1080's picture of the two Emrich cars, is listed as the 1964 nat'l open race. If I remember correctly, I remember going to that race with my dad and was surprised to find out that the Emrich cars would not be there that day and Toby wasn't going to race. There was some sort of bankruptcy or sheriff lein and the cars were paddlock in the garage. I was ten at the time, so my recollections could be wrong. Could someone verify this.
Toby also built a light blue sidewinder #1 in the mid 60's which he drove some Sat. nights at Selinsgrove and Port. Don't believe he raced that car very much and later he sold it to a guy - I think named Joe Surnick, not sure of this name, but he raced it at Selinsgrove for awhile.
The dark blue #1 was the Indy roadster that Mario drove. My dad would take me to Toby's northside speed shop and we were there one night soon after Toby got the car. It was stripped down to the frame. I took some pictures because later when it was finished and Toby began racing it at Hershey, I built a model of the car and presented it to Toby at his shop. He told me to keep it because of all the work I put in. I wish I would have saved some of those early pictures and models I had built.
At the time I didn't know, but a year later Toby would move his speed shop just a few blocks from my house on the southside of Lebanon, and I became a regular at the shop, helping on his #17 modified and Lee Osborne sprinter and later went to work fulltime for Toby. He taught me more about fabricating, racing, and business than any other person I have know. I was always be grateful for the years I worked for him and raced against him. It's hard to believe it will be almost 35 years since his passing.
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