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#51 Jerry Entin

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 04:16

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This is a Kurtis sportscar that was street legal owned by Jack Hinkle.
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#52 ensign14

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:25

Good stuff. :)

#53 eldougo

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:47

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
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This is a Kurtis sportscar that was street legal owned by Jack Hinkle.
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Nice road car that.... :up:

#54 Jerry Entin

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 02:15

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Jack Hinkle and his good friend and mechanic Chet Johnson.

Chet Johnson always wore this red beret. Jeri Hinkle , Jack Hinkle's wife has told me the story about it. It was during World War Two. Chet was on a tank coming into a town in France,all the people were cheering and jumping up and down. Chet reached down and grabbed the red beret off a guy on the street. Chet sadly passed away a few years before Jack in around 2001.
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#55 Jerry Entin

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 00:50

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Jack Hinkle and Chet Johnson again with his trusty red beret on. This is Road America in 1979. Jack Hinkle was 67 years old in 1979.
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#56 Jerry Entin

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 13:56

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Jack Hinkle's 300S Maserati with Chet Johnson working on it.
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:41

Late in 1956, Jack Hinkle drove a Ferrari 750 Monza (probably 0498M) in some races including Stillwater (2.9), Coffeyville (30.10) and Fort Sumner (?). Can anyone confirm and add photos ?

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#58 Jean L

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 17:24

Hello,
Yes for Coffeyville 30/10 and it is 0498M(MD).SCCA magazine Jan 1957 say "This was the first time out for Jack Hinkle in his new Monza".
Race 4 1st n°1 Ferrari 4,5l Dale Duncan
2 n°7 Ferrari Monza Jack Hinkle
3 n°12 Ferrari Monza Loyal Katskee (0554M)
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 21:24

Don't you love those obscure SCCA meetings ! According to Barchetta, John Kilborn and 121 LM 0558 raced at Coffeyville on october 21. Surely there was not 2 meetings in 2 weeks and some dates got confused ?

As an aside, which 300 S did Hinkle raced ? That an unusual (and beautiful to my eyes) color scheme !

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#60 David McKinney

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 22:46

Originally posted by ERault
As an aside, which 300 S did Hinkle raced ?

3060

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 23:01

Originally posted by David McKinney

3060

Wrong! See my upcoming book about the 300S. History of all cars chassis-by-chassis!

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#62 Jerry Entin

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 00:21

David McKinney:
We can argue which chassis number the Hinkle car was, but it was not 3060. That particular chassis started out as a factory entry at Sebring in 1956, heavily damaged in the Esses by Menditeguy. The damaged 300S stayed with Maserati Corporation of America on Long Island, where Jerry Titus [later of SCG] single handedly rebuilt it as a long-nose car. It was left unpainted in bare aluminum. Mighty ugly to look at, but it ran well. In 1957 John Edgar rented 3060 a number of times for Shelby, who won at Cumberland and Lime Rock. After that it was raced by Bob Bucher in the Northeast.

Incidentally, CoCo, when are we finally going to see that 300S opus of yours, promised so many Christmases ago. Production problems?
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#63 Manfred Cubenoggin

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 02:41

Jerry Titus. :(

Now there's another name worthy of a stand-alone thread.

#64 David McKinney

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 07:08

OK, that will teach me for taking my information from unreliable websites :blush:
My only defence is that I've never studied sportscars in the same depth as single-seaters :cool:

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 16:30

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
David McKinney:
We can argue which chassis number the Hinkle car was, but it was not 3060. That particular chassis started out as a factory entry at Sebring in 1956, heavily damaged in the Esses by Menditeguy. The damaged 300S stayed with Maserati Corporation of America on Long Island, where Jerry Titus [later of SCG] single handedly rebuilt it as a long-nose car. It was left unpainted in bare aluminum. Mighty ugly to look at, but it ran well. In 1957 John Edgar rented 3060 a number of times for Shelby, who won at Cumberland and Lime Rock. After that it was raced by Bob Bucher in the Northeast.

Incidentally, CoCo, when are we finally going to see that 300S opus of yours, promised so many Christmases ago. Production problems?
all research Willem Oosthoek.

The opus comes in full swing! The editor is going to get final editing. Good work about 26 cars and their very complicated history takes more time than with 3 or 10 cars.................! Also you know that I am doing the art-work by myself and as a professional Art-Director I am very demanding on that!

Ciao!
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Posted 15 January 2008 - 16:37

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#67 Jerry Entin

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:30

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Dean Case and Bob McKim and Jack Hinkle in 1948 next to Jack's street version Kurtis. Their midget in the background. Bob McKim drove and Jack Hinkle and Dean Case sponsored it.
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#68 Jerry Entin

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:47

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Another shot of Jack Hinkle's street version Kurtis.
This photo was also taken in 1948 and was by L.A. Ward a columnist for the National Speed Sport News.
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#69 Manfred Cubenoggin

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 14:28

:cool:

Jerry:

Those images of the 'street' Kurtis are tantalizing indeed. Beyond cool, in fact. Pls, more details if you have 'em.

