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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:44 PM
I have long wondered where this car ended up. It raced in UARA (Chicago area)
in the 1970's.
The car was unique in many ways. It was an aluminum monocoque chassis built by
Harry Turner (2456 N. Western Av in Chicago - don't know why I recall that). He
and Gary Bettenhausen cooked up a prototype about 1967.
This was the 4th or 5th one built, ordered by Don Reidelberger in Chicago. I
drove the car for two seasons.
The front suspension was independent A-arm with a X-torsion helper bar on the
right front. The rear was a conventional Halibrand with a tapered axle. Oil
tank was under the seat, as I recall.
It started life as a Chev II, but a VW was installed in 1975 which required that
a section of the tub be made removable just above the cylinders on the right
side. An inside stiffener was added. When it left the area, ignition was
battery/distributor, not a magneto.
The car was orange - black upholstery - when it was shipped to a buyer in
California, about 1979.
Given the coverage of the internet, any clues as to the current owner or
location would be appreciated.
For some reason I can't get the photo to attach tonight. I posted this request with a photo on the HAMB cageless midget thread. If you haven't visited that site you need to. Also the 620 page pre-1969 sprint car thread.
Posted 04 July 2014 - 05:17 PM
The fate of this car was finally revealed in 2013 on Face Book. Loran Chiever out in California bougth the car but only got to race it once. A huge crash wrote off the chassis and the parts were transfered to the chassis Don Edmunds used to fit upholstery for mail order customers.
If you have unanswered midget history questions try Face Book. Lots of new photos and stories being posted every day. Old friends are surfacing and mysteries are being solved.
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