1973 Edmunds Sprint Car news, pictures, and information
In 1963, Edmunds opened his own shop, Don Edmunds Autoresearch, in Anaheim, California, where he would build close to 600 oval-track and road-race cars during the following 18 years. Of his 85 sprint cars, several won national championships.
By 1970, sprint cars were sprouting wings - inverted airfoils, actually, which pressed down on the car, increasing traction and cornering grip while reducing the changes of getting airborne. Massive sideboards increased the efficiency of the relatively narrow (compared to aircraft) wings by keeping the air stream from spilling off the ends. Additionally, and significantly, the wings helped absorb the energy of a violent rollover. In 1978, promoter Ted Johnson founded the World of Outlaws, a new sanctioning body and tour for top-level winged sprints.
This 1973 Edmunds winged sprint car, powered by a 350 cubic-inch Chevrolet V8, was originally owned by Ruth, Sam and Don Kimberling of Tyrone, Pennsylvania. Don raced it at Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, Williams Grove in Mechanicsburg, Port Royal, and Clearfield. Its final race was the National Open at Williams Grove in 1975. It was then parked in the Kimberling's garage until 1994, when it was purchased and restored by Bud Garvey of the Garvey Race Car Museum in Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania.
Edmunds himself became a collector and restorer of antique race cars.Source - AACA Museum
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