The Al Hamilton Special was built in the fall of 1974 by Don Maxwell and welded by Doug Wolfgang in Lincoln Nebraska.
Jan Opperman won the 1975 Florida Nationals. The car has many wins wîth other drivers such as Mitch Smith, Kramer Williamson, Van May, Lynn Paxton, Smokey Snellbaker, Rich Eichelberger, Ralph Splithaler, and Smokey Snyder.
Jan Opperman began his racing career in the mid-1960s, on motorcycles and in midgets in the San Francisco Bay Area. He gained attention when, more than once, he drove an even-then-antique Ford V8/60-powered midget to victory at Ascot against nationally known drivers running brand-new equipment. But his long hair and counter-culture attitude made him an outsider among the generally more buttoned-down drivers of that time.
In 1968, car builder Bob Trossle offered Opperman his first ride in a competitive sprint car. By 1970 Opperman was known as one of the premier 'outlaw' sprinters in the Midwest; and the 'Flying Hippie' had become a marketable oddity. Promoter Jack Gunn lured Opperman to Pennsylvania, which was already known for the toughest outlaw sprint car racing int he country. In a winged car, Opperman could circle the half-mile at Selinsgrove without lifting. He ran as many as 99 events in a year, and once told journalist Brock Yates that he raced so regularly it had become 'like carrying a lunch bucket to work.'
Dom Maxwell, himself a respected driver, began building sprint cars wîth Opperman in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1972. This car was completed in the fall of 1974 by Maxwell and Doug Wolfgang and Al Hamilton. Its fuel-injected alcohol-fueled Chevrolet 383 cubic-inch stroker V8 produces 600 horsepower. With Opperman behind the wheel, it won its inaugural race, at the 1975 Florida Winternationals, and many other events back in Pennsylvania that spring. It was later driven by Mitch Smith, Kramer Williamson, Lynn Paxton, Van May, Smokey Snellbaker, Rich Eichelberger, Ralph Spithaler and Smokey Snyder.
Now owned by Gloria and Dale Holder of Holsopple, Pennsylvania, it is restored as it appeared at Opperman's victory in the 1975 Florida Winternationals. The symbol on its hood is called the Cross of Peace, which Opperman also wore on his helmet.Source - AACA Museum
|ŠKODA'S BIG EVENT OFFERS NEW-CAR CUSTOMERS OUTSTANDING VALUE AND FREE FUEL|
|◾Zero percent APR representative on Solutions PCP finance on selected new models*
◾Every new car ordered comes with £500 of free fuel**
◾Up to £2,000 towards your finance deposit***
◾ŠKODA Big Event runs 4 to 23 January
Milton Keynes, 10th January ŠKODA is offering new car buyers a way to beat the January blues in the form of a special new car event. Running from 4 to 23 January, the nationwide event offers people the chance to buy selected new ŠKODA models with 0% APR representativ...[Read more...]|
|NO LONGER THE STUFF OF DREAMS: INTRODUCING THE ŠKODA THAT'S FASTER THAN THE SUPERCAR ICONS OF YESTERYEAR|
|◾Superb 2.0 TSI 280PS is the most powerful production ŠKODA ever
◾0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds makes it quicker than a host of classic supercars
◾Exceptional performance guaranteed thanks to standard four-wheel drive system
◾Short film produced by ŠKODA highlights remarkable performance
Milton Keynes: 07 July 2016: For generations, young car fanatics have festooned bedroom walls with pictures of the most exotic cars in the world. With their incredible acceleration figures and top spe...[Read more...]|
|MODEL YEAR 2016: INFOTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE FEATURES HEAD THE CHANGES|
|• Volkswagen will also add a new Jetta GLI and a new entry-level e-Golf trim
• Majority of models receive the new MIB II infotainment system with USB and VW Car-Net® App-Connect, which integrates Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ , and MirrorLink®
• CC, Golf family and Jetta models receive new driver assistance features, including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
• Beetle and Jetta models add the Automatic Post-Collision ...[Read more...]|
|VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA REPORTS SEPTEMBER 2014 SALES|
| ||September sales total 25,996 units
• The all-new Golf delivered1,887 units for the month, marking a 93.1 percent increase in sales for the model over the previous September
• The Golf GTI delivered 1,600 units, a 47.6 percent increase
• Jetta sedan delivered 8,980 units for the month
• Passat delivered 7,280 units for the month
• High-mileage, TDI® Clean Diesel models accounted for 5,715 units, representing 22 percent of sales in September
• Year-to-date TDI sales were 63,099, re...[Read more...]|
|VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE DUNE CONCEPT TO DEBUT AT NAIAS|
|◾Beetle Dune concept is a potential version of the design icon
◾Customized design and ski rack at the rear
Wolfsburg / Detroit, January 2014 - The Beetle is a phenomenon, regardless of where it shows up in the world: People are always happy to see this car, whether it's the coupe or the Convertible. With the world premiere of the Beetle Dune at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen is giving the public the chance to see a Beetle with a cool and rugged offro...[Read more...]|