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1964 Huffaker MG Liquid Suspension Champ



For the 1964 Indianapolis 500 Kjell Qvale, who imported and distributed several British Marques, asked the head of his racing department, Joe Huffaker, to build 3 cars incorporating the hydrolastic suspension from the MG 1100 Sports Sedan. The cars raced at Indy as the MG Liquid Suspension Specials in 1964 and 1965. A. J. Foyt tested one at Phoenix, and set a new lap record before even putting on his helmet and fire suit.

In 1965 the cars were driven at Indy by Hansgen in #53, Veith #54, and Jerry Grant #48. Grant said it was one the best handling cars ''right out of the box'' he had driven. They finished 14th, 24th, and 27th, respectively. Bobby Unser gave the car its best finish, a second place at the 150 mile road race at Indianapolis Raceway Park in July.
 
Source Unser Racing Museum
Author Janet DeVesty
Date 2015-02-04
1973 Indy 500 Winner Johncock STP 73 Eagle



A crowd estimated at 250,000 swarmed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grandstands and infield on pole day, May 12, 1973 eagerly anticipating the possibility of witnessing the breaking of the elusive 200 mph barrier. New engine and tire technology had allowed practice speeds to reach an unofficial track record of 199.4 mph.

Gordon Johncock, driving this Eagle/Offy led the early pace, however Johnny Rutherford upped the speed and found himself on the pole, at 198.413, for race day.

Rain delayed the 57th running of the Indy 500, and further rain, lightening, hail and a tornado warning prevented the green flag from dropping for 3 days.

on Wednesday the sun came out, the track dried and some 35,000 fans returned. When the rain returned at lap 133 officials called the race, pronouncing Gordon Johncock the winner.
 
Source Unser Racing Museum
Author Janet DeVesty
Date 2015-02-04