Show car or not, I'd LOVE to park it in MY garage!
"Doc, just set them fingers sose I can hold the wheel"
James Hurtubise, June, 1964
I was amazed at how they hung the turbo way out the back...a very busy area.
Ignorant men marvel at extraordinary things. Intelligent men admire simple things.
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"Charging a man with murder here was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500."- Capt. Willard, Apocolypse Now
"Ain't nuthin' like a piece of p***y, 'cept maybe the Indy 500."- Bunny, Platoon
"To alcohol! The cause of- and solution to- all of life's problems."- Homer J. Simpson
And considerably smaller in square footage too.....
Although the ground effects may have been "restricted" the folks at March in particular were getting very good results from the underbody, especially on the high speed ovals.
I just finished reading Alan Henry's book on the March F1 and Indy cars. The explanation in there is much better than anything I could attempt here.
I highly recommend it...and not just because I have a fair number of pics in it.
This is from The Milwaukee Mile 1966. Kodak 110 Instamatic!
I posted this to illustrate the front straightaway safety of the times. A 2 1/2ft wall and flat fence. The spectators were brave back in those days too!
This was the race where a plane crash sidelined Lloyd Ruby(and a few USAC people) and Foyt was burned in practice the previous day. I can remember the disappointment of no AJ after watching a wild 500 the week before...
1985 Pole Position - Pancho unfortunately completed only 2 laps...oiling problem.
Too bad they didn't replace that engine before the race...
I had heard that it was a scavaging type problem where the engine was drowning in oil.
Last edited by cbreez99; 08-01-2010 at 08:07 PM.
As I understood it, there was a suspected problem that popped up no long before the race (Carburetion Day?). They debated about changing the engine, but I'm guessing that would have forced them to start from the back of the field. Anyway, it was decided not to change the engine. As it turned out, that was a bad decision. Anyway, I don't remember what the suspected problem was.
I don't believe there was a rule about changing anything, except the tub, between carb day and the race.
I was just speculating as to who they didn't change the engine. Would have been a simple thing. "If I knew Than what I know Now..."
As for changing the engine before the race, no one ever went to the back because of an engine change. Teams had been putting in their left in reserve, not used for the month, race motor after Carb day for decades.
There was an interview with Pancho Carter a few years back and he talked about what happened. They elected not to change the engine, but he knew on the parade lap that it wasn't the right decision. The Buick was soft and didn't have any power...
wouldn't it be cool for the Centennial if IMS had groups of people dressed up as crew members, drivers, and spectators in period clothes from the 10s, 20s, 30s, etc. and had them mingle in the pits and front straight area on Q weekends and race day
get me a Mobile T-shirt with a pack of smokes in the sleeve, some white cotton pants, bowling shoes and a Cromwell helmet in hand and I'd be set!!
Last edited by Stick500; 09-07-2010 at 11:26 AM.