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Features VINTAGE SPRINT CAR PIC THREAD, 1965 and older only please.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Joshua Shaw, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. Here's a better look at the Fanning Ford with those Dixons. And I guess Del Fanning moved the engine over to a track roadster a few years later. (Sorry for taking so long to get this uploaded.)
     

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  3. As it happens I have the results of that day's race: April 6, 1947 at Portland Speedway.

    helmet dash: Zeke Zeigler, Allen Heath, Del Fanning
    1st heat: Del Fanning, Les Anderson, Marvin Cox
    2nd heat: Marvin Cox, Howard Osborne, Pike Green
    3rd heat: Digger Caldwell, Lloyd Blair, Dave Cooper
    main event: Howard Osborne, Digger Caldwell, Les Anderson, Pike Green, Del Fanning

    There was also a 100 lap stock car race:
    Ray Chase, Hershel McGriff, Armand Millen, Larry Shute, Jud Fuller.
     

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  4. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Thanks for the pics Digney, I had no idea Heath was a Canuck, I just assumed he was native So. Cal.
     
  5. Rootie Kazoootie
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    A. Heath 15 yrs. later in Bromme's 'Andy Gump' at Ascot 1962:
     

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  6. Joshua Shaw
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    Henry Ford hired Harry Miller to build him 5 (i think) front drive flathead cars, which he did.. Then, Ford retired them all.. a few years later Andy got ahold of this one, put the Offy in it and went racing.
     
  7. Joshua Shaw
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    Things are great. I'm covered up with work, re-oranizing my shop, and not finding ANY time to get on here!:p

    I'll keep checking in.

    ...I don't think he did find much out, other that what was said on here.
    Thanks though!!

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    You guys are doing great! The pictures are good and the topics and descusions are even better! Keep it up!


    JD
     
  8. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Red Riegel in the 25, Jud Larson in the 4- Reading-Mar. 1966.
     

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  9. Al'svintageracing
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    Does anyone have a photo of the sprint car driven by Ron Lux in five USAC sanctioned events in 1963? The car was black with yellow/orange trim, number 17, small block Chevy powered, sponsored by Pendleton Builders, East Aurora, NY.

    I also need photos of the same car with a cage that ran as a super modified at Oswego 1964 - 1966. Ron Lux may have driven this car at Oswego in early 1964, or most probably another driver. Not sure if the car was still sponsored by Pendleton Builders at that time.
     
  10. Rootie Kazoootie
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    In 1935 there was a quasi-official Ford entry which was financed by interested owners of Ford auto dealerships. Preston Tucker had talked Edsel Ford into this venture. An hitherto idle (i.e. mid-1933-1934) Harry A. Miller was enlisted to design these cars, which were built in Detroit. Ten Miller-Fords were quickly put together and constructed, four qualified at Indianapolis, and none finished. These Miller Fords showed real promise and some novel ideas but needed much more testing, before being put into actual competition. Many years later Art Sparks said, "You just can't design and build a race car overnight. The independent suspension, the streamlined enclosure for the springs, and the chassis, were advanced ideas. Harry Miller deserved better than a failure for the project." (Source: SPEEDWAY: HALF A CENTURY OF RACING WITH ART SPARKS by Gene Banning, (1983), page 143.)
     
  11. OldBill
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    Below taken at Williams Grove 31 Mar 63. It was owned by Ben Moskel, sponsored by Pendleton Builders. Previous Nyquist Offy No. 29, then Pfrommer Offy, built by Hiram Hillegass in 1954. Famous for Mike Nazaruk, Jud Larson, Charlie Musselman, Tommy Hinnershitz, etc. I believe Moskel died later in 1963. Also think, not sure, it was the Kennedy Chevy driven by Bryant Ingalls in URC in 1965; it was blue then. The "surgery" on No. 17 wasn't popular with 1963 USAC fans who venerated the car as the Pfrommer Offy!

    Moskel 17 - WEG a.jpg

    Moskel 17 - WEG b.jpg
     
  12. PK
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    Great pic showing side by side Offy vs. Chevy. Personally I like this transitional period the best. Some races the Offy won, and then others the Chevy spanked the growlers. I wish I could experience the torque push of an Offy just one more time.
    PK
     

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  13. Rootie Kazoootie
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    A pack of Bowties attacking a Offy :eek::rolleyes:
     

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  14. PK
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    Probably no need to ask how this one finished up. Sorta like playin' Cowboys and Offys; the end was inevitable.
    PK
     
  15. Buildy
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    Photo of Hurtibise and Branson is terrific! I guess Terre Haute around 1963?

