Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 2

The story of Glenn Pray is very different from that of Harry Shay covered in Part 1.

Glenn Pray was a school teacher when he purchased the assets of the former Auburn Cord Deusenberg company back in 1960. Upon the winding up of E.L.Cord’s company back in 1938 the assets had been originally purchased by a Buick dealer from Flint Michigan named Dallas Winslow. Winslow has continued to offer parts and service from the original ACD building in Auburn. Upon purchase Pray moved lock stock and barrel to a former cannery in Broken Arrow Oklahoma and set up in business.

Pray gained a reputation as the foremost supplier of Auburn and Cord parts saving may valuable vehicles in the process, his cannery site becoming a must visit for all enthusiasts of the marques.

Starting in the 1960’s Glenn Pray also introduced what became the first well known replica cars, Pray preferred to call the cars “second generation” this endeavour was not a financial success.  The cars however have gained a cult following and have been recognised by the ACD club fittingly as “The Second Generation Cars”

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Sadly Glenn Pray passed away in 2011

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You can find a lot more from Chris Summers about ACD and Glenn Pray here

Glenn’s son Doug carried on the business and it was featured on the TV Show American Pickers

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You can hear an interview with Doug on Mark Greene’s excellent “Cars Yeah” podcast here

If you ever get a chance to visit the ACD museum grab it with both hands, I visited a few years ago and it’s a wonderful place!

Visit to the ACD 

 

Updated And Revised 2018 Great Race Route

I have been advised that the 2018 route of the Great Race has been revised and updated.  The locations of the overnight stops and the lunch stops have been provided  The new route is shown below.

Updated And Revised 2018 Great Race Route

I think that the revised portions of the route through Maine and New Brunswick are better and I like the idea of spending more time in Nova Scotia.  I will miss not going over into Prince Edward Island, but I understand the scheduling issues.

It is good to see that the route will visit Mount Washington, where there have been many hill climb events held there since the 1930s.

Scene From A Past Hill Climb At Mount Washington

Note that the locations identified in red are overnight stops and those locations in blue are lunch stops.

If you have any comments or questions about this post, then…

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Hemmings Great Race 2017

This years Hemmings Great Race route this year was between Jacksonville Fl and Traverse City MI you can find a map Here


Race highlights can be found on the links below

Full race report

The 2017 Great Race

The 2017 Great Race

 

 

Racing bans, ethanol increases, and more: the biggest old car news stories of 2016 – Daniel Strohl Hemmings

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2016 Year in Review

A compilation of some of the significant classic car stories in from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings

1. Ethanol-blended fuel amounts continue to rise.

2. Racing returns to Bonneville, though the salt depletion continues.

3. AACA and AACA Museum break off merger talks

4. SEMA battles EPA over motorsports

5. Auction records continue to fall.

6. Museums large and small close around the world.

These topics plus many others, can be found here

 

Esprit de hardcore: Pismo Race of Gentlemen 2016 – Daniel Beaudry Hemmings

West Coast Race of Gentlemen

West Coast Race of Gentlemen

 

On October 15/16th this year the inaugural west coast version of the Race of Gentlemen took place at Pismo Beach.

Having been to Pismo a few years ago it’s an ideal spot, the beach is great and it’s a real “car hobby” area.

Unfortunately and ironically the weather wasn’t at all kind to the event, and it may be that it ends up being a one off?

Read more in Daniel Beaudry’s Hemmings article here

 

Return of the Old Guard: At The Race of Gentlemen, an original Oiler dons the colors once again – Daniel Beaudry – Hemmings

 

TROG Quint Meland

TROG Quint Meland

The Race of Gentlemen will be held this weekend in Wildwood New Jersey and for the first time in 55 years Oiler Quint Meland  will be on the beach. Read the article from Hemmings here

Head Scratcher Mystery Flatheads – E&S Ford Flathead V8 Cylinder Heads (From Hemmings)

Not a new article from the excellent Jim Donnelly over at Hemmings, but very interesting nonetheless.

These heads are unusual in as much as the manufacturer, (E&S), are not widely known, plus the heads appear to offer extra cooling capacity to combat overheating which is often the bane of the Ford flathead V8.

Read the article and the mystery being solved by Hemmings readers here

Head-scratcher

Excellent response to Jim’s article from Mike Russell The E&S heads were made by E&S Manufacturing Co. 1828 Keystone St. Burbank CA phone CHase 7-7447, Ed Schneck owner, Kong Jackson was involved in the design. They also made several styles of multiple carburettor intake manifolds. The “Super Marine Special” was a staggered 4 carb beauty with fins. They also made a cool 2 carb manifold featuring a “Blast Box” for street use which could be replaced with a low carburettor mounting plate for racing applications. Other products included scoops and an offset generator mounting bracket. The company moved to Georgia at some point and changed the name to L&S. The E&S Custom, Super Race, and Supermarine heads feature a revolutionary design of combustion chambers, valve and dome areas, which results in absolute maximum turbulence and enables the use of ten to one and higher compression ratios with maximum volumetric efficiency and excellent fuel flame propagation. “Choking off and “peaking

 

If I had $4000 I’d Hit the Roof!

Hemmings Parts Classified FOR SALE Roof 101 Cyclone OHV and Manifold, Four Port, FORD NEW

Very desirable piece of kit for sale on Hemmings which would look great on my Sport Coupe.Only complication is that I can’t afford the $4000 to buy it….

 

 

 

The top-10 Hemming’s Daily stories of 2015

As s 2015 ends it’s good to take a look back over the years stories in the car hobby world.

Let’s start with the top 10 stories from the Hemmings daily blog

The top-10 Hemmings Daily stories of 2015

The top-10 Hemmings Daily stories of 2015

 

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1926 Ford Model T lakes modified

Love this Model T lakes modified for sale on Hemmings

1926 Model T Lakes Modified

1926 Model T Lakes Modified

“all hand built 6 years ago. Starting with a flawless steel body that was narrowed by 8 ½ inches, the car was modeled to resemble Bo Jones famous modified-style T, although this car is unique and not intended to be a clone. Painted in a brilliant Polyurethane Orange with bright red accents, this car gets noticed anywhere it goes. In addition to the laser-straight body, the exterior features custom aluminum hood and false side panels, Bell-style dropped front axle, Posi rear spring, cut-down windshield, and 1935 Ford wire wheels (rears widened by 2”) wrapped in Coker Firestone Deluxe Champion tires. The interior features a custom-built Swedish Brown Leather Seat, floor shifter, Classic Instruments, removable steering wheel and tan carpet. The unique power train consists of a 4-cylinder Mazda Miata 1.8 liter / 133 HP that is fully chromed and polished and features a custom cut-down manifold. All of this is backed by a close ratio five-speed manual transmission and 1940 Ford Quick Change rear axle”

Read more here