Some of our all time favorite cars were the:
The Ken Brenn Sr. Owned Coupes


Ken Brenn Sr. teamed up with Stan Ploski near the end of the 1971 season.

For those of us who went to Flemington and East Windsor in the first half of the 70's, the Ken Brenn Sr. owned yellow #24 coupes will always have a special place in our memories.

Note:  All of the above information on this page is based off of photos (some dated/some not), and  on conversations with those who provided their knowledge/experiences/memories with us.  We always welcome additional first hand information, and are always willing to update the above information should new information be presented.


We've put together the following page that includes pictures of the Ken Brenn Sr. owned coupes (1971 - 1975.)  
 

 
The Original "Olsen Built" Ken Brenn Sr. owned #24 Coupe:

From what we understand, the first car was built by Budd Olsen, and was purchased directly from Budd Olsen by Ken Brenn Sr. near the end of the 1971 season.

We were told that the car was purchased complete (with engine), although the expectations for the engine were not very high.  The car became a winner right with both Will Cagle and Stan Ploski winning features in the car time each drove the car.  Stan would become the full time modified driver of the #24, and would finish out the 1971 season behind the wheel of the the Brenn Sr. Olsen built coupe, winning multiple feature events

We have a few photos of the Olsen built car being driven by Stan Ploski very early in the 1972 season at Reading.  We believe that shortly after this, the Olsen car was converted to a sportsman racer for young driver Ken Brenn Jr. to begin his rookie season (April 1972), competing mainly at both Flemington and East Windsor Speedways.  The car was yellow, with red lettering, and sported the number "24 II". 


Ken Brenn Jr. would go on to win the 1972 Rookie Championship at Flemington.  We are not sure if the Olsen car was the only car that Ken Brenn Jr. drove during his rookie season (1972.)


Possibly the first time out for the Ken Brenn Sr owned #24 modified coupe (Flemington). (Fred Voorhees photo - Fred Voorhees provided.)
 
This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below in 1971.

Budd Olsen - 1971

Stan Ploski - 1971

Stan Ploski - 1971

Stan Ploski - 1971

Stan Ploski - 1971
     
Here is the same Olsen car in 1972, driven first by Stan Ploski as a modified at Reading, and then by Ken Brenn Jr in his rookie sportsman season.

Stan Ploski - 1972

Ken Brenn Jr.  - 1972

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more on the way...
We are told that at the end of the 1972 season, the Olsen coupe was sold to Billy Mitchell who painted it orange, and renumbered it as the #42 and drove it to the Rookie championship at Flemington in 1973.

Billy Mitchell  - 1973

Billy Mitchell  - 1973
   
We think that the coupe body might have been replaced with a Gremlin and run in 1974 & '75 (still with the Olsen chassis) at Flemington.

Billy Mitchell  - 1974

Billy Mitchell  - 1974
   
At the end of the 1975 season, the original body off the Olsen coupe was put on a totally different chassis (not an Olsen or Trevis built chassis, and also not Brenn owned) and run at Syracuse:

Billy Mitchell  - 1974 or 1975?
     
We are not sure what happened to the original "Olsen" frame, or what happened to the original coupe body.
Where is it now? 

Unknown....

Most likely was scraped, but we're not sure.
 

During the winter of '71 - '72, we are told that Ken Brenn Sr. contacted long time Indianapolis car builder and sprint car builder Floyd Trevis to build 2 modifieds (possibly one complete car and two kits.)  The Trevis built cars would be campaigned by Stan Ploski in the modified division throughout the 1972 season, and at the beginning of the 1973 season. 
For the sake of organization, let's call this one the "1st Trevis Coupe"

The 1st Trevis Built Coupe (Debut Reading - April 1972)
We're told that there were at least 2 Floyd Trevis built coupes, and possibly even a third, although we have not been able to verify that through photos/first hand accounts yet.  The first Trevis coupe made it's debut at Reading in March of 1972, with Stan Ploski behind the wheel.  Stan would drive the car throughout the entire 1972 season, taking many feature event wins in the Brenn owned Trevis built #24.

Through photos, we believe that the 1st Trevis coupe became Ken Brenn Jr.s sportsman racer for the 1973 season in which he would win multiple sportsman features.

Once the 1973 season was over, through pictures it appears that the car was sold to Jimmy Maguire, and renumbered as the #37, and campaigned in the 1974 sportsman division at Flemington.

I was told that Jimmy sold the car at the end of the 1974 season, and have just recently received a George Koyt photo from Larry Jendras Jr. taken in 1975 of Doug Cranstoun #88, at East Windsor in what looks like the former Brenn #24/Maguire #37.


Possibly the first time out for the Ken Brenn Sr owned #24 1st Trevis built modified coupe (Reading 1972). (Bill Katinowsky photo - Bill Katinowsky provided.)
This car, and possibly other "versions" of this car are pictured below from 1972.

Stan Ploski  - 1972

Stan Ploski  - 1972

Stan Ploski  - 1972

Stan Ploski  - 1972

Stan Ploski  - 1972

Stan Ploski  - 1972

Stan Ploski  - 1972

Stan Ploski  - 1972

Stan Ploski  - 1972
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We think that the 1st Trevis coupe above became Ken Brenn Jr's Sportsman car for 1973.

