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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. Steve Bonesteel
    Joined: Aug 31, 2009
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    Steve Bonesteel
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    from Clovis, Ca

    Hi, back again. just finishing up the Pink Lady supermodified roadster, owned by Art Sugai, built by Grant King and driven by Art Pollard.
     

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  2. paddybuilt
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
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    paddybuilt
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    from SoCal

    Nice job restoring this car Steve, Now on to the Heath Car?
     
  3. Steve Bonesteel
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    Steve Bonesteel
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    from Clovis, Ca

    Yes, The frame has been sandblasted and I am cutting of some interesting addons, got most of the parts for the frontend. Should get more work done when it get under 100*. Here are some photos I have but I always need more, don't have any of the backend. The second to last photo is what I am starting with. That last photo shows the marks made on the steeringwheel made by Heath's hook!!!
     

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  4. sideways27
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    Steve,
    WOW, Nice job restoring the Pink Lady. Regarding the Heath car, <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp/> <w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> <w:Word11KerningPairs/> <w:CachedColBalance/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="--"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> Sorry for being behind times regarding the Heath car but it looks like a stretched Kurtis midget? If it is, are there any numbers on the frame? And it&#8217;s history.
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  5. Steve Bonesteel
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    Steve Bonesteel
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    from Clovis, Ca

    The sprinter was built by Rip Erickson for Omar Danielson in 1962 and went on to be the Vel's Ford later. When I get back to the computer I wiil post the history as I have found, but it was always a sprint car.

























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  6. Really a nice job on this car Steve. I hope I can see it in person some day. A lot of history sitting there.
     
  7. Circletrack 40
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    Circletrack 40
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    Hey Josh--- what can you tell us about the hot rod group that visited today?
     
  8. racer5c
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    racer5c
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    or put on a t shirt!
     
  9. 28dreyer
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    28dreyer
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    Mississippi Valley Vintage Race Car Association (MVVRCA) is holding its annual Hawkeye Futurity at the Oskaloosa, IA ½ mile dirt track this Friday and Saturday with a rain date of Sunday

    Will be over 50 cars running exhibition heats and features both evenings with test and tune also running Friday from 9 AM until early afternoon, one car on the track at a time.

    Y&#8217;all come

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  10. re post #79539 pg. 3977, vint.shots/days gone by,
    can anyone verify that is WALT STEARLY ?????
    mlight9
     
  11. guffey
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    guffey

    50 kurtis bar.jpg

    50 kurtis pearson 1.jpg

    50 kurtis1949 Rooney movie the big wheel.jpg

    50 kurtis rooney.jpg

    I thought I would see if anyone could help answer some questions I had about some front drive Indianapolis cars. I will post some photos that I have saved. I am wondering about the Gil Pierson front drive Kurtis cars and their use in the Mickey Rooney movie "the Big Wheel" and a car that was also used that is different. I think it maybe the 1949 Howard Keck car that Jimmy Jackson drove at Indianapolis. I wondered if anyone knows where it is today. and maybe where the Gil Pierson car that was finished is? I am wondering if maybe the Keck Jackson car started as the George Tuffinelli car mentioned in the caption of the black and white photo?
     
  12. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Rootie Kazoootie
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    from Colorado

    What I know about the Keck FWD: Built by Emil Diedt and L. Leovosky for the 1948 500. Driven by J. Jackson 1948/49 then Mauri Rose 1950/51. After Rose wrecked in the 51 race it went to Kecks wearhouse where it sat until the 1970s when it was bought and restored. It was also the first car to use fuel injection in 1949 though just for practice and qualifying and was changed back to carbs for the race.
     

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  13. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Rootie Kazoootie
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    from Colorado

    The car in the Rooney pic doesn't appear to be any of the cars mentioned, it kind of looks like it might be a rwd car. :confused:
    The #7 car in the last pic could be the Keck car with temporary numbers put on for the movie. The Keck fwd only ran the #s: 61-31-16
     

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  14. guffey
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    guffey

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    This the second Pierson car and has some similarities to the Mickey Rooney picture car and is front drive but no louvers?
     
  15. Pete Eastwood
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    Pete Eastwood
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    from california

    Mike

    As you may know the Gil Pierson car you bought belonged to Bob Morris.
    Bob also owned the other Pierson car, and the Gil Pierson sprint car.
    I saw the Tuffinelli car at Jimmy Bruckers warehouse many years ago, it was all original & complete.
    I restored Gil's sprint car for Bob over twenty years ago. Beautiful car with great history. During the restoration of the sprint car, I got to meet Gil. Bob brought him to my shop a number of times, and he was a big help with getting the restoration right. Gil told Bob if he did a good job on the sprinter, he (Gil) would see to it that Bob would get the front drive car ( which Gil still owned ! ) so the two could be together again.
    The curent wareabouts of the other front drive car & the sprint car are a little murky, ( it's a long story )

    Pete Eastwood.
     
