concern the roadsters used by Firestone as tire test cars. These cars
were used only for tire testing.
The first car was a 1952 Kurtis 500Awith a Chrysler engine.
The second car is a bit of a mystery. It was delivered in late'53/early'54 to
Ray Nichels. It also had a Chrysler engine. I have seen it refered to
as a Kurtis 500A but it appears to have a 500C body??????
The third, and last of the Firestone test roadsters, that I am aware of,
was a 1958 Kurtis "special" based on the 500H chassis. It had a Ray
Nichels Pontiac engine. This car later became the Mad Dog IV,
with a supercharged Chrysler Hemi, that broke 180 MPH at Daytona.
Do any of the esteemed historians here have any other info or stories
about these Firestone test roadsters??
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mac miller in INDY
Edited by mac miller, 23 September 2009 - 18:28.