Ken Brenn Jr. - 1973

Ken Brenn Jr. - 1973

Ken Brenn Jr. - 1973

Ken Brenn Jr. - 1973
       
We think the 1st Trevis coupe then become the #37 driven by Jimmy Maguire in the sportsman division at Flemington in 1974.  (We are also told that the car that Jimmy ran was the Olsen car with a different body mounted on the Olsen chassis, so we are open to that as well.)

Jimmy Maguire - 1974

Jimmy Maguire - 1974

Jimmy Maguire - 1974

Jimmy Maguire - 1974
We now think that the 1st Trevis Coupe was then sold by Jimmy Maguire to Doug Cranstoun, who then drove the car in the Modified division in 1975 at East Windsor.

Doug Cranstoun - 1975
     
We are working on the idea that the car you see above, the 1st Trevis coupe, eventually got disassembled, with the original coupe body being narrowed and mounted on top of a profile frame.  The original frame was given away.

Bruno Cranstoun - 1979

Bruno Cranstoun - 1979?
   

Where is it now? 

Unknown....

Most likely was scraped, but we're not sure.
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The 2nd Trevis Built Coupe (Debut Reading - April 1973)
From pictures, we have identified the car below as possibly the 2nd Trevis car.  This body and lettering combination made it's debut at Reading in March/April of 1973, with Stan Ploski behind the wheel.

At some point later in the '73 season, we think the same car was re-lettered with a the larger #'s (not at a angle) and a red stripe added on the side above the #'s/below the side window openings.

There are pictures of Stan in victory lane with the coupe with the larger #'s, however at some point during the '73 season, Stan also began driving the Gremlin bodied racer that I'm told was designed by Ken Brenn Sr, and fabricated/welded by Bob Rossell.


In September of 1973, the power team of owner Ken Brenn Sr. and driver Stan Ploski would head in different directions, with the last feature event win for the Ploski/Brenn occurring on 9/15/73* at Flemington.
(*Information found at at the Auto Racing Research Associates website:  https://sites.google.com/site/arradocumentingracinghistory/home

Ken Brenn Jr. would finish up the 1973 season making a few modified starts behind the wheel of the Trevis 2 coupe.

 

Possibly the first time out for the 2nd Ken Brenn Sr owned #24 Trevis built modified coupe (Reading 1973). (Bill Katinowsky photo - Bill Katinowsky provided.)
This car, and possibly other "versions" of this car are pictured below from 1972.

Stan Ploski - 1973

Stan Ploski - 1973

Stan Ploski - 1973

Stan Ploski - 1973

Stan Ploski - 1973

Stan Ploski - 1973

Stan Ploski - 1973
 

We believe that Ken Brenn Jr drove the 2nd Trevis coupe a few times to close out the 1973 season. 

In 1974, Ken Brenn Sr. fielded the Trevis 2 coupe, and the yellow #24 Rossell built Gremlin for son Ken Brenn Jr. to begin his rookie modified season.  Ken would drive both cars at various times during the year.  Here are a few pictures that we believe are of Ken Brenn Jr. in the 2nd Trevis coupe - 1974.
 

Ken Brenn Jr. - 1974

Ken Brenn Jr. - 1974

Ken Brenn Jr. - 1974
 
 
By 1975, the remaining yellow #24 coupe (2nd Trevis car) was on hand as a back up car to the Rossell built Gremlin racer.  We do not have any pictures of the car actually on the track.
 

Ken Brenn Jr. - 1975 or 1976
     

In 1976, the Brenn team would begin the season with 2 modified cars built by Grant King, with possibly the Trevis 2 car still owned by Ken Brenn Sr., but again, we don't think it ever was on the track in 1976.

 
During the 1976 - 1977 off season, the Trevis #2 coupe was sold from Ken Brenn Sr. to Curve Miller.  The yellow body was painted white, and renumbered to #11, and driven by Lee McBride in the sportsman divsion.

Lee McBride - 1977

Lee McBride - 1977

Lee McBride - 1977
 
At some point, the original coupe body was replaced with a Pinto body.  The Pinto bodied car was driven by Carmen Scarpati and Al Michalchuk in the 1978 season at East Windsor Speedway.

Carmen Scarpati -1978

Al Michalchuk - 1978
   

Where is it now? 

 "Most of it" was scraped.

See info below from Vault Visitor Tom McDonough:

"I was 18 in 1977 and I was helping Tony K on this car. The car was owned by a friend of Lee McBride and Tony K named Curve Miller who bought the car from the Brenn's in the winter of 77. It was one of the Trevis cars. It was yellow when they bought it. It was first painted white with number 11 on it when it came out for the beginning of the 77 season.

We were having bad luck with the car which was no fault of Tony or Lee so about half way through the 77 season the car was repainted red to try and change our luck.  After the 77 season the original coupe body was scrapped and replaced with a red Pinto body for the 1978 season. (This is the car in the picture with Carmen Scarpati holding the checkered flag at East Windsor.)

At the end of the 1978 season , Curve Miller hooked up with Rick Holden. Rick took the car out at Windsor at the end of the 78 season to see what parts were still useable, and that would be used on a new racecar that would be built for the 1979 season on a new Tobias frame for sportsman division that Rick would then drive for the 79 season. (The car turned out to be a white Pinto body with blue lettering, and featured some of the parts off of the Trevis car.)

After the 78 season some parts of this car were scavenged and the rest of the Trevis car was scrapped."


 
We'd like to get the information as correct as possible, so if you have information that will help clarify or correct something on this page, please get in touch with us at the email below, and we'll be happy to make the corrections to the above information.
BrennCoupes@3WidesPictureVault.com
 

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