#70 Jerry Entin

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 00:28

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Johnnie Tolan and his good friend Jack McGrath and Melvin E. "Tony" Bettenhausen.
This is a very sad picture. I believe shortly after it was taken, this is Phoenix in 1955 at the end of the season, that Jack McGrath lost his life.
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 06:51

That's not Jack McGrath in the middle - perhaps Jack 'Cactus' Turner?

#72 Jerry Entin

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 07:21

Michael: I have also been told that might not be Tony Bettenhausen as he usually had a crew cut. This picture was sent me by Ron Kellogg. He has just recieved a huge amount of pictures from this era. The picture was marked as I have described it. I am off to Los Angeles until after the weekend. When I get back I will try and straighten this out.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 08:53

It's Tony B. alright, you cannot mistake HIM for anyone else! :D Just to make sure, there's a pic in Wallen's Fabulous Fifties, p384, showing Tony with long(ish) hair, just as in your photo, and the pic is well dated by the car he is leaning against: the 1952 Kuzma, as purchased by Bob Sweikert in the summer of 1955, and before sold on to Pete Salemi in early 1956! :)

#74 Jerry Entin

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 07:17

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The great Jack McGrath in Jack Hinkle's dirt car.
Bob Lawrence loaned the site this great picture and he believes it is from 1950.
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#75 Jerry Entin

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 07:22

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Jack McGrath in 1951
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#76 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 18:47

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Jack McGrath looking at the newest innovation, Disk brakes.
This is the Hinkle Special in 1955.
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In post #70 after looking at it for some time now, I believe it is "Cactus Jack" Turner in the middle and not the great Jack McGrath. Jack did sadly loose his life at that race in 1955, at Phoenix on the fairgrounds track.
I also believe it isn't Johnnie Tolan on the left. I think that is Jimmy Daywalt.

#77 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 19:01

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Jack McGrath at speed in the Hinkle Special, this is Indy 1955
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#78 Jerry Entin

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 19:46

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Jack Hinkle in his Birdcage Maserati.
This is the second Birdcage Jack owned. This is in 1961 and it is chassis # 2470.
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photo Jeri Hinkle collection - scanned for site Laurie Williamson.

#79 Jerry Entin

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 19:56

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Jack Hinkle and his friend Carl Haas.
They both loved cigars. Carl doesn't seem to be offering Jack Hinkle one here.
photo Jeri Hinkle collection - scanned for site Laurie Williamson.

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#80 Jerry Entin

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 20:00

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Jack Hinkle and his friend Jim Kimberly
Notice Jack is packing his own cigar in this photo. This is a hunting trip and Jim Kimberly was the President of the SCCA.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 20:25

I believe the gentleman to the left in the photo with Tony B. is Jimmy Daywalt, a noted driver during that era.

#82 Jerry Entin

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 20:36

That picture was mismarked by the photographer. The photographer was Dwight Vaccaro. Under the picture he had the names as I have stated them. I believe it is Jimmy Daywalt and Cactus Jack Turner and Tony Bettenhausen.
Jimmy Daywalt finished 6th in the 1953 Indy 500 and was named Rookie of the year. He sadly passed away in 1966 at the age of 41 from complications from Cancer.

#83 Jerry Entin

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 01:33

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Jack Hinkle's lovely wife Jeri and their son George Hinkle
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:07

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Jack McGrath in the Hinkle Special leading Bill Vukovich at Indy in 1955.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 18:39

A number of years ago Brooks auctioned off the "ex-Jack Hinkle, ex-Lord Hesketh" Tipo 61 Maserati, chassis 2470. The original owner was indeed Jack Hinkle and it was Hinkle's second Birdcage, after he campaigned chassis 2456. Photos of either car are hard to come by, but Brooks managed to find two period color shots, which they identified as 2470. Unfortunately, they were of 2456, shown in what must have been Hinkle's last race in that car before he started using his second Birdcage.

The photo captions mention that the images were taken at Malden, Missouri in May 1961. According to the SCCA calendar the first race in the new 1961 Midwest Division Championship was held on May 6-7 at a decommisioned Air Force Base at Malden, hosted by the St. Louis Region. Apparently Jack Hinkle was there, but I have not been able to find any results anywhere. The SCCA magazine did not cover the event at the time and neither did the national car magazines. Does anybody remember what the results were at Malden AFB? The photos were taken by Gary Trobaugh, who was an early TNF contributor if I remember correctly.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 19:12

Jerry:

That Rex Dean photo is awesome!

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 19:57

Does the Hinkle Special Indy car still exist?

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 20:25

Originally posted by chuckbrandt
Does the Hinkle Special Indy car still exist?

