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Armament & Ordnance            Missiles On Display at Estrella Warbirds Museum


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1963 Sprint Car

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Sprint Car
Kenny Van Blargen
1963 Sprint Car

Vehicle Type:

Sprint Car

Year Built:

1963

Built By:

Don Edmunds

Suspension:

Cross Spring Front and Cross Torsion Bar Rear

Engine:

Ford Flathead V-8, Bored and Stroked to increase displacement from 239 cubic inch to 296 cubic inch, Fuel Injected, Alcohol

History:

This is one of the earlier Don Edmunds creations which was built to house a Chevy V-8.  It was raced with a Chevy in CRA, NARC, and after being purchased by Kenny Van Blargen, it was raced locally at the Santa Maria Speedway.  Kenny converted the car to  the Flathead Ford in order to race it with the WRA, Western Racing Association, which is a vintage racing organization and did not allow overhead valve engines at the time.  This rule has since changed but Kenny stuck with the little Fathead as more of a novelty, or throwback to a previous era.  Even so, this car and driver were extremely successful and would beat the Chevy powered Sprint Cars on a regular basis.

Kenny was injured in this car during an exhibition race in Havasu City in March, 2011. Those injuries ended an extremely successful racing career that spanned into 8 different decades. (Yes, from the late 1940's through 2011.)

Owner:

Van Blargen Family

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