From the Old Dawg A little clarification, if I may...I know I'm a little tardy in my comment; but, I just now returned to this thread. According to Gene Banning's interviews with Art Sparks and a recording that I have of Art Sparks' narration to Larry Sullivan; Sparks got himself out of a personal contract he had with Joel Thorne in late 1941. This after Ted Horn finished 3rd at Indy with one of the "little sixes". Art won a lawsuit getting himself out of that contract and receiving a monetary judgement; but none of the race cars were in that judgement. The cars were put into storage in a closed night club on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood that Thorne had rented. In 1946 Art reluctantly agreed to prepare a "little six" and the "big six" for the Indy race. It was sometime around then that Sparks learned the Thorne had sold one of the "little sixes" to Flavell. When we lived next door to the Art Sparks personal shop in 1948 and 1949, I did see on many occasions Sparks engines and parts thereof on work bench's. None of the cars for those engines were seen in that shop.