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and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by Scott Harro » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:26 pm

found this on 1080's site. what the heck is it?

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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by supertc88 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:34 pm

NICE picture! :thumbright:
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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by harddrive » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:10 pm

:thinking: ... Roger Sowers
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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by JTR13 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:22 pm

Looks like someone mounted the seat backwards just to mess with him, LOL...
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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by Scott Harro » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:44 pm

JTR13 wrote:Looks like someone mounted the seat backwards just to mess with him, LOL...
the cab part of the body is definetely facing the way he is. the rock screen in front and the curved rear of the cab look correct and the door hinges are towards the front. plus the tires are definetly wider in the rear as it sits. looks like the motor leans towards the rear which would make it hard for the drive shaft to connect to what i think is the front of the car. can't tell for sure from the suspension or which end would allow for steering. if it's a joke someone sure put a lot of work into it. anyone know for sure what this is?
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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by supertc88 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:07 pm

Scott Harro wrote:
JTR13 wrote:Looks like someone mounted the seat backwards just to mess with him, LOL...
the cab part of the body is definetely facing the way he is. the rock screen in front and the curved rear of the cab look correct and the door hinges are towards the front. plus the tires are definetly wider in the rear as it sits. looks like the motor leans towards the rear which would make it hard for the drive shaft to connect to what i think is the front of the car. can't tell for sure from the suspension or which end would allow for steering. if it's a joke someone sure put a lot of work into it. anyone know for sure what this is?
The narrow tires are on the front, and the wide tires are on the back like they should be! :thumbright:
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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by Scott Harro » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:19 pm

i agree. maybe i didn't splain my thoughts clearly. i definetely think it was designed the way it sits based on the rock screen, the layout of the "cab", and the tires. maybe not as an actual race car but maybe as a novelty? could this have been one of the first rear engine racers ever?
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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by Wax » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:46 pm

i've seen this pic,but don't know where,or/and remember the description about it. :thinking: it's in my library of programs,books etc.

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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by GOSHOW » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:03 pm

Luke McCoy owned car driven by Roger Sowers. I saw this car race the few times it raced and it wasn't pretty to the eyes or on the track performance. Rear engine craze.... This was right around the time the rear engine cars started to sweep Indy, so hey why not on a dirt track....lol
They didn't run this car much but it was and still is very interesting. This was before Kenny Weld got here but he would have loved these guys...lol :yessss:

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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by 1080 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:43 pm

I never saw the car race...but remember the story was it was a failure. Roger had no clue where the rear end was in the turns as you could imagine. Try throwing this thing into a corner...LOL. The later versions of rear powered cars in the mid 70's the driver sat more to the middle. This thing is almost a snub nose....

I only remember pictures on the wall of the McCoy Shop of this car....that would have been 1963 probably, so this should have been a 1962 experiment. Lute had the loot and he spent it trying to beat Mackison. All his cars were pretty good stuff from day one....just not enough of something to win big time.

I still can't believe I never saw this car....of course I was at Lincoln only 1 time in the 60's...probably 1964. I remember the 83 cars more at Selinsgrove in 1963 and Port some in 1962. the McCoy team was sold after 1963....what a loss back in the day. In about 12 months...1963, Mackison, Hersh, Sowers, and the McCoy Team were all gone....mainstays of the bug era.
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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by H4TPs » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:57 pm

Here is a picture of a Rear Engine Sprint Car - Port Royal 08/26/1972 which was a 'newer' version of the rear/mid engine sprint car.

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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by supertc88 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:52 pm

NICE picture! :thumbright:
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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by JTR13 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:17 am

My hole "seat backwards" comment was only a joke... I noticed the rock screen and tires too, I thought it was funny that if you look at the car without actually focusing your eyes, or in my case just take my glasses off lol, it looks like he is sitting in the car backwards...
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Re: and i thought the pocket rocket was ugly

Post by harddrive » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:49 pm

1080 wrote:I never saw the car race ...

:thinking: ... but I did :poking:
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