Arthritis Special Vehicle Tent: The Need For Speed
Early Race Cars Through 1930 - Sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts
1930 Oakland Indy Racer
Owner: John and Candy Armstrong
Manufacture: Owner Replicated Original
Production Number: 1
Original Cost: N/A
Number of Cylinders: V8
Drive Train: Oakland Three Speed
Engine HP: 80hp
Top Speed: 105mph
Features: The very first V8 powered vehicle to enter the Indy 500. Owned by Ira Vail and driven by Claude Burton & Geo. H. Howie. With over 400 pages of documentation, this Indy Racer took ten years to build. Meticulous attention to detail was accomplished with the help of 48 people from four countries. The racer retains its authenticity using all 1930 or period correct parts, including nuts and bolts. In 2016, at the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, the racer attained a verifiable top speed of 97mph, matching the 1930 average qualifying speed of 95mph, with a top speed of 105mph. The valves are set horizontally at 180 degrees and the pistons are at 90 degrees to the valves, thus the unique "V" shape head.
1928 Jesse Vincent Speedster - Model 626
Owner: America's Packard Museum
Manufacture: Packard Motor Car Co.
Number of Cylinders: L-Head Straight 8
Drive Train: Three speed transmission
Engine HP: 109hp
Top Speed: 129mph
Features: Colonel Jesse Vincent, architect of Packard's fabled Twin Six, and designer of the Liberty aircraft engine was an innovator and dreamer. In 1925 he lobbied for the 2 1/2 mile oval Packard Proving Ground test track in Detroit. He directed the Prototype Department to build him his own Hot-Rod strictly for racing. The speedster was recorded at over 129mph at the Proving Grounds. In 1929 a young aviator named Charles Lindbergh was clocked at 112mph in the Jesse Vincent Speedster on the same track which he said was the fastest he had ever gone on the ground.
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