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How many Heintzelman cars?

Post by rrc » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:30 pm

Does anyone know how many sprint cars Ralph Heintzelman built in his career? I thought someone on the board may know....thanks

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Re: How many Heintzelman cars?

Post by oldtimeracer » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:05 pm

I don't know how many but here is his son years ago.

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Post by supertc88 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:02 pm

NICE picture! :thumbright:
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Re: How many Heintzelman cars?

Post by Scott Harro » Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:51 am

i don't know the number either but here's one of his more famous wrenching jobs

the middle three guys L-R in the back row are **** Bogar (owner), Jan Opperman (driver) and Ralph Heintzelman (mechanic)

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Re: How many Heintzelman cars?

Post by oldies fan » Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:42 am

Paxton ran 2 Heintzelman cars when he ran for Maynard Boop in 1976 and 1978. The 76 car is being restored at this time.

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Post by supertc88 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:45 pm

NICE picture! :thumbright:
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Post by Scott Harro » Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:40 pm

i corrected my post. originally i thought the guy on the left in the back row had to be Jan's brother Jay but i was reminded he was killed at knoxville in 1970 and Jan didn't start running for bogar until 1973. it could be another brother but i have been unable to find any info on whether he had more than one sibling. it sure looks like it has to be a relative, same hairline/style, same facial features and if Jan were in street clothes i think that's what he'd wear.
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Post by GOSHOW » Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:06 pm

Rag tag looking bunch of guys, which was average for the day, but boy could the guys in that picture make a race car run...Wow! Then again Kenny Weld always said " I don't even think Jan needs a good race car to win".

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Post by trecraft » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:39 pm

Lee Smith drove one of Ralph's chassis I think. I heard there were eighteen of those chassis. The Sub brothers bought the car and sold it to me. I ended up selling it and a Trevis to a man around Newport who still has them both just like he picked them up that day.
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Re: How many Heintzelman cars?

Post by bschriver11 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:28 pm

I've read through the book "dialed in-the Jan Opperman story" and there is no mention of a brother other than Jay who was killed at Knoxville in 1970,and for those who don't know the story behind Jan's old hat that he wore so often it belonged to his brother Jay which is why it was so special to Jan.

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Post by Popboon » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:17 pm

Jay and Jan were the only children of "Grizz" and "Mops."

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Post by 62xracer » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:25 pm

The Frank Murray owned #60 USAC dirt champ car was a Heintzleman chassis, probably the only champ car he built. Drivers included: Paul Koch, Smokey Snellbaker, Dave Kelly, Ronnie Dunstan, and Ken Brenn, Jr. I did the lettering, and it seemed every race had a different driver, he would repaint the scoop and have me put another name on.

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Post by old racer » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:44 pm

I worked for this team in 1984(I think) I was told by the car owner it was a Heintzelman car.
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Post by supertc88 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:04 pm

NICE one! :thumbright:
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Re: How many Heintzelman cars?

Post by Brent Leach » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:16 pm

I'm stumped. Who was the driver of the 11?
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