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#101 suthvid

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 05:23

I love seeing these shots of Jack's car. I've read previously on this forum of the whereabouts (and demise?) of his Brabham, does anyone know what happened to the Porsche 906 and the Lola T160? My father was a friend of Jack's and Chet's, and I was privileged to visit the shop and see these cars. You can not imagine what it was like as a young boy to see these beautiful works of art, and Chet's shop was immaculate. As my father would often comment "you could eat off the floor". I would love to see these cars again.

The shot of Jack taking delivery of the Cooper looks to be Chet Johnson's shop off of Douglas Street near Lawerence Stadium (as it was called back then).

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#102 etceterini.com

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 05:05

John, are you Bob's son??

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#103 RA Historian

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 18:54

Originally posted by suthvid
I love seeing these shots of Jack's car. I've read previously on this forum of the whereabouts (and demise?) of his Brabham, does anyone know what happened to the Porsche 906 and the Lola T160? John Sutherland

Jack's Lola T-165 was at the Road America historics back in the 80s driven by some fellow (can't remember the first name) named Nero. It still had the same replacement rear deck on it that was installed after Jack backed into the guard rail in the 1977 June Sprints. Hinkle ran the T-165 from 1970 through 1979. Don't know about the T-160 that he had in 1969.
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 05:18

Cliff,

No, my dad was Tom Sutherland. He passed away in 1984.

As for the Lola in question, it might not had been the 160 I'm thinking of but the 165. I found a picture, I'll scan it and upload it. I graduated high school in '72, and it seems like it was after 1970. Unfortunately, between moving to MA, getting married twice, and cleaning out the house after my mom's death, I seem to have lost most of my photos and negatives. The single shot I found may be all that's left.

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 16:32

I am intereted in what you came up with. I own a 53 Cunningham coupe ordered and owned by Jack Hinkle. He must have been a pal of Briggs?

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 19:24

Photos of the great Jack McGrath in Hinkle's Indy entries from 1952 and 1953. The '52 car looks quite similar to the car in the photograph of post number 74) on page two. The 1953 shot was taken in a similar time frame to the photo of Jerry Entin's post number 89).

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Kurtis Kraft (KK) 3000, 270 Offy, Maroon/ Silver, Qualified 3rd, Placed 11th

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KK 4000, 270 Offy, Q3, P5

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 21:15

Originally posted by B Squared
The '52 car looks quite similar to the car in the photograph of post number 74) on page two.

It is the same car, and the '53 car is the same as in the next posted picture (post #75). :)

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 01:06

And the car as it exists today is in post # 91....

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#109 mrkerb

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:17

I just came across this thread.
I was working in San Diego in the mid-eighties (at a shop that has long since closed) where we had a tube framed Chevy Special with a fiberglass body that was a mold taken from a 300s.

Not too interesting I'll admit but... the front suspension complete with chassis number was from one of Hinkle's Birdcages. Story was, that the car was built by a Texan known as "Big" Jim Hall. He got the "Big" nickname because of a young upstart from Midland who had the same name. Hall claimed that the Hinkle Birdcage was burned in a fire but he might have been confused by the similar fate of Hinkle's BT8. Still, it doesn't explain how the front of the car got to Houston.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 11:57

"It is the same car, and the '53 car is the same as in the next posted picture (post #75). fines

"And the car as it exists today is in post # 91...." ZOOOM

I thought so, but with this crew keeping an eye out for any little slip... No way in hell I'm making that leap of faith or using basic common sense. I'll let you guys that actually know something make the call. That's about all you can expect from such a dumbass as myself. To quote Sgt. Schultz... "I know nothing!"

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 00:49

I believe this was taken by my father in 1954 or 1955 outside his house in Wichita, I'm the guy in the middle. Jack was my uncle and I remember my Dad taking me out to many of the local races in Kansas where he raced. I remember him well, both when he raced and after he stopped, he was a very interesting man to talk to ... ... ...


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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:47

Jack's Lola T-165 was at the Road America historics back in the 80s driven by some fellow (can't remember the first name) named Nero. It still had the same replacement rear deck on it that was installed after Jack backed into the guard rail in the 1977 June Sprints. Hinkle ran the T-165 from 1970 through 1979. Don't know about the T-160 that he had in 1969.
Tom




"Backed up into the guard rail"

He launched the car off the entrance/escape road before the last turn and it spun in the air and landed backwards into a guard rail





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Posted 25 April 2011 - 15:45


well, I guess my description is technically accurate, if less descriptive and colorful!

Reminds me of the constant understatement of Indy Car box scores, when so-and-so demolishes his car in a spectacular wreck and the official reason for retirement is "contact".

Tom

#114 Jerry Entin

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 18:22

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Jack Hinkle in his Cooper Monaco


photo: Fred Hacke
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 16:08

Originally equipped with a 2.7L Coventry Climax FPF that had been used in Grand Prix racing in Europe,

Grand Prix of Gibraltar one would assume? :)