indy roadster builders
|Posted on May 24, 2010 at 6:35 PM||comments (10)|
The Roadster Tracks! Where They Raced!
The roadsters were built for Indy, but they also raced at other paved race tracks on the Championship Trail. Reviewing the AAA and USAC Championship races throughout the roadster era (1952 through 1966) revealed some surprising facts and a few things that had slipped my memory over the years.
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|Posted on January 27, 2010 at 1:23 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on January 23, 2010 at 7:21 AM||comments (382)|
The Halibrand Roadster Wheel
Throughout the 50s and into the 60s, Halibrand Engineering was the top supplier of components for the Indy roadsters. Halibrand supplied drivelines, quick change rear axles, front hubs, steering gears, and disc brakes. Most of these parts were buried inside the car and unseen by the fans.
One part, that Halibrand created, was right out there ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 2, 2010 at 10:01 PM||comments (7)|
Laydown Engine vs Upright Engine
Watson/Kurtis vs Sahih/Epperly/Lugie
By 1957, of the ’52 through ‘66 roadster era, the “template” for the Indy roadster had been established.
• Tubular space frame
• front straight axle
• Offenhauser engine, mount...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 21, 2009 at 10:59 AM||comments (2)|
FINAL UPDATE 1 Dec 09 11:45 AM
Tom Malloy is the winning bidder for the NOVI parts. This is a good news! Tom is major collector in Cal. and he owns one of the few complete NOVI cars, in running condition, the original 1941 Winfield/ Miller chassis Tom also owns Ed Pink Engines so he has the capability to do something useful with these parts.
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|Posted on October 17, 2009 at 7:28 PM||comments (5)|
The Firestone Roadster Tires
As I was writing the previous blog about the Firestone test cars, I got off on a tangent, and found myself gathering some information about the Firestone tires, used throughout the roadster era. I decided that there was enough interesting stuff to write a separate blog about these tires.
I still have some unanswered questions, but the guys I talked to, who were ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM||comments (2)|
This blog was much harder to research than I expected. There are "bits and pieces" of information from many different sources... much of it conflicting.
From studying history books, media articles "from the day", old photos and talking to a few remaining guys, who were actually there, I think I, now, have it correctly sorted out .
Another problem is that there are not many good pix of these cars. I have posted what photos, I have, in an album, titled "Fir...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 20, 2009 at 9:18 PM||comments (7)|
When I think of an Indy roadster, the image that comes to my mind is the Kurtis 500G and the Watson roadster. These cars were the most produced cars of the roadster era with Kurtis building 16 of the 500G and G2 models in 1956 and 1957 and Watson building 23 of his roadsters between 1956 and 1963. Both cars were designed and built by the top pro builders and mechanics of the day.
These cars had almost identical layouts with the driver offset to the right a...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2009 at 12:08 AM||comments (28)|
the NOVI V8 roadsters
By the mid 50s, the late 40s era Kurtis front drive NOVI chassis were getting well beyond their useful competitive life. Top car builder of the day, Frank Kurtis, had been hounding NOVI owner, Lew Welch to buy some new rear wheel drive roadster chassis to run the NOVI engine. Welch finally made the move for the 1956 Indy 500 by ordering two new, specially built, Kurtis roadsters.
The Kurtis 500F NOVI w...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 17, 2009 at 12:26 PM||comments (6)|
1954 was the year when three of the top owners of the day decided to build streamline cars for the 1955 INDY 500. Many of you have taken a look at my "streamliners" photo album on the "Photo Gallery" page, so I decided do a blog with a little history on each of these very interesting roadsters.
The #33 Belond Miracle Power Streamliner
This car was based on Kurtis 500B chassis that...Read Full Post »