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benaslopoke
10-13-2009, 08:29 PM
Several years ago I happened to run up on the Interstate Battery Tour.. There was a Studebaker racer with a straight 8 engine with multi carburetors and a race car side pipe exhaust..This car looked to be typical of the Indy racers of the 30's altho it was street legal.. Owner said it had been at Indy.. Anyone know about this car and others and were they indeed factory sponsered?? Seems to be very little info on this..

Ben Barfield

rockne10
10-13-2009, 09:04 PM
Tons of info available. Mentioned here often.

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Use the "Search" function in upper right to explore previous posts.

garyash
10-14-2009, 06:52 AM
Yes, there were 5 that ran as the factory team, though one of those was privately owned, plus some other Indy cars over the years with Studebaker straight 8 power. They used both the big 336 cu in engine and the smaller 250 cu in engine in (mostly) stock block condition, though with 4 carbs and a Scintilla magneto. Four of the factory cars still exist. I am currently trying to build a clone.

What color was the car you saw? Then we can tell you a lot more about it.

Here's a link to a YouTube video that I took of one of the cars just this past summer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJdBO3tib3g


[img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/indy/gary_indycar25_vvsm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
Dartmouth, Mass.
'32 Indy car replica (in progress)
'48 M5
'65 Wagonaire Commander
'63 Wagonaire Standard
web site at http://www.studegarage.com

benaslopoke
10-14-2009, 10:26 AM
The 18 car is very well done.. When I saw the one on the tour it was at Newnan, Ga. I think.. It was 25 years ago so I'm a little fuzzy on it.. Had the same grille as the 18 car and I think it was black.. Possibly had cycle fenders and it did have the four carburetors.. Having grown up around a family with Studebakers (self included) my interest has exploded big time..

Thanks

Ben

garyash
10-14-2009, 06:03 PM
You may have seen the #22 car before it got restored and painted a deep red/maroon color. It used to belong to Virgil Exner, Sr. and is now displayed in the Indy Speedway Museum. [Though it may be on it's way to Japan on loan for some time.]

Here is a story about his father and the car as told by Virgil Exner, Jr. You need to scroll about 2/3 of the way down the very long page or do a CTRL-f and search for Exner.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/daily/20090622

The car that was originally black (#46) got shipped to South Africa. . The owner wrecked it while racing the car there about 1950 and died in the crash. It is now lost, though legend has it that a 1930's Studebaker bus in South Africa received the engine and used it for many years. Where is it now? Maybe some of our South African members can locate the mystery bus. I'd love to have the engine, though the bus probably did not use it with 4 carbs on it.

[img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/indy/gary_indycar25_vvsm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
Dartmouth, Mass.
'32 Indy car replica (in progress)
'48 M5
'65 Wagonaire Commander
'63 Wagonaire Standard
web site at http://www.studegarage.com

comatus
10-15-2009, 11:27 PM
I never miss a chance to throw this in: the aerodynamic studies for that body were done by a just-out-of-school engineering apprentice named Clarence Johnson. He later went on to design an airplane or two.

benaslopoke
10-16-2009, 11:59 PM
Yep, He did !! Kelly designed the P-38/ U-2 (Dragon Lady)/ SR-71 (Blackbird)/the Connie/ and on and on.. Over forty years of outstanding A/C.. Sorry jus had to add that !!