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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 01-07-2010, 05:51 AM   #11
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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.
Bad day at New Bremen.
This was the same day that Jim Maguire lost an arm in a crash and Bob Black destroyed the original Cheesman Offy over the turn 4 wall.
That was the last time the "Fike" car ever ran in the midwest, although it turned up later in Cal. owned by Johnny Anderson. It ended up in Australia, with a roll cage and a wing Hank Henry must have rolled over in his grave when he saw what those guys did to his "magnum opus". It is still in Aus. owned by a guy named Bob Blacklaw.



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Mac, thanks for adding to the history here, it really makes these posts come to life when someone like yourself, who was there, can add details and insight. We need guys like you to validate some of this history!
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Here's the car Mac refers to, the wonderful Fike Plumbing Spl. with the legendary Parnelli Jones aboard.

A blurry color photo from an obscure book "American Automobile Racing An Illustrated History" by Albert R. Bochroch published in 1974 in Great Britain, then published in the US in 1977. The Fike car at Winchester, IN in 1960, again Parnelli in the wheel house.

Not sure who's in Diz Wilson's #71 Offy up top there, Johnny White?
Mac Miller can give us the stat's on the Fike car, it won a ton. USAC sprint title in 60 and 61, and much, much more.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:31 PM   #14
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Hey Mitch,

The Steve Stapp #4 is one great picture, what a beautiful restoration.

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Hey Mitch,

The Steve Stapp #4 is one great picture, what a beautiful restoration.

Chuck
The car is owned by Larry Pfitzenmaier in Arizona, who also owns the #99 "Joe Hunt" champ dirt car and the #16 Simoniz Watson roadster.

There is also a perfect reproduction of the Stapp#4 in northern Indiana owned by Pat York.



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Thanks for those memory-jogging photos. Mac, one of my greatest memories is that I came out of the service in 1960 just in time to see Parnelli Jones and the Fike Plumbing Special appear in the Midwest.
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Probably the ultimate picture of the "Fike" racing with A.J. on the high banks at Salem in 1961.
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My grandfather Johnny White drove Diz Wilson's 71. And Knepper drove his car 70.
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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.
That was June 13. Johnny missed the first 4 sprint races before getting this ride. He lost it the following race and picked up the Meskowski #9 ride for the rest of the year and the rest is history. Ended up breaking his arms the following April at Eldora in the Wynn's #1. That car was also restored by Joe Fiore.
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I was speaking with a mate of Bob Blacklaw last weekend and just happened to mention the Fike Special. He knew nothing about the car and said ..."Lets phone Blacklaw and find out how it's going"
Aparently the car is coming along nicely and is about 3/4 restored. Trouble is I didn't ask in what configuration.......the Fike car or the car that came to Australia....now known as the Anderson sprinter. Because of my interest he told my mate that I'll be invited to check it out when it's done.
With camera in hand, I'm looking forward to that!
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