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Sprint Cars & Champ Cars The big brother(s) to the midget these open wheel beasts have a rich heritage in our auto racing memories.



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Old 04-16-2009, 06:03 PM   #1
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This is a beautiful Al Consoli photo of Greg Weld in Paul Leffler's sprint car, Terre Haute, IN. Early 1970's. Weld was USAC National Sprint champ in 1967.
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1969, El Centro, California, Jimmy Oskie a 5 time CRA sprint car champ, in the only 4 bar chassis Hank Henry ever built, Oskie's own, "J-Ram Special". Oskie is a member of the "National Sprint Car Hall of Fame".
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:49 PM   #3
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Look at this awesome color shot of Tommy Hinnershitz in the "Miracle Power Spl"#2, leading Speed McFee in Dutch Culps #4, both Offy powered Hillegass built sprint cars. Williams Grove, PA, 1955 is the site of the shot from Gordon Eliot Whites great book, "Offenhauser, the legendary racing engine and the men who built it". The photo is from the Lou Ensworth collection.
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Great shot of Johnny Parsons Sr. qualifying the "Autobright Spl." sprinter at Reading, PA in 1951. From the Bruce Craig collection, also from Gordon Eliot Whites book on the Offenhauser engine.
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Ouch! Chuck Hulse takes a terrible tumble at New Bremen, OH on May 3, 1964.
That's Bob Wente in the "Wynn's" #3 subbing for the injured Don Branson. Ken Coles shot this amazing photo. Hulse suffered pretty serious back and eye injuries, but recovered to race many more years. Look at Wente's left rear tire, I'm suspecting he tangled with Hulse.
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Parnelli Jones had a younger brother, Paul who was a excellent sprint car driver also. Here is Paul Jones in Bruce Bromme's Offy sprinter, Imperial, CA in Feb. of 1969. Photo from Dolan Lannon Collection, from Buzz Rose's great book "California Hot Shoes, CRA sprint cars 1955-1970 volume 1"
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Jud Larson in A.J. Watson's Offy sprint car, Terre Haute, IN. in 1965. A great Ken Coles, photo of the legend himself.
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A portrait of a champion.
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Now here's a beautiful sprint car, built by the incredible Steve Stapp in 1964. This car is now fully restored, but it led a terrific life, it was driven by 5 USAC national sprint car champions, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Johnny Rutherford, Rollie Beale, and Pancho Carter, Mario Andretti, 4 of which won the Indy 500. This car competed until 1981 (under several other owners), It was restored in 2004 by Joe Fiore
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Here's 3 time Indy 500 winner, and 1965 USAC National Sprint Car Champ, Johnny Rutherford, on his way to winning the feature at Terre Haute, IN, 1965. In the wonderful Stapp sprinter.
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