The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Joshua Shaw, Jan 17, 2008.
Jiggs Peters in the Curtis 8 chases Wally Campbell in the Sam Traylor 25.
Good friends, Jiggs Peters,Wally Campbell and Johnny Thomson, at Wms. Grove.
Curious who built the Curtis #8 with the flared out nose and engine side panels?
This is one of the coolest photos I've ever seen. It almost looks live. Do you have any idea what that is blowing behind the driver in the #25? It doesn't seem to be around his arms, so I don't think it's a jacket that came loose. Kind of looks like a cape!
Looks to me like he didn't zip up his jacket and leaned forward at some point and the wind got it and has it blowing up on the right side like a cape. He may also have his right arm back trying to contain it as it doesn't appear his right hand is on the wheel.
That is Wally's shirt!
The chassis was constructed using Johnnie Parsons Autobrite midget. Parsons and Barney Christiansen lengthened the chassis and Lujie Lesovsky built the "cloverleaf" body. People either loved or hated the looks of this car.
As you can see from this picture, taken the same day as the action shot, Wally has his shirt unbuttoned, that's why it blew up over the headrest.
Incredible - you have another photo from the same day showing that shirt. Wild. These photos are fantastic. I really feel as if I'm am there. From the looks of Wally, he must have done a tour in the Navy. I'll bet he never lost too many fights, either. This last photo: look at the rides in the background! I love that maroon car and the old pickup. If you have more of these please post them. This is exactly what this thread is for. Also, do you know who took these photos? Was it you? Thanks for the response.
The photographer is Lou Ensworth. If you liked the color sprint car photos go back to p. 815 to see Johnny Thomson and Van Johnson at the Grove in 1957.
I`ve got to say,once again monkaz,these photos are outstanding!!
I also Note that the air is getting inside Jigg`s Shirt and makes him look kind of like the Michelin man in that high speed shot.
When I was a kid my grandmother lived right down the block from Frank Curtis. We tried to see what he was up to with the cars in his garage,but he was cranky and always chased us off.
Wally Campbell is another of my favorites! I`m I close in guessing Reading 1954?
Here is some Traylor team photos I took at Latimore Valley in 2008.
Charlie Musselman tried on one of the Traylor cars for the first time in Many years.
Buildy, It was taken in 1954.
Wally drove for Curtis in 1953 if I`m not mistaken.
You are not mistaken. He drove the # 8 car Jiggs Peters is driving in the photo.
Completely OT, however I wanted all of you to enjoy this: click on the link below and scroll down to the 2nd camera shot - updated every min. - I watch the sun come up from Pikes Peak every morning - from right here in Mississippi. I was up there last Christmas.
If you want to respond, please do it PM so I don't look even worse.
More info on the Curtis sprinter here
More on Wally Campbell here
I recently bought some items that once belonged to James L. Mannix. I tried a quick internet search and came up with nothing. If anyone on here could provide some background info on him that would be great!
Eddie Sachs on the high banks in the Bill Cheesman Offy, built by master craftsman, Bob Pankratz. The year is 1958.
Not to dwell on the subject but my contacts regarding Dan Wheldon's injuries report he was struck in the head by debris (suspensions, wheels, any amount of junk flying through the air with everyone), causing his injuries, not the fencing as first published.
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