|Vehicle Type||Sprint Car|
|Year Built||1971 (?)|
|Built By||Ralph Heintzelman|
|Suspension||4 Bar Cross Torsion|
|Engine||Chevy V-8, Fuel Injected, Alcohol Fuel, 307 cubic inches|
This was before the days of the organized World of Outlaws and Opperman, a true outlaw racer, would race wherever the most money was being paid. In 1972, the team called Pennsylvania home but the charismatic Jan was originally from California, and was know as the "Hippie."
Some of the highlights of the magical year were his victories over the USAC, United States Auto Club, starts at Eldora, (Rossburg, Ohio), and Williams Grove, (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania). Jan won every race he finished at the tough Sellinsgrove trace. He also won 5 races in a 3 day period at 5 different tracks. They also won a 100 lap race in Ohio with no power steering, which he never ran, plus Jan had a badly broken nose caused by a rock hitting him during the race.
The car was restored to its original condition in 1988 by Ralph and Cindy Prueitt. Old "Bleepbox" as it was called by Jan and the team, was considered an eyesore by many of the Sprint Car purists of the day but it soon made believers out of them as it became the most successful race car of its time.