    Who is in the #66?
     
  16. Jim Holden
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    Thanks to Tom Bliss for the picture of the Tom Leeson chassis (and Tom) "back in the day".

    Jim
     

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  17. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Correct, T/H 1963 with Mickey Shaw in the 66 and Marshman up high.
     
  18. Old Bill, I hope you have lots & lots more of these pictures. Re the Pendleton car; was this the car that they removed part of the chassis(shortened)?? I remember hearing the announcer say this but I didn't remember what car it was until I saw your pic & info. Any idea what Motel that is or where?? Keep posting. ml9
     
  19. OldBill
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    mlight9: The Pendleton Builders car wasn't shortened; it was already close to the USAC sprint car minimum when it was built. There were some changes to the nose, mostly cosmetic as I recall, and of course the Offy was replaced.

    The motel was on a hill a couple of miles from the Grove. It was called, as I recall, the Holiday Motel (not a Holiday Inn). There was a vintage car museum included on the site. Might still be there.

    I'll post more as time allows; let me know what you want to see.
     
  20. Al'svintageracing
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    Old Bill: Great photos of the Lux car. Eventually I believe this car had a cage added - trying to trace the history of the car. I was told it may have been run at Oswego as a supermodified in 1964-1966? Do you happen to have any photos of the Kennedy Chevy driven by Bryant Ingalls? I have one of Ingalls in Bill Bauer's car number 75, but not the Kennedy car. Thanks.

    Al
     
  21. OldBill
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    Sorry, Al, I don't. I was shooting movies that season instead of photos. Ingalls also drove the former Tom Price No. 81 the season before switching to the Kennedy car. He told me (back then) that the Kennedy car had been the Pendleton car, but without a photo that's hard to confirm. I also don't remember if the Kennedy car had a cage when running with URC. And I never got to Oswego, so have nothing on its possible supermod career. Maybe you can locate Ingalls. He'd be in his sixties now.
     
  22. racer5c
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    There is a Bryant Ingalls that is an Indy Car Mechanic the worked for my step dad at one time, the age would be about right I will contact him and see if he is the same guy
     
  23. racinfool
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    Al, Ron Lux Drove Howard Purdys lil Duece in the day at Oswego. Check out www.jakessite.com and go to the links page as there is a story on the LIL duece. It can also be accesed by going though jakes pic pages. Tom Bliss
     
  24. zman
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    I wanted this one so bad I couldn't stand it. Didn't have the loot when it was for sale. Maybe some day I can do a Nailhead powered sprint car...
     

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  25. Rootie Kazoootie
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    From the waaay back machine; appears to be Legion Ascot, probably around 1925 or so.
     

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  26. Spike Ruth
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    Here i am in my #53 Hillegass dueling it out with the Purdy Duece driven in this race by Bentley Warren. This was a 100 lap Super Modified race at Pocono 3/4 mile track in 1969.



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  27. racinfool
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    Ron Lux............"the Buffalo KID"............Heres a few-Tom Bliss
     

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  28. Old Bill, re Nyquist/Pfrommer/Pendleton car......
    What about the car Owned &/or driven by Art Plas?? In Rose/East B.R. pgs 214 & 217, both say it was ex Hinnershitz car. In each pic the cars are painted different. Thanks again. ml9.
     
  29. OldBill
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    mlight9: Tommy owned two Hillegass cars (after other earlier Ted Horn and Bob Blake cars) one built in 1951, other built in 1954. The 1951 car was light blue, then the Miracle Power yellow, blue and red. The 1954 car was always in the MPS colors. In late 1957 the 1954 car was sold to Herb Swan who drove it (along with other USAC drivers) in USAC. In late 1958 it was sold again to Lowell Behner, and raced in AARC and USAC, usually by Art Plas. Don Branson drove it once in USAC Midwest Division. After selling the 1954 car, Tommy drove for John Pfrommer in the ex-Nyquist car which later went to Ben Moskel (Pendleton).
     
  30. Old Bill, your info is terrific. I never heard of the "AARC". Where did they race ? Keep posting any info or pics of sprints circa '50's & '60's when you have the time. ml9.
     

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