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It's alive and still racing: 1932 Indy car #46 [Now with video link!!!]

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  • #16
    Thanks again Gary! Love that era race cars! Amazing thing is less than three miles from me there was a huge wooden plank oval race track. The track was called Amatol raceway,as the locals called it , built on the site of a WW1 munitions plant also called Amatol.
    Operated from 1926 to about 1933 or so. Studebaker was a major player there and maintained a factory shop there behind Burdicks Bus Stop, ( still there) still can see the pits.
    Studebaker used this track for testing and endurance evaluations after racing ceased.
    Last edited by 57pack; 09-01-2013, 06:36 PM.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
      That's very interesting Gary! So in the brake department, Valpey's #37 is probably the most original of all the factory team cars?
      Stan Smith, Sr and Stan Smith, Jr restored the #37 back in the late '70's early '80's. Their goal at the time was to do a perfect restoration as it appeared in 1931. Remember, #37 was the 1931 prototype produced by Studebaker engineers without corporate auspices. The company got on board after #37 was showing well when it went over the wall at Indy and later won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Corporate authorized four more cars to make an Indy team for 1932. Valpey's car is truly "ONE OF A KIND"!

      Here's its restored debut in Boalsburg, PA, 1981.







      Last edited by rockne10; 09-01-2013, 09:01 PM.
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