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Look at these two racers....... a pair of Model T based dirt track cars

which look to be very professional. I wonder just what is going on

in this scene ? Were they covered overnight and it blew off ? The

car in the rear has a overhead valve head, not sure about the front

one.

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This a Gordon Watney Special, he was a very well know dealer - racer in England. He built and raced mostly large chain drive specials some of which were aero engined and built on double chain drive Mercedes chassis. Many of these creations were raced on the famous Brooklands track before 'its' demise during WWII. This special is incredible, read the description in the ad.

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Another T covered with the white stuff......looks to be a center door style. The other shot looks to be what used to be a T also.

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Three trucks...T roadster pickup and a couple of Chevrolets...I always love to see the photographer's shadow in a shot!

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An early colorized photo found in upstate NY. Only the front of the car is colored dark green w/burgundy spokes. Very handsome 40 HP sized Demi Tonneau.

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Another early colorized photo of a pre Model T Ford ? The happy owner is posing out in front of the neighborhood garage for the photog. Only the body, brass and wheels were colored.

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F.W. Leland practicing before one of the Briarcliff road races in NY. The Stearns looks to be a 30/60 HP model......one of the best cars of the day.

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Three Bugatti pix.

Works driver Louis Chiron showing much panache in 1928.

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A very famous image of Howe's T59 getting lotsa air on the "Bump" at Brooklands with the Barnato-Hassan Bentley in the background.

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And lastly, the field at the 1934 Spanish Gran Prix, showing all kinds of exotic beasties.

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The Studebaker racing history began in an alley on Indiana Ave. in South Bend several miles from the factory in 1930. An inspired group of young employees fabricated a

Two-man racecar powered with the 337 CID Studebaker President 8 engine mostly from parts off the shelf at Studebaker. Their car was named the “ROMTHE”. It was the first letter of the last name of each of the builders “Richards”; “Onishi”; “MacDonald”; “Tate” and “Hundley”. They added an “E” to make it sound melodic.

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Notice the name Studebaker does not appear anywhere on the car. This is thought to be because the factory did not want its name associated with this project in the event it failed in any way that would reflect badly on its reputation for quality automobiles.

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In the end the car as #35 with MacDonald as driver qualified at 98.95 mph and finished in 18<SUP>th</SUP> position in the 1930 Indy 500 race. Not bad for a bunch of kids several of who lived at the YMCA. The performance of the Romthe led to a factory-sponsored entry in 1931 called the “Hunt Special” named after George Hunt a Studebaker Engineering Mgr. who supervised its construction.

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For 1931 the Romthe was purchased by William Richards and revised with body changes and entered at Indianapolis as #57 with Luther Johnson as driver where it qualified at 107.65 mph and finished 20<SUP>th</SUP>.

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In the first photos you can see the Romthe posing for photos in the alley behind 217 Indiana Ave. where it was built.

The 3rd photo was made when a South Bend News-Times reporter interviewed the crew before it left for time trials in 1930. The News-Times went out of business in the late 1930’s and their photo archives were lost to history. The only source of this image is a bound volume of newspapers at the library.

The 4<SUP>th</SUP> photo is the Richards Special under construction in the garage under preparation for the 1931 Indy 500 race.

The last photo is the official Indianapolis finisher’s photo of #57 after the 1931 race.

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