The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Joshua Shaw, Jan 17, 2008.
Johnny Thomson Indy 53.
Gene Force, San Jose 51.
Al Keller inside of Rex Easton at IRP 1961.
Mari and Elmer George circa 1957.
Frank Kurtis, along with Henry Banks, checks out some of his handiwork, Pat O'Connors 1954 Indy ride.
I love the look of the old sprint and Indy cars. I'm a firm believer that they were THE major influence for hot rods driven on the street. I'll be adding lots of sprint car features on my T roadster, one being nerf bars.
It looks like most racing nerfs were about the same size as the radius rods. Could the experts give me some advice on what was used or my have been required by rules? Thanks.
I have no idea what was required in the day, but I'll give you a tip. On my current build champ car I went to a boat salvage yard and bought a mound of salvaged, polished stainless steel boat deck hand railing. Most is 7/8" diameter and many pieces already had mandrel bent radii on them which could prove useful is saving time fabricating nerf bars, not to mention stunningly beautiful. My radius rods are made from 7/8 OD 4130 moly tube.
A.J. Foyt on the high side#24, Bill Chennault #5, and John Paulson #3 nearest the camera, Shreveport LA 1956, McEachern photo.
Midgets usually had 7/8" nerfs and sprints 1".
Check that guard rail out!
Jack Rounds in the Schmidt 44 1961
Pat O'Connor works on Rex Easton, Salem 1957.
Elmer George and A.J. at Langhorne 59.
re post #23612 this page, car #36, any info on this car? checked usac hist. but no #'s listed for '65
nor a car name starting w/letter "H". also no car owner starting w/ H.
notice now has diff. tail(w/headrest).
After a bit of "sluething" it appears the #36 was registered to a Bill Dixon in 65 and was driven by Booth on several occasions. Don't know the significance (if any) of the letter H in the bumper. Others probably know more
re car #36, thanks for info,
Gordon Reid in Bill Johnson's 12 port Chevy, Indy 51.
Van Johnson, Reading 59.
Bobby Grim in the Ruiz 23 at Sacto 1958, his first Champ car start.
And everyone seems to forget that A.J. Watson was the mechanic on this car. He was between his Zink and Wilke jobs at the time and filled in for Ruiz at a couple of races.
I have the Dixon car as # 97 in 1963, #36 in '64, #32 in '65, #18 in '66/'67 and #66 in '68. #36 in '65 was a "Magnuson Special", that later ran as #67 in '67/'68, driver Tom Campbell. Pretty sure it was a Hoosier car.
That is, of course, if it's not a 1964 picture: the Leffler car had #25 since the early fifties, and the Wergland car was #14 since '63 - but I don't think it's the Dixon car, I'm sure I've seen a picture of it someplace (but danged if I remember!)
Sorry to hear this. R.I.P.
Bobby Marshman inside of Red Riegel Langhorne 61.
Out of the PNW Ernie Koch wheels Rolla Vollstedt's car at the Hoosier 100 62.
Duke Nalon in the Marks Spl. Indy 1940.
Indy 61, Jack Turner performs the first of his annual roll bar integrity tests.
Johnny Rutherford in Meskowski's car leads Carl Williams in the Stapp car, Terra Haute 65.
Looking closer at the Stapp car, There is something (?) that appears to be duct taped to the roll bar. No idea what it could be though. Also looks like the LR tire is about to come apart.
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