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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. indybigjohn
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    RIP to a class act. Prayers for the family and friends.
     
  2. Bob Cicconi
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    That sucks. Junior was a nice guy and he had excellent equipment. He couldn't have been that old. Was he sick?
     
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  3. Speedwrench
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    That's the picture I was referring to. Thanks , Rootie.
     
  4. dan ostwick
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  5. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Al Miller 5, Jack Lancaster 11, Bob Boughan, Salem 61. 3x-4-a-miller-lancaster -boughan 1961 salem.JPG
     
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  6. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Mauri Rose, 1930s. 3x-4-b rose.JPG
     
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  7. hopkins1
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    The car was built with a 90" wheel base and shortened to 85 in 52 with Halibrand rear and Dryer spindle mount front wheels. Dutch is standing behind car and Bill Shiendler in background.
     
  8. mac miller
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    pancreatic cancer
     
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  10. wheels53
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    I don't know the answer to that, but he did build the original "Tamale Wagon" maybe with help from Hank Arnold.
     
  11. wheels53
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    Anyone know who was the builder of this particular car?
     
  12. Jim Nise
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    Wheel53 Hank Arnold or Hank Henry?
     
  13. indyrjc
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    Jim, if McCluskey was involved it likely would have been Hank Arnold since they had been friends since their teenage years. Here's a couple of links about Arnold.

    http://www.quartermidgets.org/Article_View_Page.asp?ID=2306

    http://tucson.com/lifestyles/opinio...cle_32655f4a-88b4-5b31-a38d-138797595c7c.html

    Although it's not mentioned in the above articles apparently Arnold also rebuilt one of the ex-Konstant Hot Indy roadsters into a sprint car.
     
  14. Jim Nise
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    Yes Indyrjc, that conversion is in this thread way back when!!!

    thx
     
  15. Bill Chadbourne
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    It was probably Hank Arnold, the later Fike Pluming car that Parnelly drove was built by Hank Henry.
     
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  17. indyrjc
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    A few years back Mac Miller and myself got to meet with Parnelli at a photo shoot for Mac's replica Calhoun roadster. He talked with us for over an hour and really opened up. He said that in 1959 he and Joe Pittman took a weekend off from IMCA to run a couple of Tom Cherry's AARC shows. The first race was in Michigan on a dirt track and Jones won going away. The next day they ran on the high banks of Ft. Wayne and cars that Parnelli had run away from the previous day were now running off and leaving him. Since they had already made the decision to run USAC in 1960 Parnelli suddenly realized that his current sprint car was probably not going to be the best choice for all of the paved tracks he would have to run. He told us that as soon as Ft. Wayne was over he got on the phone to Harlan Fike and told him what had happened. He said that Fike simply told him to get whatever car he thought he would need in USAC and he would pay for it. Parnelli said that he had been impressed by Hank Henry's sprint cars for several years so he ordered the car and let Fike know what he had done. I believe he did run the original car in the last USAC race of 1959 at Meyer Speedway in Houston which he almost won.

    BTW, Parnelli told us that he really never remembered Harlan Fike ever being at any of the races that he and Pittman ran for Fike. Fike must have shown up at some of the west coast races but for the most part he was apparently something of an absentee owner.
     
  18. Jim Nise
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    Rootie kazootie has been off line for a week. Hope he is ok!!!
     
  19. rooman
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    I was thinking the same thing--missing his daily posts of cool photos.

    Roo
     
  20. 28dreyer
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    Hopefully he just ran out of photos.
     
  21. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Been having computer issues and had to send it to the shop, but it's up running for now anyway.

    Ziggy Snider at Sacto 1965. 3x-13-a snider sacto 65.jpg
     
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  22. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Jim Packard in the Waterson 12 at Salem circa 1959. Interesting Olds/Caddy powered car next to him. 3x-13-b-waterson 59 packard.JPG
     
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  23. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Tony Willman in the #7 Spider Webb in Poison Lil at Ft. Wayne 1940s. 3x-13-c-spider webb-pos lil -wilman 7 ft wayne.jpg
     
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  24. 28dreyer
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    Just realized that could be taken two ways. The meaning was that he was healthy and not that I hoped he had run out of photos. So it was the computer that wasn't healthy.

    Good to see the resumption of posting.
     
  25. Speedwrench
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    Rootie - Glad you're back.

    You've done so much to keep this thread alive which I really appreciate.

    You also have a depth of knowledge I'm still trying to comprehend.

    Are you Leroy Byers?
     
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  26. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Thanks, and no I'm not Leroy.
     
  27. Jim Nise
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    welcome back, glad it was just a hardware issue.

    jim
     
  28. Circletrack 40
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    The outside car could be Curley Boyd in Merle Hazel's Dreyer build Cadillac. Curley did use a face shield like that.
     
  29. ccarl529
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    Rootie, Thank God your back. Your posts are what keeps me coming back.
     
  30. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Eddie Sachs, Langhorne 58. 3x-14-c-lang 58.JPG
     
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