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Posted August 13, 2013 - 10:29 PM

Just a heads up guys.  I recently got the movie Winning starring Paul Newman.  It was released in 1969 and covers the 1968 Indy 500.  In the pits it shows a JD GT pushing a race car.  Also, shows a Wheel Horse pulling a GT trailer.  A couple of good shots of an MF also. 

 

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Posted August 14, 2013 - 10:00 AM

That's kinda interesting. I wonder if it was common practice to use them around the pit area or if it was just early marketing by the Gt companies.



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Posted August 14, 2013 - 10:56 AM

That's kinda interesting. I wonder if it was common practice to use them around the pit area or if it was just early marketing by the Gt companies.

Looks like actual race footage to me.  I think they used them that way.



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Posted August 14, 2013 - 12:52 PM

There's also a picture out there on the net of a Panzer pulling an Indy car around. Must have been how it was done in the days before quads.
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Posted August 14, 2013 - 01:20 PM

Winning sounds like a winner, thanks for the heads up.



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Posted August 24, 2013 - 10:07 PM

That's kinda interesting. I wonder if it was common practice to use them around the pit area or if it was just early marketing by the Gt companies.

Ran across this.  Kind of confirms to me there was a link between race cars and GTs.race car tractor.jpg


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Posted August 24, 2013 - 11:22 PM

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Posted August 25, 2013 - 06:47 AM

Ran across this.  Kind of confirms to me there was a link between race cars and GTs.attachicon.gifrace car tractor.jpg

 

That's pretty neat. I wonder if anyone has ever restored one to that spec. It looks like a car pusher on the front end and I'm guessing lots of decals or maybe even a custom team paint job in some cases. 


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Posted August 25, 2013 - 07:43 AM

The Indy 500 used Wheel .Horse tractors for several years to get cars from the garage area to the pits.I remember seeing them as a kid.

http://www.tractorda...-horse-500.html


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Posted August 25, 2013 - 01:50 PM

Sometime in the early to mid Sixty's, Wheel Horse being an Indiana based Co. started supplying all the race teams at the Indy 500 with a GT to push or pull the race cars to and from the garage to the pits. Shortly after Indy started using then, Mr. Pond came up with the idea of all the teams riding the GT's around the track for one lap (2.5 Miles). They would start out in 11 rows of 3 abreast, but it didn't take for the drivers to turn it into a race of their own. Some of the drivers figured out how to hold the Governor open to go faster and it's a wonder they didn't blow up those Kohlers, I never heard of one coming apart. Each one of the actual GT's used by a team had a special plaque mounted on it to show it was used at Indy. By the mid-seventy's other GT Company's got in on the action. But for about 8 years, Wheel Horse was the King of the Indy 500 !!

 

BTW, Each year the winning driver of the race received a new Wheel Horse GT and Attachments as part of their Winners Purse. Wouldn't be neat to find and buy a Wheel Horse off of someone like AJ Foyt or Al Unser !!


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Posted August 25, 2013 - 02:59 PM

in 68 Wheel Horse had Carlisle make white wall tires, (Carlise made most of the tires for WH in the mid 60's to the early 70's they are branded Wheel Horse) to be used at the track that year, only 33 sets were made, one set for each tractor used at the race. These are photos of the 1968 Charger10 as it was equipped and used at Indy that year.

 

1968 Wheelhorse parade lap.jpg Wheelhorsewhitewalls_1.jpg


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Posted August 25, 2013 - 03:03 PM

Here are a few photos of some Round Hoods used at Indy in the early/mid Sixty's.

 

round hood gasoline alley1.jpg round hood gasoline alley2.jpg round hood pit lane1.jpg


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Posted August 25, 2013 - 03:22 PM

Wheel Horse also built a Commemorative Model for the Dealers in IN. to sell. It was called "Wheel Horse 500 Special". Wheel Horse built a couple Thousand of these over the years, but the GT's were never used at the race track. They had a Tecomseh HH-60 recoil start, blue and white decals and a stripe down the hood.

 

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Posted August 25, 2013 - 03:29 PM

If i remember right all the tractors that were used at the track had the number of the car that they were assigned to.

 

in 68 Wheel Horse had Carlisle make white wall tires, (Carlise made most of the tires for WH in the mid 60's to the early 70's they are branded Wheel Horse) to be used at the track that year, only 33 sets were made, one set for each tractor used at the race. These are photos of the 1968 Charger10 as it was equipped and used at Indy that year.

 

attachicon.gif1968 Wheelhorse parade lap.jpgattachicon.gifWheelhorsewhitewalls_1.jpg

The first picture looks to me that it was taken coming from the back forty with the track in the background, over the road


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Posted August 25, 2013 - 03:35 PM

If i remember right all the tractors that were used at the track had the number of the car that they were assigned to.

 

The first picture looks to me that it was taken coming from the back forty with the track in the background, over the road

 

That is actually a photo of them coming into the race track off of 16th street under the track between turns one and two. The teams could and would decal their tractor as they wanted.


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