from the Hall of Fame front page featuring the Hirohata Mercury
was spectacular and featured a full belly pan that was formed by Valley
custom's Neil Emory and Clay Jenson. Also involved was Dean Bachelor,
who later would become a famous author, editor of Road and Track magazine,
and also a top judge at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance.
Next came the famous nose and hood that set the standard for roadsters
for years to come. It was copied after an indy roadster. The nose was
formed out of aluminum.
body itself was formed from three different Model a bodies, picking the
best parts from each. The body was then channeled over the frame. Dick
Flint then added 46 Ford hydraulic brakes and a dropped and filled front
axle made by the famous SoCal speed shop.
dash was taken from a 1932 Auburn, Stewart Warner instruments installed
with some additional gauges used for racing. The car carried a SCTA timing
tag saying the car ran a top speed of 143.54 mph.
engine was a 1940 Mercury Flathead, displacing 286 inches, and featured
a wealthy old camera. Racing Pistons and adjustable tappets, followed
by a complete engine balancing.
the car was finished off with many coats of Federal truck red.
Dick Flint sold the car in 1961. It was bought by Duane Kofoed, then a
member of the LA Roadsters Car Club.
later, the car was purchased by Don Orosco, who immediately began a totally
correct reconstruction using materials that were only available in the
years the car was originally built. Though restoration was so well done,
that in 2001 the roadster took first place at Pebble Beach. It also received
the Dean Bachelor Memorial trophy, which was only fitting as Dean Bachelor
was involved in the building of the original roadster
Truly a legend in the world of hotrodding.
the story of Americas Hot Rods, Customs and Sprcialty cars from the
early days of hotrodding.