August 21 Tuesday

Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 01:08
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Really brisk weather today.  Pastor John, Dudley, Janis and I drove to Indianapolis..

Started off with a visit to Walter's Race Car Restorations fabricating shop.  We all went to lunch at a really neat place in the town of Speedway Indiana; while he entertained us with the inside stories of Indy car racing. The decor was racing helmets, parts of car bodies attached to the ceiling and all types of memoribilia and photos of drivers and was really interesting checking it all out while waiting for our great fish sandwich.

Stopped in the Hostess Bakery shop and got Dudley some Ding Dongs.  

We returned to Walter's shop and what an interesting place.  We were given the grand tour and took lots of pictures of cars he is working on and restoring and all the stories behind the cars.  Cars previously driven by big name drivers and teams.  Check out the pics below.

After leaving Walter's shop we headed back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway main gate, where we were meeting the 1959 A.J. Watson replica created by Dave Johnson, Bill Wendt and Jerry Carbone (all members of our DAARA organization).  They went to attempt an Indy car roadster record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. They ran the first pass at 181 mph(which would have been enough for the record) but failed to make the needed second pass because of engine problems.  It was a great reunion with the crew from Florida.  Jimmy (Jeep) Knapp & Glenda Lacer drove up from Evansville, IN to be with them and take lots of pictures.  

Legend Indy car builder, A.J. Watson 89yrs old who was involved in the entire construction of the car was there for the photo shoot and to sign autographs.  Pastor John renewed his friendship with A.J. from seasons gone by at the speedway and the USAC dirt series. Pastor John enjoyed meeting the team and particularly talking to former drag car legend Bill Wendt.  (Enjoy the pictures)


Walter's Shop

John, Dudley & Walter with the former                            Former Jimmy Clark Indy 500 Winning Chapman car.                       Bobby Unser famous "Johnny Lightening Car"


Pastor John & Dudley looking at the Ford double over head

cam Indy car motor.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway...

The Bonneville Indy Car Crew                                           A.J. Watson with Pastor John

Nancy & Dudley with the Bonneville Car           Bill Wendt talking to Jimmy(Jeep)Knapp

Lots of interest in the car                                  Loading it back up to head to engine doctor




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