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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 01-25-2011, 05:00 PM   #21
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Can't wait to see that, keep us posted Bob!!!!
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:31 PM   #22
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Unfortunately for us, the car is being restored as it ran in Australia.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:02 PM   #23
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Then it will look like this......as seen here from 1972 when Anderson ran it at Liverpool City Raceway, Sydney Australia. Don't get me wrong... I'd prefer to see it come back as the Fike Plumbing Spl....however this is the way the car is remembered here...not as the Fike car.
This car totally changed racing here. Super Modifieds became obsolete overnight!


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Old 01-25-2011, 08:19 PM   #24
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Sometimes those decisions are hard when a car has more than one great history! Don't take this the wrong way but I say forget you Aussies! Give us back our cars! Honestly though, I'm glad someone with the money and resources has chosen to use it to preserve racing history.
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"Give us back our cars!"
LOL.......With the number of notable cars that are in Australia and New Zealand, I reckon you guys should be more aware of the history of your famous cars...especially midgets....we certainly are down here!
Here is an example of one that got away a while back from a noted collector in the "States" and currently resides in Sydney.
Hey CT.... you're right buddy.....as long as someone restores them, then the history is maintained.
Just an aside.....the Fike Plumbing Special sprinter....one of "the cars of the 1960s"... was found sitting in long grass in the front of a house in Darwin, Australia....Google that place and see how far it was from its home town!
Thank goodness Bob Blacklaw knew what it was.
And on that same visit to Darwin, Blacklaw also found one of Bob Tattersall's famous cars ...the Cascio Offy that is totally retored and is seen on display at events around Sydney.


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Old 01-26-2011, 10:32 AM   #26
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It's important that these cars survive, it does bum us out when we lose one to another country, but as long as they survive, and thrive. You guys in Australia have some of our fantastic cars, the wonderful "El Toro Garage" Edmunds VW that Larry Patton, Bobby Olivero, and Sammy Swindell (won his first ever midget race in),and many others drove, went down under a few month's ago. Maybe the guy could have a separate body built with the "Fike Plumbing", livery on it, and unbolt the cage and display it every now and then as it raced with Parnelli Jones aboard!

Should not have put up this photo, now I'm gonna' cry.
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:40 PM   #27
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There is a prominent Australian businessman who has been buying midgets left and right. I think they're all still here in the states though. Three aren't even done yet! One of which is the Matoon Motors Offy that Tattersall drove.
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HMMMMMMM......I wonder who that could be?
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Maybe the guy could have a separate body built with the "Fike Plumbing", livery on it, and unbolt the cage and display it every now and then as it raced with Parnelli Jones aboard!

Should not have put up this photo, now I'm gonna' cry.

Here is a pic of my humble replica of the "Fike" as it appeared in the Parnelli Jones display at Amelia Island a couple of years ago. Also, a pic of Parnelli in my car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:20 PM   #30
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Being a Yank, I'd rather see the Fike car. Being down under it will probably be done as the Anderson car.
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