the Hollywood Bowl in October '61 during the 2nd annual LA Roadster Show. If the car didn't run, was it trailered to this show? The roadster now has it's signature removable hardtop, rear hairpins, 4-piece hood with louvered hood-top, and 15" wheels with '50 Mercs on the rear. I zoomed in on the windshield card, and it says the car is powered by a '57 Thunderbird engine. Did it have a 4-71 blower on it at this point? I also found this photo from a recent article on Wineland, that must have been taken at about the same time. If you look closely you can see that the car now has a quickchange, the V8-60 axle is in place, and it has vented Lincoln brakes. I'm not sure if the rear hairpins mean that the car now has an open driveline, or if it still has a torque tube. In 1969, while going through a divorce, Wineland gave the car to Neal East with stipulations that it had to stay all black and Ford-powered. East supposedly pulled the Les Ritchey-built Y-block and replaced it with a 284 inch flathead and a '48 Lincoln transmission. Also from Andy Southard's book, here is a photo of how the car looked in September 1972 after East had made his changes and got the car on the road. You can see that the hood sides are off, the V8-60 axle has been replaced with a heavy '32 axle, and it has wires rather than steelies. The 'restored' version that Bruce Meyer now has most closely resembles the configuration of the car when Neal East owned it, although the wheel/tire combo looks more like the original version from the late '30s-40s. I'm of the opinion that the current version is the best looking of them all, but it's interesting that the car never actually looked like it does now when Spencer owned it. So with all that said, I'd love to hear more about this roadster. Anything that can be added would be greatly appreciated....especially details on the induction and driveline when the car was Y-block powered. Are you out there somewhere, Pat Ganahl?