Although we mainly preserve and restore vintage All American Racers Eagle race cars, we also have a massive library of ephemera at KMPR for research purposes ranging from press kits to magazines to books and programs dating back to the early 1920's.
These amazing programs were recently donated by Mark Mason of Oregon who read about us back in December's issue of Road & Track. He knew we would take care of them and find them useful.
It is not always a guarantee that we will find anything about cars we restore in them, but the personalities of the time are always featured, and even the most obscure information about them always adds to the legacies attached to the cars.
Although we mainly stick to four-wheeled vehicles made in Santa Ana, California as our main focus at KMPR, occasionally something catches our eye that we cannot escape. When that something is a piece of our own past, it becomes impossible to ignore.
Such was the case when a friend of KMPR, Jerry Schmitt, contacted us several years ago mentioning he owned a Manta Twin Trac racing snowmobile that he believed was once owned-and-raced by our own Rick Dresang.
The sled, Manta chassis #2055 was indeed raced by Rick and his uncle, Bob Fellner, from 1980 until 1982 before Bob sold it later that year. It had since migrated to Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan before settling a mere 25 minutes away from KMPR.
After a various email exchanges and phone calls to determine the provenance and originality, we told Jerry that if the time ever came, we'd love to have it back 'in the family.'
That time came yesterday, and it was an absolute delight to see the sled kept up in such great shape, still retaining some of the modifications Rick and his uncle made during their time racing it.
Over the coming months, KMPR looks to recapture the look of the sled that it sported in 1981, though we highly doubt we'll ever see the Polaris 250cc RXL 'Super Mod' engine it had installed during that time frame.
All of us at KMPR would like to thank Jerry for this wonderful opportunity, and we look to soon recount the full story of the sled, going back to late 1975/early 1976 when it rolled off the assembly line in Rochester, Michigan.
Happy Birthday to the man they call 'The Captain,' as seen here unloading All American Racers Eagle #7225 at Indianapolis in early May 1973.
Bill Dolph III kindly let us post two photos taken by his father, Bill Dolph Jr., at the Formula 5000 event held at Kent, Washington in 1973.
Each photo stars Mark Donohue in different moods, and a transporter we're preparing to repaint in AMC colors...
It has taken some doing, but the rear driveshafts arrived today for 1969 All American Racers Eagle Mk.5 #513. One step closer to getting the power down.
It was with great sadness yesterday that we received the news about the passing of Daniel Sexton Gurney.
In our encounters with his co-workers, friends, family, fellow racers and even the man himself, we never heard a bad word about him or from him. It was no wonder- you'd never think such a giant of a man could ever be so kind, so humble, and yet so driven - he truly represented what it meant to seek out and expand upon the American dream.
His All American Racers Eagle race cars are the focus of our shop, and thus, his passing touches everyone and everything within KMPR.
Our thoughts go out to the Gurney family, everyone at All American Racers and his countless fans and friends around the world.
We don't get mail very often at KMPR, but when we do, its always a surprise and a delight. Thanks to Dan, Evi, Justin and everyone at AAR for their kindness and generosity.
Our friends over at Villa Interlagos offer not only a six-bedroom rental house on beautiful Crystal Lake, but the sounds of the not-so-distant Road America! Give them a call this weekend before all the summer dates fill up!
A proper Throwback Thursday: Chuck Raggio and our 1977 All American Racers Eagle DGF #005 during a start at Laguna Seca in the mid 1990's.