The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dog427435, Dec 18, 2009.
Juneau, Alaska 1955-ish
Fairbanks, Alaska 1955-ish
Here's a photo of my Brother-in-law's 29 Ford Roadster which was taken in 1969, Long Beach,CA
Obviously, he wanted race as much as he could. But at least part of the reason that Sweikert owned his own sprint car (and also took care of at least one other car) was to minimize the taxes from his race winnings. The wife of fellow driver Curley Boyd was pretty high up in the Indiana Department of Revenue. I've can't confirm it but the story goes that she helped Sweikert (and others) set up his racing operation so that he could legally invest more money in his race team instead of letting Uncle Sam get his hands on it.
Wow! The Ross Page Offy (that some people now call the first Indy roadster) racing on dirt against a midget. This isn't ringing a bell. What's the story, Rootie? Thanks for posting!
Edit: After I posted I remembered that this car actually used a supercharged Duray engine
An interesting selection of pic's there Rootie.
Bob Marshman 1962 in Wally's 8, the 41 one of wally's roadsters, and is that Al Keller in the 16?
They brought the car out to the local short track (San Jose I think) for a demo/press deal and looks like they had a match race with a local midget racer too.
With a centered driveline it probably isn't technically a roadster. To my mind it is probably more like a "modern" 2 man car in design with a fuel tank where a riding mechanic would have been. Near as I can tell it may have been the first round tube frame Indy car though.
Bruce Jacobi in the 16 car at Langhorne 64 I believe.
I mentioned the 2 Wally M. roadsters the other day and then came across that shot and thought I'd throw it up. No idea why it's on the hook. Norm Hall wrecked it in 62 but it doesn't look wrecked in that pic, maybe they had some other problems.
Couple more shots of the Ross Page car. Cross leaf rear and Duray's super charger.
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At one point in his career Bobby Marshman drove the Heydenreich family midget. Sometime after Bobby's death his father (George) gave his son's Sam Browne belt to a then very young Johnny Heydenreich. Johnny went on to become a well known driver himself and still races today in USAC Silver Crown cars. And he still has Bobby Marshman's Sam Browne belt; likely the same one that Bobby is using in this photo.
Rootie, do you happen to know who is driving the car at San Jose? It's hard to tell in the photo but somehow it doesn't look like Agabashian; at least to me.
Yeah, I agree it's not Freddie A. (btw-the driver of the Hovey Spl. midget in the same photo set.) I was thinking it was Mel Hansen, the first driver of the R/P car but it doesn't look much like him either. (?)
Somebody got a D in English...
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