Edsels don't die, they off-road race
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:05 PM
The Edsel I believe was built originally by Bill Stroppe in the late 60s when an Edsel was considered a piece of junk.
At one offroad race at Barstow, the 1980 Fireworks 250, The start of the race followed the wedding of one Louise Van Trese (sp?) and Butch Gilliland. They were both veteran offroad racers and the Edsel was under the ownership of Louise who had been racing with her dad. They wore driver's suits for the wedding with white lace on her suit and his looked like a black Tux. The service was held at the Start/Finish line with the help of the race promoter. At the conclusion of the wedding, they donned helmets and got into the Edsel to start the race. When I lapped them later in the race in my unlimited class buggy seen in the avatar, they honked their horn and gave big waves. I think they were enjoying themselves.
The class the Edsel was raced in was for production autos from VW Bugs to the Edsel, to a Chevy Nova, Camaro, Pinto, AMC Pacer, Datsun 510, a couple of very successful Saabs and even a 55 Chevy (later rebodied as a 57) and a Falcon Ranchero. After a while, the VW Bugs were banned because nothing could compete with them. The Edsel won some races after that. It was competitive in the class for quite a few years.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:20 PM
I'm diggin that weird hybrid first and second gen Ranger tow truck, too.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:11 AM