1935 Shaw Indy Special news, pictures, and information
The FWD system for the Pirrung Special was designed by Leo Goosen and Wilbur Shaw. It was completed in time for the 1935 edition of the Indianapolis 500. It was paired with a second Pirrung Special (number 8) which had been created for Doc MacKenzie. Wilbur Shaw drove the number 14 along with riding mechanic Myron Stevens. As the checkered flag fell signaling the end of the race, the #14 Pirrung Special managed to score an impressive 2nd overall behind Kelly Petillo. The #14 would return again in 1936 and 1937, though unable to match the success of the 1935 season. For 1938, the second seat was removed in order to comply with the single man formula specification and again raced at Indy. In 1939, the car was involved in an accident and was retired from racing.
Its significance in history was not forgotten. The car was rebuilt and brought to the Monterey Historic Races in 2007 in celebration of the Indianapolis 500 feature. The restoration work was performed by Phil Riley and Company.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2011