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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. nexxussian
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    Not a "sprint" car, but I believe it's apropriate.

    Spotted at Bonneville.

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    Wheel covers look like alloys, till you spot the Dzus fasteners. :)
     
  2. mac miller
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    Here is that car as it left my shop following a four month build......

    mac miller in INDY
     

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  3. nexxussian
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    Cool beans Mac. :)

    Got any more pictures, or details?

    Or is that not apropriate for this thread (don't want to clutter it up if this is OT).
     
  4. Steve Bonesteel
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    Talking Pikes Peak,John Riggens, The guy I got the Vel's, Heath sprinter from, drove it at Pikes Peak, not sure of years but he is putting together photos and more info for me.
     
  5. sprintcar4j
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    I have a pic of that also.
     

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  6. Rootsgroup
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  7. TommyA19
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    Interesting read on Crocky. Sad that today, the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame's website is down and has been for some time. Anyone know when it might be back up and running?
     
  8. Al Consoli
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  9. Blackjack Racing
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    First, I would like to say what an outstanding thread you guys have put together. I have been reading through it start to finish since Christmas and I am just getting to the end.
    Your combined knowledge and expertise is truly astounding.
    I have been researching racing in the southern tier of New York and have stuff I look forward to sharing with you...I just have to find the time.
    I went to the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen to eyeball a Watson Indycar. It was built for Joe Hunt in 1960 by Wayne "Fat Boy" Ewing at the Watson shop. It was driven by Al Herman, the 1955 Indy Rookie of the Year.
    On Saturday, August 25, noted Indainapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson will be at the Research Center. It is at 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to all.
     

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  10. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Welcome and thanks for the pics.
     
  11. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Don't think the Unsers get rid of too much of their stuff. A few years ago there was a Concours show at the Broadmoor hotel here and Bobby and Al brought up a bunch of their cars from their museum.
     

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  12. trentesept
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    The Unser car is the first one I have seen on here with SU carburrettors!!
    Here is one of mine,the Abicair Bros Special with our equivalent of a Chev stovebolt six in it.
    Ran from 1953 onwards on dirt, asphalt ,hillclimb and sprint.
    Its been with me 38 years and still going strong
    Cheers Greg
     

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  13. Denny Zimmerman
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    Who won the match race between Branson and Hinnershitz? Also what were the results of the 30 lap sprint race afterwards? Denny Z.
     
  14. Michael Ferner
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    Who won? Good ole winter! The meeting was snowed out, and postponed to April 17. Hinnershitz took the match race, and A. J. the main event.

    1 A. J. Foyt (Watson/Offenhauser)
    2 Jim Hurtubise (Barnett/Chevrolet)
    3 Jiggs Peters (Beletsky=Sweigart/Offenhauser)
    4 Don Branson (Estes/Offenhauser)
    5 Bob Tattersall (Stearly=Beal/Offenhauser)
    6 Wayne Weiler (HOW/Offenhauser #21)
    7 Roger McCluskey (HOW/Offenhauser #12)
    8 Jerry Blundy (Hyneman/Offenhauser)
    9 Al Herman (Caruso/Offenhauser)
     
  15. Denny Zimmerman
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    Thanks Michael, Denny Z.
     
  16. 28dreyer
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    Vintage Race Car events coming up in September in the Midwest, all 1/2 mile dirt...


    Elmwood Park Speedway, Norton Kansas

    September 1st and 2nd

    Further information...Tom Barclay 620-538-4641


    Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa

    September 7th, 8th, and 9th (rain date)

    Further information...Ron Gustafson 1-800-873-1507


    Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, Iowa

    September 14th, 15th and 16th (rain date)

    Further information...Ned Fry 319-671-1045


    Or PM me
     
  17. Al Consoli
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    When my dad took me to my first sprint car race in 1953, he told me to watch that blue car of Tommy Hinnershitz. He said Tommy was the best, but he said his favorite use to be Joie Chitwood. By that time Chitwood had quit racing and I only knew him as the stunt car driver from his thrill show.

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  18. Buildy
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  19. Al Consoli
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  20. Denny Zimmerman
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    Al, What a great picture, that sez it all, and look in the stands, they are packed with fans. ...Denny Z.
     
  21. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    Tommy better get down inside the berm or he's gonna get T-boned
     
  22. 32STUPRES
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    Hey Josh....is the blue #23 car that was at Williams Grove any chance a "sister" car to Akin's #48 Ron Hart car? I notice many similarities and the sponsor is the same, etc...Joe

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  23. smithptt3
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    was he from Gouldsboro,PA.?:)was your grandmother,MARY?
     
  24. smithptt3
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    Was he john,and your grandmother was mary? Did they live in gouldsboro? Had one son,john my name is pat smith 15703436331.call me.
     
  25. Al Consoli
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    Tony,
    I was told that this car is the same one that is in the Joie Chitwood story that I posted.........True????


    Nice photos... I forgot about this event and wanted to be there. The only thing I did last weekend was cut my grass.:eek:

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  26. TommyA19
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    Seeing that photo of Tommy reminds me of the time we went to Reading for the opening Sprint Car race - could be 1952, maybe? Anyway, as usual, and like all the other fans that day, we were at track side checking out the cars with their new paint jobs & numbers. Dad said he thought it was time we went up to our seats, since some cars were on the track, warming up. We no longer sit down and here come Tommy, down the front stretch, wide open. Next thing you know, he's sideways, wide open, and those knobbies are really throwing the dirt. A bunch of fans were still track side, noses up against the fence, with no idea, whatsoever, that Tommy was on his way. Talk about getting a face full of dirt! Dad was smart!
     
  27. Buildy
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    Hi Al, Thanks.

    I don`t know anything about that sweet Miller #11,except that I like it. Sorry you missed Latimore,it was quite a show.
     
  28. Buildy
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    Van May playing in the dirt.

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    Wheel to wheel Van is coming through !



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    Do they get em dirty? Yep !

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    Are we having fun? I would have to say yes !


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    Waiting for a chance to run at Lincoln.

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  29. Rootie Kazoootie
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    The SAC Fireboid; not really intended to be a actual race car, in that configuration, but more of a promotional/recruitment showpiece that Curtis LeMay came up with. Got lots of ink and ballyhoo in the car mags. of the time though. Story goes that, while on display at the 55 Indy 500, Jack Zink took particular interest in the concept and is what planted the seeds of his own turbine effort to come several years later.
     

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  30. denracer
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    Hi Bill: My buddy Tony Gullatta owns the Trevis sprinter you and your Dad campaigned back in the day. He bought it from Tommy Kothera, after Tom had made some changes for vintage racing, mainly installing a V-6 Chevy and Powerglide. Unfortunately, Tommy got ill and had to sell the car and we need some info on it. Hope you can help..You guys were famous for the Ford powerplants. Can you tell us which engines were used to race? I remember the car racing at Sandusky and talking to your Dad about it, but that was some time ago. I was sorry to hear that he passed away. Our deep condolences to you and your family.
    You can reach me at denracer@gmail.com
    or 216-341-3981 The car is for sale and is on Racing Junque. Tony is selling off a few of his cars, to make room for some new projects
    We would like to know more about the car, which Ford engines were used and any other info. The chassis remains untouched. TK didn't chop it up to take the Chevy. The frame was dipped and blasted. All the body panels are in great shape. Anyone else is welcome to add any info on the Zipay Trevis #3/

    Denny
     

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