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  • Johnny Rutherford's 1964 Turner Chevy

    Art Garner mentions this car in Black Noon, it was brought to the speedway by Racing Associates/Herb Porter but Rutherford chose the roadster instead. It seems he raced it other times throughout the season, and I was only able to find a single pic of it from one of the Phoenix races. It looks pretty cool, anyone have any info on this car?

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    The car first showed up at the Trenton opener in 1962. The car had no paint, Don Davis the driver and he broke the track record qualifying. It would be painted red and have JH Rose Trucking sponsorship. With Don Davis passing away, the seat had several driversLloyd Ruby for most of the 62 season. 1963 started with Colby Scrogin as driver but he wadded it up at Langhorne (the car came to rest under the pace car in the pits). Johnny Rutherford took over the seat.
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved
    body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting
    "...holy $^!+...what a ride!"
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    • #3
      Originally posted by 1987Carzan View Post
      Art Garner mentions this car in Black Noon, it was brought to the speedway by Racing Associates/Herb Porter but Rutherford chose the roadster instead. It seems he raced it other times throughout the season, and I was only able to find a single pic of it from one of the Phoenix races. It looks pretty cool, anyone have any info on this car?
      https://www.colesracingphotos.com/Ke...ars-1950s-60s/

      On this page of Ken Coles you should be able to find a picture of the Racing Associates Turner Chevy. numbered 10 for 1964. It was a runner with JR behind the wheel that's for sure.
      "For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's future, and we are all mortal".

      John Kennedy at American University 1963

      "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power"

      A. Lincoln

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      • #4
        Thanks guys, that site has some great pics too.

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        • #5
          Here's the car as it appears today as part of the Skillman Collection in Greenwood, Indiana. This was the first Championship car that actually had some success using a push rod Chevy on the short tracks. Remember that at the time American stock block engines were allowed displacements of 335.6 CI (5.5L) at all tracks except Indianapolis. For the 500 the push rod engines were limited to 256.2 CI (4.2L) the same as the normally aspirated full race overhead camshaft engines like the Offy and the DOHC Ford.
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          Last edited by indyrjc; 06-26-2022, 10:56 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Niseguy View Post
            1963 started with Colby Scrogin as driver but he wadded it up at Langhorne (the car came to rest under the pace car in the pits). Johnny Rutherford took over the seat.
            Yes, during practice, Scroggin was unfortunate enough to have clipped a car that had spun in a turn. The contact broke the steering and he was a passenger as his car careened off the track and into the pace car.
            "Versions of a story that are more tidy, compact, and camera-ready should generally be viewed as historically suspect." - Jackson Landers

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JThur1 View Post
              Yes, during practice, Scroggin was unfortunate enough to have clipped a car that had spun in a turn. The contact broke the steering and he was a passenger as his car careened off the track and into the pace car.
              Here's the crash in question. It's happens right at the very beginning of the video.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmfEGDsnxAU

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              • #8
                Originally posted by indyrjc View Post

                Here's the crash in question. It's happens right at the very beginning of the video.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmfEGDsnxAU
                I really enjoyed watching the entire race. I miss the dirt on the Championship circuit.
                Have a very blessed day!

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