The summer of 2007 saw the unveiling of Charles Glick's latest Great Race creation; the 1917 Golden Submarine.
After the 1916 death of his friend Bob Burman, who had been racing an open cockpit car, Barney Oldfield commissioned engineering mastermind Harry Miller to build a new kind of race car with a metal roll cage inside the driver's compartment. The Golden Submarine cost Oldfield $15,000.
Aerodynamically advanced and wind-tunnel tested, the streamlined racer was years ahead of its time in many ways. It had a 104 inch wheelbase and featured a 289 cubic-inch, SOHC, cross-flow, water-cooled 136 horsepower four-cylinder engine, which would make it the forerunner of Miller's highly successful Offenhauser racing engine of later years.
Since the late 1990s, Glick has been involved with building cars for the Great Race. A quirk of fate in 2003 set in motion the events that enabled Glick to become involved in the re-creation of the Golden Submarine. That year he met Dale Bell, a Great Race competitor, who later commissioned Glick to build the Golden Submarine.
'The Golden Submarine's shape was probably influenced by early submarines,' Glick said, 'because the vehicle, though smaller, looks virtually identical to pictures of Russian two-man submarines that operated during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905.