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Bob Holada
Ludovic Tiengou
Jonatan Acerclinth
Juha Bos
Richard Coxon
Ben Paulet
Jacob Fredriksson
Dana Schurer
François Remmen
Jukka Närhi
Michael Drechsler
Martin Lacina
Alberto Ibañez
Pascal Mikula
Jason White
Jason Fitch
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Alberto Ibañez
Racing Legend
Alberto Ibañez


Number of posts : 16788
Age : 121
Location : International Simracing Organisation
Registration date : 2010-09-17

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Now I'm eager to track down that photo

Now Jason will want to model it Laughing 

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Jason White
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Jason White


Number of posts : 14725
Age : 47
Location : Ferndale, MI USA
Registration date : 2011-12-25

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Unfortunately, Al put the car into the fence in practice -- which is well documented in the vintage films that are out there.

http://www.raresportsfilms.com/1973indilong.html
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Dana Schurer
Experienced Driver
Dana Schurer


Number of posts : 357
Age : 36
Location : Portland, OR, USA
Registration date : 2015-04-19

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Alberto Ibañez wrote:
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Now I'm eager to track down that photo

Now Jason will want to model it Laughing 

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Hard luck Loquasto cropped out of his own car photo! Laughing
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Jason White
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Jason White


Number of posts : 14725
Age : 47
Location : Ferndale, MI USA
Registration date : 2011-12-25

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I believe that's Gary B with the sunglasses Cool
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Alberto Ibañez
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Alberto Ibañez


Number of posts : 16788
Age : 121
Location : International Simracing Organisation
Registration date : 2010-09-17

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Yes he is, the picture title said "Gary B and Mark Donohue helping Al Loquasto" :top:
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Jason White
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Jason White


Number of posts : 14725
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Location : Ferndale, MI USA
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Drivers in their cockpits at Indy

http://whatmydadsaw.blogspot.com/

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Mark Donohue

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Johnny Rutherford

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Peter Revson

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Mike Hiss

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David Hobbs

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Bob Harkey

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Bobby Allison

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Joe Leonard  Cool

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Swede Savage

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Bobby Unser


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Jacob Fredriksson
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Jacob Fredriksson


Number of posts : 1047
Age : 34
Location : Sweden
Registration date : 2014-01-15

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Dana Schurer wrote:

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Gary B's rocking some proper racing shoes there!
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Jason White
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Jason White


Number of posts : 14725
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Gary B looking bad ass in Gasoline Alley Cool
I believe that is Mel Kenyon in the yellow jacket.

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Ben Paulet
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Ben Paulet


Number of posts : 8291
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Location : Cagnes sur mer France
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Great history post Jason. :top:
We'll sleep less stupid tonight. :frank:
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Richard Coxon
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Richard Coxon


Number of posts : 16590
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Location : Sheffield, England
Registration date : 2012-06-29

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I like that on the Bob Harkey picture, they didn't put his name on the car, it still has Mel Kenyon from the Texas race. 

Unless he practiced in Mel's Eagle at some point :hum:
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Jason White
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Jason White


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Richard Coxon wrote:
I like that on the Bob Harkey picture, they didn't put his name on the car, it still has Mel Kenyon from the Texas race. 

Unless he practiced in Mel's Eagle at some point :hum:

It is indeed the Kenyon Coyote from the Texas 200; you can tell by the big triangular headrest  Wink
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Jason White
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Jason White


Number of posts : 14725
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Race Day 1973  (autolit photos)

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Jacob Fredriksson
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Jacob Fredriksson


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Gordon Kirby with an article on 70's Indycar racing just today: http://gordonkirby.com/categories/columns/theway/2016/the_way_it_is_no532.html
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Jason White
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Jason White


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Shocked Very Happy



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Alberto Ibañez
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Alberto Ibañez


Number of posts : 16788
Age : 121
Location : International Simracing Organisation
Registration date : 2010-09-17

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You gotta love these cars, the gas pedal is like the fast forward button on your DVD :D

That on the video is Philippe de Lespinay's car, restored and on display at the Riverside museum. I contacted him for tecnical info when doing the mod Smile

Here is his blog regarding the restoration of the car, and the invitation to Bobby Unser for the inaugural run after being completed:

http://www.tsrfcars.com/toys-full_size_eagle_2012.htm
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Jacob Fredriksson
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Jacob Fredriksson


Number of posts : 1047
Age : 34
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Actual speeds from the 1973 Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Fun to compare your own times with. I was pretty close to A.J's speed!

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Jukka Närhi
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Jukka Närhi


Number of posts : 1905
Age : 37
Location : Finland
Registration date : 2009-12-17

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Vuky, eat your heart out :D
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Juha Bos
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Juha Bos


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There's no risk of me repeating my cars 9th fastest time. :D
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Jason White
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Jason White


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Location : Ferndale, MI USA
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The actual front row for the 1973 Indy 500, as seen on a post card.
Johnny Rutherford on pole, Bobby Unser in the middle, and Mark Donohue on the outside.

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Alberto Ibañez
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Alberto Ibañez


Number of posts : 16788
Age : 121
Location : International Simracing Organisation
Registration date : 2010-09-17

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Juha Bos wrote:
There's no risk of me repeating my cars 9th fastest time. :D

The laptimes show that sometimes it was more the driver than the car who reached the limit or that teams did eventually an all-out effort. It is likely that Martin did some exceptional driving with big balls to be in the show, and the team was willing to risk blowing the engine and screwed the pressure up enough. In turn, other drivers with good cars failed miserably and produced horrible laptimes, or didn't even qualify (Yes Sam that is you).
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Richard Coxon
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Richard Coxon


Number of posts : 16590
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Martin's McLaren was actually Johncocks McLaren from 1972, so it was a decent car and ran by a crack team to begin with.
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Alberto Ibañez
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Alberto Ibañez


Number of posts : 16788
Age : 121
Location : International Simracing Organisation
Registration date : 2010-09-17

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Next update I will give it a better engine, then :hum: 

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Juha Bos
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Juha Bos


Number of posts : 1687
Age : 37
Location : Belgium
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It's only mine for this race, I won't lose sleep over it.
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Jason Fitch
Pro Driver
Jason Fitch


Number of posts : 664
Age : 44
Location : Frankfort, IN
Registration date : 2015-04-18

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I believe Philippe de Lespinay's Eagle 72 is not an "Original" car. It was built in the Early 2000's by AAR specifically for him.
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Alberto Ibañez
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Alberto Ibañez


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Jason Fitch wrote:

I believe Philippe de Lespinay's Eagle 72 is not an "Original" car. It was built in the Early 2000's by AAR specifically for him.

Yes AFAIK that one and the "Mistery Eagle" replica were built out of spare parts from AAR, but for the chassis core I'm not sure if the latter was actually a recovered one.
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