Don Urgo, a young sprint car driver, was employed at Eddie Kuzma's race car shop in Gardena, CA in 1961. Armed with a new sprint car design, he struck a bargain with Kuzma, gaining the use of the shop after hours to build a new car, along with materials and parts from Kuzma's shop stock. This agreement worked well and the car quickly neared completion, however, business slowed and Urgo was without a job. Unable to pay for the parts and materials, the incomplete car defaulted to Kuzma. Passing by the shop in 1962, Wally Meskowski noticed the car and purchased it on the spot. Halibrand engineering provided the parts required to make the car a rolling chassis and upon completion, a host of well-known drivers got behind the wheel. During the 1963 season, A.J. Foyt won the USAC season opener at Reading, PA, and took the checkered flag two weeks later at Langhorne, PA. Bobby Marshman won the 15-mile race at Terre Haute, IN. In 1964, with sponsorship from Wynn's, Roger McCluskey flipped the car at Reading. Repairs were made and the car secured two more victories for the season. In 1965, Johnny Rutherford joined Meskowski, winning six races and taking the 1965 USAC Sprint Car Championship.
The car then passed through several owners who raced the car until it was disassembled and discarded alongside a grain elevator in Cummings, ND. In the late 1980s, the car was purchased by Denny Wagner who researched the history and restored it to its 1965 glory with remarkable attention to detail. This car was on display in 1995 when Johnny Rutherford was inducted into the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
|RM MONTEREY OFF TO A RACING START WITH ESTEEMED JIM CLICK FORD PERFORMANCE COLLECTION|
|• RM Sotheby's returns to California's Monterey Peninsula, August 19 – 20, for its flagship sale during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
• Early entries powered by the Jim Click Ford Performance Collection, a superlative group of competitive racing Fords and Shelbys
• Collection highlighted by CSX 2473, one of the most successful competition Cobras of all time, and a Ford GT40 Mk I
• A tradition spanning over 30 years, RM's two-day Monterey sale to feature 100 blue-chip collector cars
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|ANDIAL DIVISION OF PORSCHE MOTORSPORT NORTH AMERICA OPENS ITS DOORS TO RACE CAR REVIVALS|
|Santa Ana, California – November 24, 2014 - The first ANDIAL-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, owned by Porsche Club of America (PCA) member Klaus Viljanmaa (Wichita, Kansas), has been completed and is now running in PCA events, signaling the start of completion of five specially prepared ANDIAL Edition race cars.
Ever since ANDIAL founders, the late Arnold Wagner, Dieter Inzenhofer and Alwin Springer (the company got its name by combining two letters from each of their names) le...[Read more...]|
|HONDA READY AS 2014 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON OPENS|
| ||◾New Honda twin-turbo V6 engine debuts
◾Andretti Autosport returns to Honda power
◾Lineup includes eight race winners, 2012 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay
03/24/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif. -- Seven teams and a dozen full-time entries will lead the Honda effort in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, which opens Sunday with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
The manufacturer and its Honda Performance Development racing arm are seeking their seventh competitive manufacturers' championsh...[Read more...]|
|1969 24 Hours of Le Mans: A Traditional Statement Provides a Memorable Race|
|What if a statement ended up costing one of the biggest victories of one's career? Would it be worth it? Jacky Ickx would come close to finding out as he approached the checkered flag on the afternoon of the 15th of June in 1969.
Ford had determined to defeat Ferrari on ground it had come to dominate throughout the early 1960s. By 1966, the mission would be complete. Ford would take the overall victory with their GT40 Mk II driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. However, the dominance would ...[Read more...]|
|RRDC VOTES IN 37 NEW MEMBERS FOR 2013|
| ||HILLIARD, Ohio (Nov. 7, 2013) - Thirty-seven race-car drivers and motorsports professionals have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2013. The group includes 13 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, 20 Associate Members and four Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC members now numbers 440. Voting was held among all current RRDC members.
'This year's crop of new Regular Members truly represents the spirit of the RRDC, as each driver has de...[Read more...]|