OK its been a long time since I did an update, but heres an amazing one! These are some photos a friend of mine just sent over to me, never before seen (by me at least) of Roy in 1965. Shows amazing detail of the car and one interesting photo which doesn’t have the Hunter Chevrolet sponsorship on the rear-quarter. This can only mean that photo was taken right after the car was finished during its very first race. So cool!
Stay tuned, the old girl comes back from the Lemay Auto Museum up in WA in May of 2014, when she will start racing again after a year long break.
I just had a wonderful chat on the phone with NASCAR legend, Rex White. What a nice guy!
There had been some debate about which of Rex’s cars were used to build my car and he confirmed that my Impala was actually built from his 1962 car, the first car to ever win a superspeedway race with a 409, Pretty Cool!! — The 409 was used in the car until late 65 apparently when it became unreliable and was replaced by the 427 (396 overbore) — A guy named Jim Bray out of Canada bought Rex’s 1962 Impala which was then sold to Tom Hunter who used it to build the old girl in 1965. I’m going to give Jim a call tomorrow to get the rest of the story.
*the* actual Rex White 1962 car is pictured below at the 1962 Daytona 500
Oct 30, 2011 HSCRS (Historic Stock Car Racing Series) charity event where we raised over $33k for Cerebral Palsy! This is the morning practice with my Mom in the right seat enjoying every minute of it (legs crossed just enjoying the ride!). Amazing what 40 years of stock car development will do including lots of point bys but hell of a lot of fun running with the newer cars!
Raced the old girl this weekend in the Portland Historics — Day one (Friday) we lost the mechanical fuel pump AGAIN and again it shot oil straight onto the headers; had to be towed back in. We converted over to an electric fuel pump and the car ran like a champ. Has a bit of a miss at high RPM we need to figure out though. Then on Sunday afternoon during the Chevrolet 100 year anniversary feature race I lost third gear! Doh! This is the video of me running on Sunday morning session/practice. The car really starts going around 6:00 into the video.
More updates later this week. Car got covered in Hemmings Muscle car magazine and a few others! So cool.
Griot’s “In My Garage” just posted a feature interview about me and the car. Its great stuff check it out!
In other news; I’ll be playing hooky from work and properly testing the car (and its new engine!) for the first time with the Historic Stock Car Racing Series on Tuesday Feb 22nd at Sears Point Infineon. I’ll have an HD incar camera and maybe one hanging off the fender too. Stay tuned for that. shaun
Its been a long time since I posted I know sorry 🙂 — The car is still down unfortunately; its long story but the motor has to be (completely) replaced. Working on getting funds together for that.
In other news for those of you who missed it below is the interview of me during this years 2010 Monterey Motorsports Reunion — check it out, also a new photo of the car running on Sunday at Monterey I found on the web. Thanks guys and stay tuned, as soon as the car is up and running again… in-car video I promise.
Quick update — The car is in the shop getting engine work done to it. It looks like the issue was a bit more serious then we thought. Hoping to have it fixed soon so I can do a proper test of the car before the rainy season starts.
Come on guys lets restore some more of these old girls for next years Monterey Motorsports Reunion! If you won’t I will 🙂
Still recovering… The car is back in the shop getting a new cam and other minor bugs worked out (oil leaks etc.) — I’m hoping to test her thoroughly before the end of summer; either at Buttonwillow or Thunderhill raceway. I will let you know (and I will have some real in-car video to share, darn go-pro failure err)
Here is a neat photo I found online of me driving the car at Monterey. If you have any photos or video of the car at the event please let me know! shaun@KellyAmericanChallenge.com