We've been looking for a proper trailer for our Formula Ford effort for a while now. Far and wide, we've looked. Ramp trucks, open trailers, and even the thought of a certain Thames 800 in our shop...
But then our friend Carrol Jensen messaged me that I need to talk to Bobby Green, aka the man behind Old Crow Speed Shop and other vintage delights in the Los Angeles area.
Messages ensued, and he sent us photos of the 1973 AAR team trailer he purchased not long ago, coupled with the thought it should go to a team that runs Eagles.
The trailer in question was designed specifically for AAR's open wheel cars and served as a hauler for their efforts until at least 1979. It was last registered as a road worthy trailer by AAR in 1991 and was finally sold to a private user in 2001.
This trailer also took another Eagle DGF to the 1978 SCCA Runoffs. Be still, my heart, as they say.
Virtual hands were shaken with Bobby, and the trailer is now at safe our shop here in Wisconsin. It'll take some work to make it road worthy again, let alone safe to load - but it'll be an absolute gem in the paddock.
We're still researching the various liveries it carried, and if anyone out there has any more photographs of it in period, it'll help greatly in the restoration efforts.
We had a full lot at KMPR for the past few weeks.
It was a pleasure to host the Inception/Optimum Racing squadron as they prepped a McLaren 720S GT3 Evo for the Road America IMSA round, where they narrowly finished 2nd in GTD. They are a fantastic, hard-working lot. Even PJ was impressed!
Their transport driver, 'Stretch' Baker, is a friend we met at the AAR Eagle Reunion in 2022 and once upon a time was a transport driver and refueler for AAR. He's many things, though; mainly a dynamite individual that you could trust with your life, as many have. His stories could fill a book.
The Random Vandals BMW squad also had a stay at KMPR after their IMSA GS race - they will be racing in the Fanatec SRO event at RA this weekend. Look for Kenton Koch throttling the #92 Crowdstrike Racing BMW at the front. Kenton is a flipping gem of a driver, but you should already know that.
Another rig will be pulling in shortly, but it is going to be here to stay...
The bay in which we usually use for oil changes had something more unusual parked in it as of late.
Best of luck to Inception Racing and their #70 McLaren 720S GT3 Evo car this weekend at Road America in the IMSA GTD class. A fine group!