This 1960 Joe Hunt Magneto Special is competley original. It retains its original striking paint job designed by Tommy Hunt, the son of Joe Hunt. The first race was at the 1960 Indy 500 where it was piloted by 33 year-old Al Herman. This low-budget team was able to qualify the vehicle at a speed of 141.84 mph. They ran as high as 16th and finished in 32nd.
This car was built from Watson Roadster plans in 1960, by Wayne Ewing and Ronnie Ward. In the 1960 Indy 500 race, the car qualified 30th and finished 32nd, due to a faulty clutch. In the 1961 Indy race, the car did not qualify, driven in three separate attempts by Danny Jones, Don Freeland and Paul Russo. In 1962, three more unsuccessful qualifying attempts were made by Keith Rachewitz, Chuck Arnold and Jim Hurtubise. In 1963, Jimmy Daywalt and Chuck Rodee were unsuccessful in qualifying the car, and Chuck Rodee was again unsuccessful at qualifying for the Indy in 1964. This car also raced at Milwaukee, Hanford and Phoenix with such drivers as George Snider, Carl Williams and Bob Hunt. It also raced at Oswego as a Chevy-powered supermodified racer.
The 1960 Joe Hunt Magneto Special was one of two 'Watson copies' Ewing built that year. Hunt hired Al Herman, former rookie of the year at Indy, to drive the car. Herman was qualified 30th with a speed of 141.838. (Eddie Sachs drove the other 'Watson Copy' to the pole position with a qualifying speed of 146.592.) Herman maneuvered the Hunt car into 16th place by the first pit stop at 34 laps, but the clutch blew as he exited the pits and was classified as 32nd for the day. Several more attempts were made to qualify over the next several years, but the car never made the Indy field again.
The car was restored by Roger Beck/Reilly Restoration and is maintained by Reilly Restoration.Also photographed at :