  16. guffey
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    guffey


    Thanks Pete
    No I didn't know who owned it and I think I was told "Mark"by my contact at the auction company. I wonder did Bob Morris own both front drives, and is the photo of the blue car at the Peterson parking garage that I posted the other Pierson car? The caption on the black and white photo says it is the second car but I think should say the first car? In fact I wonder if maybe it is not the Tuffinelli car? Did the Tuffinelli car look like these 2 cars? I can't figure why I can't see the louvers on the blue car at the Peterson? I am curious how they got split up.
    I wonder where the Tuffinelli car, the Keck car and the first Pierson car are now. Thanks again
     
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  17. Pete Eastwood
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    Pete Eastwood
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    Mike

    That is the blue car at the Petersen, I believe the blue car is the first car. The Tuffinelli car is the second car and has a much different body ( I think rebodied ) your car is the third car & was never completed by Gil.
    Bob aquired the sprint car from Louie Vermiel (sp?) in Calistoga in the 1980's. When the sprint car restoration was completed, Gil made the deal with Bob, and after a period of time Bob got the blue car & the incomplete car (your car) from Gil. Bob had your car completed as you have it now.
    The blue car is fabulous, all original, never been touched! I could go on . . . . .
    Like I said, in the last few years, the wearabouts of the blue car (and the sprint car) have gotten murky, it's a long story.

    Pete
     
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  18. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Rootie Kazoootie
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    from Colorado

    The Keck car was bought and restored by a fellow named Curtis, but don't know if he still owns it or where it's at now.
     

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  19. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Rootie Kazoootie
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    The Diedt built Tuffanelli car.
     

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  20. Pete Eastwood
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    Pete Eastwood
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    from california

    WOW! that is how the Tuffanelli car looked when I saw it in the 1980's. It was all original & that scallop on the nose was gold leaf !
     
  21. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Rootie Kazoootie
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    A color shot.
     

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  22. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Rootie Kazoootie
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    Mauri Rose's and Kecks fwd last lap.
     

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  23. carl s
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
    Posts: 741

    carl s
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    from Indio, CA

  24. Dr Dirt
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 69

    Dr Dirt
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    Vintage dirt track racing in the 70s Leather helmet and No seatbelts
     

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  25. Ovalmeister
    Joined: Jan 21, 2009
    Posts: 29

    Ovalmeister
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    Just wanted to take a second and say a huge THANK YOU to my buddy Art Abrahms (28dreyer) for helping me get the old girl running again. The midget hasn't fired off in probably well over a decade. Thanks Art! :)

    <a href="http://s26.photobucket.com/user/ovalmeister/media/IMG_3336_zpsbb0b2056.jpg.html" target="_blank">[​IMG]</a>
     
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  26. josh highley
    Joined: Nov 13, 2011
    Posts: 405

    josh highley
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    Here is short video from Jo Kerr Fabrications open house last Sat night. Was a great turn out. Jo Kerr and Josh Shaw brought out several early sprint cars and fired most of them off.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmq-7a3i9cU
     
  27. carl s
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
    Posts: 741

    carl s
    Member
    from Indio, CA

    Bill Lipkey - Long Time Race Promoter at Kokomo Speedway was honored Thursday 9-26-2013 with Induction into The Howard County Automotive Heritage Hall of Fame in Kokomo, IN. - His son Jim was present to receive the honors.

    A full day was devoted to this event with three hours of on-track tribute with the Midwest Old Timers Vintage Club, followed by display at the Museum and in the evening the Banquet and Induction Ceremonies in his honor.

    I was priviledged to have my car invited and run by Mac Miller, Randall Cook and The Doc.

    Here's a link to some photos from my album, all credits to Randall Cook who pushed the shutter button and kept the car in the low groove.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/91981316@N06/sets/72157635880665823/

    Best Regards to All The Racers

    Carl Schulz
    Indio, CA
    1927 Boyle Valve Spl - Tribute Car

    Now on to Lawrenceberg tonight, then Jungle Park Reunion and finally back home at Auto Club Speedway for the Historic Champ/Indycar Assn final with the Indycar Series Oct 18 and 19th.
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  28. TCM29
    Joined: Mar 4, 2008
    Posts: 9

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  29. indyrjc
    Joined: Nov 8, 2008
    Posts: 968

    indyrjc
    Member
    from Indiana

    Here's some photos of Neil and his very sharp Chevy II midget last night at Lawrenceburg. He worked to fix some carburetion issues early on but managed to get in all of his laps in the vintage heat and feature.
     

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  30. carl s
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
    Posts: 741

    carl s
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    from Indio, CA

    Last edited: Sep 29, 2013

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