|Photo ID #||G08.14.10_095_WIL_VIN_0055S_1|
|Driver (s) :||Bill Wilson|
|Photo provided by:||Russ Dodge|
Senior Moment From Russ Dodge:
A Little "Puffy" But Still A Looker!
I am always amazed by the discussions on the 3 Wide Message Board about the
comparison of one frame and cage design verses another. " No that's a "So
and so", you see how the shock is mounted!" I hate to admit to it but they
look about the same to me! The old coupes and coach gang never discussed
that chassis stuff much until they started "going high tech" with '55 Chevy
frames or Scout frames or whatever.
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|08.15.10||R.E. Lemasters||This is a great picture and information. Russ has posted a lot of spot-on details about identifying the old coupes and sedans. Right up my alley. As to this Ford coupe, it is either a 1938 DeLuxe or a 1939 Standard. Both shared this hood style but without the hood side panels, the year of this one can't be nailed down.|
|08.15.10||Ed Duncan||Great picture Russ|
|08.17.10||George A. Sanford||Hi Russ.
I remember this style of race car very well, when I was a kid I helped the crew of a white 1937 Ford sportsman car fielded by Bowden Motors, (Roy Shorty Bowden) of Morris Plains. I think Johnny Cabral, Johnny Rogers , and I think Bobbie Cortright drove the car more than once. Roy's son in law Ray Merrill drove it if we couldn't find another driver.
We didn't have a welder so the doors were chained closed. I think the fenders were cut down. I can't remember the car number but it looked a lot like the beautiful picture above. We raced in Morristown, Flemington, Dover, Hinchcliffe Stadium, Langhorne and Nazareth during the early fifties. Our sportsman car was not very reliable so we never got very close to qualifying. A highlight of our racing program was the night the car jumped the fence in Morristown and ended up on the Lackawanna train tracks, it was able to free itself and returned to the pit entrance by driving up Hanover Ave and back in the main gate, fable has it that the driver had to pay to get in the pit gates to race again that night.
Roy also built a front wheel drive car, I think it was a willys and was told it actually won a race at hinchcliffe stadium. It never slid on the turns,our car passed every one on the turns then died on the straightaway's. I
wonder if you know anyone who knew of Shorty Bowden or Bowden motors of Morris Plains it was on Speedwell Ave directly across from the fire house.
George A. Sanford