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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. mac miller
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    Sad to report the death of Larry Slutter.

    While working for Vels/Parnelli Jones Racing in the mid 70s, Larry helped develop the turbo version of the Cosworth F1 V8 engine for Indy car use. When the Cosworth became the mainstream Indycar engine, Larry headed the factory Cosworth engine shop in LA.
    During my crew chief days at Indy, I was fortunate to have Slutter built Cosworths in my cars.

    Godspeed Racer! :(
     
  2. 29 Speedster
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  3. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Sometime back I posted these shots of a 'one and done' mystery car that was entered at Indy 56 as the H.B.T. Spl. for Bill Cheesebourg. 4x-7-a.JPG 4x-7-b.JPG

    Was reading a article on Cheesebourg and there was this brief mention of the car which kind of explains it somewhat. I'm curious though, who bought it and where it was raced as I don't believe it ever raced again as a USAC Champ car. 4x-7-c.jpg
     
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  4. Jim Nise
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    A former Agajanian car? A on nose nerf bar.
     
  5. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Yeah, I agree the bumper sure looks like Aggies, but Champ car stats shows it as a Lesvoskey car and I don't think (?) Aggie had a Lesvoskey upright prior to 56.
     
  6. indyrjc
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    That front bumper sure looks like an Agajanian one as mentioned. Could it be that Lujie rebuilt an earlier Agajanian car? Or maybe Cheesbourg borrowed the bumper to put the car together? And after that what happened to the car? There is a #84 Holynski owned car that shows up later in 1956 but it's listed as a Kurtis. USAC was pretty firm on car registrations and unless something out of the ordinary happened you were pretty much stuck with a car number for the entire season.

    Also, the guy standing toward the center of the photo with his hands in his jacket pockets (talking to another man with his hands on his hips) is Bob Owen. Bob was a longtime Dean crewmember that I later helped out on a Chevy II midget that his brother Jack drove. I remember Bob telling me that Clint Brawner had once assigned him as the chief mechanic on a Dean dirt car at the Speedway. USAC always required that a chief be with a car anytime it was being run and Clint was too busy with the other two cars. Until I saw this photo I always assumed that Bob was in charge of the Kuzma dirt car at some point. With Bob standing there I now think that this was the car that he told me about.

    I wasn't smart enough to ask for any details at the time.
     
  7. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Chuck Hulse, Terre Haute 1963. 4x-11-a-63.jpg
     
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  8. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Chuck Weyant, Indy 57.
    4x-11-b-wyandt 57.JPG
     
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  9. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    I also like his roll around Fleetwing tank in the background. Were these type of mobile tanks common?
     
  10. flatheadtommy
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    he has a resemblence to Eddie Sachs
     
  11. flatheadtommy
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    Is it Eddie Sachs ?
     
  12. Rootie Kazoootie
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    No it's Weyant, but I agree they did look a lot alike.

    Weyant Capture weyant.JPG

    Sachs
    sachs.JPG
     
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  13. flatheadtommy
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    Thank you Rootie, I didn't realize that they looked so alike, 2 great drivers.
     
  14. it is sachs, he has checkerboard helmet. barely visible thru his goggles.
    mlight9
     
  15. Michael Ferner
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    I don't think they look alike, and I'm sure it's Sachs. He drove the car at Monza a few weeks later, maybe he posed in the car after making that deal.
     
  16. Michael Ferner
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    Let me qualify that statement: I'm not sure if it's Sachs, but knowing what happened it's the most likely explanation. What I am sure of though is that it's not Weyant - that was my gut reaction when I first saw the pic, and upon examination the driver doesn't resemble him at all.
     
  17. 29AVEE8
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    Bryan 16 and Hanks in the Bardahl 1953. Probably Sacramento.

    Bryan and Hanks.jpg
     
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  18. racer chaser
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    I agree Eddie Sachs in the Jim Robbins Special getting ready for MONZA in 1957
     
  19. indyrjc
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    I could be wrong but didn't Mario Andretti make his USAC sprint debut in the rebuilt Wergland car later that year at Allentown?
     
  20. Jim Nise
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    Indyrjc, he was there in it. I have a picture somewhere. I don't know if it was a debut though.
     
  21. Rootie Kazoootie
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    The Conner Speed Shop Spl. Milwaukee 1961. 4x-13-b-conner 61.JPG
     
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  22. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Ralph Liguori leads Herk Terre Haute. 4x-13-b.jpg
     
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  23. this is kk3000 #334 1950 Hinkle s. hanks indy 1950 14th s.o.
    later, Slick Racers, Ed Stone, Donaldson, Duke Donaldson, Conner.
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  24. carl s
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    From Eastern Auto Racing Historical Society
    Paul Weisel Jr.
    Newsletter Vol 1 2004
    http://www.earhs.org/article.asp?aid=35&
    "Nazareth PA 's Mario Andretti made his USAC sprint car debut in 1963 at the wheel of Allentown , PA garage owner, Charlie Sacks' Chevy #18"
     
  25. 29AVEE8
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    Tony B. in Aggie's Kuzma and Hanks in the Bardahl Kurtis, 1953.

    Tony B. and Hanks 53.jpg
     
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  26. indyrjc
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    That you, Carl! :)
     
  27. Rootie Kazoootie
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    Jack Rounds, Indy 1960. 4x-19-a rounds 60.JPG

    Rodger McCluskey, Langhorne 63.
    4x-19-b-mc.jpg

    Johnnie Parsons, Indy 49

    4x-19-c- jp 49.JPG
     
  28. 29AVEE8
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    Robert Bowes, Troy Ruttman and long time Bowes Chief Mechanic Pete Clark pose with one of my favorite cars of the era. The Lujie Lesovsky crafted, "Baby Bowes". 1950

    Baby_Bowes.jpg
     
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  29. Jim Nise
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    The Jack Rounds picture is him performing the brake and back up test. The cars had to have a reverse gear.
     
  30. indyrjc
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    I believe that 1960 was the last year that cars at Indianapolis were required to have a reverse gear. The brake test went on for several more years with officials making someone (usually a crew member) prove that the car had brakes by either having the car pushed a few yards or sometimes even having to restart the engine and move forward after a qualifying run.
     

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