We're pleased to announce that our 1977 All American Racers Eagle DGF Formula Ford will be taking part in the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Monterey Pre-Reunion weekends this coming August. It will be the Eagle's first trip back to the West Coast since we purchased the car in April, 2009. The stellar duo of events will showcase what the Eagle DGF is capable of on a track it used to run quite often with owners Chuck Raggio, Bob Watt and Bill Kincaid.
We'll announce what other events we will be running in 2019 as soon as they get a bit closer, and as always, visit kmvintage.net for more about our Eagle DGF!
[Bill Nesius Photography]
Tom Pistone was kind enough to share with us the following two photos of our 1972 International Fleetstar 2110A, back when Billy Harvey owned it and used it to bring his Oldsmobiles to the 1979 Daytona 500. Pistone's grandfather, 'Tiger Tom' helped sponsor the team and later purchased the transporter. We purchased it from 'Tiger' in 2005.
On Thursday, February 15, 1979, Bruce Jacobi drove Billie Harvey’s #87 Steak N Shake / Fast Lane Ltd. Oldsmobile up from 29th starting position to finish 14th in qualifying race #1 for the 1979 Daytona 500.Despite the open wheel veteran’s fine showing, he was replaced on race day by Gary Balough, who was scheduled to be Harvey’s regular driver in the #87 ride. Balough started 27th , but his day ended on lap 53 when the Ft. Lauderdale native was involved in an accident with Joe Millikan, David Pearson and Skip Manning.
The #87 was raced again that summer by Balough at Daytona and Pocono, and also run by the late Dick May at Talladega.
So why are we posting this? The Olds was carried in a certain Florida Blue 1972 International Fleetstar 2110A transporter.
Here is 'The White Hilton' backed up into the Penske Racing shops in Reading, PA on the cover of the May 1974 Stock Car Racing magazine.
rYou never know when photos and stories are going to pop up about vintage machines.
Todd Holbert informed us that longtime Holbert Racing paint and body master Michael Wessner posted some photos of 'The White Hilton' a few days ago on Instagram. After exchanging messages, Michael was more than willing to share the story and images with us:
'Around the Fall of 1974 Al Holbert calls Forest Grove Auto Body where I worked. He asked would we be willing to do a hush-hush paint job on a race car for Penske Racing? Sure! When do you need it? Three days! Wish I knew more details.'
We were truly saddened to hear that Mike Hiss passed away shortly before Christmas.
Mike raced Eagle #7209 (we believe) off-and-on in 1973 for Gerhardt Racing, and Eagle #7225 served as his backup and show car in 1974 for Penske Racing.
Over the past few years, Mike was always very helpful and wonderful to chat with when we called him regarding his time in the sport and the various cars he drove.
Mike was the 1972 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year aboard a 1970 Eagle for Page Racing, and later qualified for a further three 500's. He allso dutifully filled in for Mario Andretti in 1978 to qualify Penske's PC6 when Mario was busy in Europe.
Our condolences go out to his family and many friends.
Penske Racing assigned Eagle #7225 as Mike Hiss' backup car at Indy in 1974, though he drove a McLaren there and elsewhere that year for Penske. This rare print was signed by Hiss, AJ, Mark Donohue, Jerry Grant and Jimmy Caruthers in-period. #rip
Our own Paul Jay has had an interesting life to say the least. An Air Force One-certified loadmaster, he has lived all over the globe, raced Minis on New Zealand airfields, loaded mine-planting dolphins onto cargo carriers, and even managed to find Frank Lockhart's final resting place; a task few have been successful at.
But Paul also has a love for vintage quarter and half midgets. A few years ago, we found this 1957 Race Craft at a snowmobile swap meet in New Lothrop, Michigan. It was rough. Like driven off a roof and scattered, but it still showed some of its lines.
It wasn't a simple restoration by any means, he has said he could have rebuilt our Eagle DGF 10 times over for the amount of time and effort it took to get the Race Craft looking like new again. The simpler it seemed, the harder it was to get spot-on. And if you know Paul, he likes thing spot-on.
But he did it.
Saturday morning, shortly before we had a private celebration, the last upholstery buttons were riveted in-place and he exclaimed that it was done.
The livery was something he came up with, and the would-be sponsor of 'Deising Pontiac - Milwaukee' is in tribute to where his father worked for 12 years, before the dealership moved from the Milwaukee Market.
Well done Paul.