No, see: http://forums.autosp...235#post3114235

#89 Jerry Entin

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 17:43

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The Great Jack McGrath in the Hinkle Special in 1953
Jack McGrath qualified 3rd at Indy and finished 5th in 1953. Car is Kurtis Kraft 4000 Offy

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 18:21

Jerry, thanks for posting that geat pic of Jack McGrath! I assume that the car is based on a Kurtis chassis or was it a home-bred machine? :)

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 01:10

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This car was at the Miller at the Milwaukee mile show last Saturday. It is purported to be the original McGrath car.

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Here it is at speed along with Rathman's 59 Indy second place car.
That's a Miller front drive of about 1928 comming into the pits, in the foreground.
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#92 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 14:18

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Jack Hinkle's street Kurtis
In front of the car is young Tommy Madison, in the car barely visible is his brother Leslie Madison.
Tommy is now 60 and lives near Dallas,Texas.

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Leslie Madison in Helmet ready to go.
Tommy Madison is seen in middle of car.
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Posted 05 December 2008 - 14:58

I own Jack's Cooper Monaco, and have a few historical pictures and references that I will attempt to post, if someone will help. I have pics in digital form, but cannot seem to figure out how to post them (computer illiterate!).

Below is a summary version of the car's history:

Tracy Bird Cooper Monaco-Ferrari
… #CM 5/62 was the fifth and last chassis produced by the Cooper Car Company in 1962, serving
as the prototype for the “King Cobra” of the following year. Originally equipped with a 2.7L
Coventry Climax FPF that had been used in Grand Prix racing in Europe, CM 5/62 was delivered
to Wichita banker and oil man Jack Hinkle, who was an important figure in American racing:
• Car owner for driver Jack McGrath, who won the Indy 500 pole in 54,
and finished 3rd in ‘51 & ‘54
• Chairman of the SCCA Board in ‘61
• Accomplished sports car driver, winning 9 of 12 races and the MiDiv
D Mod championship in ’64
(in CM 5/62)
(picture of Jack Hinkle receiving CM 5/62 from the factory, ‘62)

“Garnett, KS: With 65,000 persons watching, Ken Miles … finished
ahead of Harry Heuer driving a Chaparall and Jack Hinkle driving a
Cooper Monaco. Hinkle in the Cooper Monaco had the best time --
1:53. Dick Thompson 1:59. Harry Heuer and Ed Hamill in a
Cooper Monaco Ford 1:56.” Kansas City Star, July 8, ‘64

(picture of Hinkle and CM 5/62 in action, 64)

Hinkle sold CM 5/62 after the ‘64 season to Tracy Bird, who installed a 3.0L Ferrari V12 GT
engine and raced it very successfully in ‘65/’66:
“the car was… unbeaten on the West Coast in the 3 Liter D-Mod class of those days. It regularly won the
class and would run 2nd or 3rd overall in Nationals, and won overall in Regional races that didn’t have too
many big Modified cars. I won the Class in Division and was leading the Run-offs at Riverside that Fall by
a good half lap, when (gearbox problems caused a DNF). The car was always #91 – my number from the
1951 Palm Springs race.” Tracy Bird.

Bird was also an important figure in racing. While Chairman of the SCCA Board, Bird developed
the USRRC series, and with Jim Hall, was the architect of the Can-Am rules.
“Tracy Bird and Hall … worked out rules … on the telephone. Each had a car of his own, Hall a
Chaparral and Bird a Cooper [CM 5/62], and they would call each other after 8 p.m. when rates were
cheap. One would mention scoops and the other would rush out to measure scoop size on the car sitting in
his garage, and either agree or propose a modification.” Leon Mandel.
Bird sold CM 5/62 in ‘68 to Pete Lovely, who is well-known for
also installing a Ferrari engine in a Cooper T-51 Grand Prix
chassis and racing the resulting “Cooper-Ferrari” at the Formula
1 race at Riverside in ‘60, finishing 11th.
“The following year (‘66), the SCCA boobs eliminated the class, so I sold the car
to Pete.” Tracy Bird.

(picture of Gary Grove and CM5/62 in action at PIR, ‘68)

CM 5/62 was acquired from Lovely in ‘74 by William Cammarano, who restored the car to Tracy
Bird specs, enjoyed it for 30 years, and then sold it on to Fred Burke, who intends to continue the
chain of good stewards of this historically significant sports racing car.

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 19:36

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Jack Hinkle when he first took delivery of his Cooper Monaco.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 09:22

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Here is a letter from Jack Hinkle explaining his Cooper Monaco to previous owner.


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Posted 06 December 2008 - 09:32

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Jack Hinkle's Cooper Monaco as it looks now.
Jack's Cooper CM/5/62 at Monterey for the Vintage races in 2006. Now owned by Fred Burke.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 16:18

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Bank Billboard from the early 60's.


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Posted 06 December 2008 - 17:32

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Jack Hinkle in his Cooper Monaco in the day.


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Posted 14 December 2008 - 03:04

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Jack Hinkle in his first Birdcage Maserati.

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 20:16

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Jack Hinkle's first Birdcage #2456 in mid 1960.
This slide was found by Cliff Reuter in his dads collection.

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