1970 Trevis Sprint Car news, pictures, and information
At first, the distinctions among midgets, big cars and championship cars were not always well defined. By moving the front axle, the same car might run as either a big car or a championship car; while championship and non-championship big cars often raced together. By the early 1950s, however, the championship-level cars that raced at Indianapolis were becoming increasingly specialized, largely to lower the center of gravity. And by the early 1960s, people were calling the more upright, non-championship big cars sprint cars - probably because they usually raced in shorter events.
Floyd Trevis built midgets in the 1940s, and his first Indianapolis car in 1946, the twin-engine, four-wheel drive Lou Fageol Twin Coach Special, which Paul Russo qualified second and then wrecked 40 miles into the race. Trevis also re-built the chassis that became A.J. Foyt's Indy-winning 1961 Bowes Seal Fast Special.
Trevis built sprint cars as well for Dave & Lou Blaney, Lynn Paxton, Dick Tobias, Jan Opperman, Gary Bettenhausen, Ralph Ligouri, Bobby & Sheldon Kinser, and many other top drivers. One of Trevis' most successful sprinters was 'Old Blue,' built in 1970 and powered by a 377 cubic-inch, 600 horsepower Chevrolet small-block. Driven by Paul Pitzer and Kenny Weld, it won over 150 races for owner Bob Weikert, including the Knoxville Nationals in 1972 and 1973, the Williams Grove 150 in 1972 and 1973, and the Florida Winternationals in 1972. It is now owned by the Bob Weikert Family and is usually on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs, Pennsylvania. TrevisCraft, the company Floyd founded, still manufactures race cars in North Lima, Ohio.
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|ALL-AMERICAN CAR TO BE CONSERVED BY ALL-AMERICAN RACERS|
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|Limited-Edition Ford Racing History Artwork Unveiled at SEMA; Limited-Edition Print Sales to Benefit JDRF|
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|45Th Anniversary Of 'All-American' Victory At 1967 Le Mans|
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