That would have meant almost twice as much as your average Offy!
Had the Novis been more succesful, then I wonder how long the 4.2 l atmo or 2.8 l blown formula ( or 4.5 vs 3 before 1957) would have been retained. That ratio would have been changed to downsize the blown engines I think.
On paper alone and with Novi power vs Offy power, that formula looks so unfair to the Offy....
Bottom line is that you had a better chance of winning in a good Offy.
Of course it wasn't long until the 2.8l turbocharged Offys appeared. As built by Herb Porter and Stu Hilborn they were abt 600HP, and given a 400# weight advantage, were more than a match of the 4WD Novis. The 4-cam Fords were soon faster than the blown Offys, and front engine cars were doomed.
Granatelli said he planned to put a Novi in the Lotus flying doorstop chassis, but that never happened. How fast it might have been?....it would have been fun to see. Granatelli did install at least one unblown Hemi in a Doorstop, but I'm not aware it ever turned a lap.
Indy used to be a wonderful place full of great characters and innovation. 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16 cylinders. Huge crude engines, tiny sophisticated engines, two engines. FWD, RWD, AWD, six wheels. 4-stroke, two-stroke, diesels. And for many years, the mighty Novis.
Today it's 33 cookie-cutter cars and cookie-cutter crews and drivers.
I'll bet if I say "1939", you can instantly name the winning driver, his car make, model, color and number; his mechanic and owner and many other details. And if I say "2009"?
Last edited by jnormanh; 08-21-2012 at 10:22 AM.
I know. The point is he was not the Italian speed ace he pretended to be. He was as Italian as Leon Duray was French.
"An emphasis was placed on drivers with road racing backgrounds which meant drivers from open wheel, oval track racing were at a disadvantage. That led Tony George to create the IRL." -Indy Review 1996
Andy's hero growing up, Barney.
Both larger than life.
A friend from the Armenian Growers Community of The Central Valley told me years ago he was at a fuction held in a palatial estate and inadvertently stumbled into a private dining area where he was confronted with Andy G., Earnest Borgnine and another ethnic character actor whose name I can't reacall.
The three were dwarfed by a monstrous pile of lamb bones and a number of wine bottles. None looked up and continued their banter interspersed with primitive eating noise.
Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
There may have been Italian ancestry somewhere (as there was French for "Duray"), but surely they were American.
I'm a little confused as to why anybody trying to find a falsehood in Granatelli's book even needed to go to the trouble of opening it.
Also, he won't be straight with his age...last time I checked, he was telling everyone he was born in 1929...which would make him 16 in 1945. Trouble is, he was delivering house trailers to the West Coast before then, acccording to his book...most evidence suggests that Andy was actually born in 1923.
slapdash, haphazard, sloppy
careless - marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful; "careless about her clothes"; "forgotten by some careless person"; "a careless housekeeper"; "careless proofreading"; "it was a careless mistake"; "hurt by a careless remark"
These forums are totally cool!
When I read them I crack myself up!
"Doc, just set them fingers sose I can hold the wheel"
James Hurtubise, June, 1964