Still one of my most memorable days ever in my motor racing history research years: being told you have found the missing Vuky car back.....
What a great story and a great discovery!
About 2010, as far as I can tell, I made a list of the location of most of the Indy roadsters at that time, and two pages of replica roadsters existing or under construction. (That list includes three Novi replicas.)
I don’t remember where I found the information to construct this list, but it shows the Hopkins Kurtis 500 C, listed as the Rathmann car from 1956 (#24), in the Netherlands Museum, so the list was made after your discovery.
To plug one gap (which I know you have) in 1957 the Hopkins car had apparently been sold to D. J. Caruthers, who entered the car at Indianapolis as #67 for Don Edmonds. It was too slow to make the field. Presumably Caruthers sold the car to Frank Arciero before 1959.
My list shows the second car in the museum as a rarity, the only Indy roadster ever built by Dennie Moore. It was a laydown design, although I’m not sure it was a copy of the George Salih design.
The Moore/Offy was entered in the 1959 500 by John Zink, painted “Zink Pink,” as #74 for Bob Veith. He finished 12th. In 1960 it was again entered by Zink (as the Ellen Zink #41) for Ebb Rose, a Houston trucking company owner who was involved in sports car racing. Apparently Rose bought the car from Zink. Rose qualified 36th fastest and was bumped from the field. The chief mechanic was another Houston resident, Tony Foyt (A.J.’s father). The Moore/Offy was entered again in 1961 for Roger McCluskey as #22, the Racing Associates Special. It was wrecked on the 51st lap and was credited with 27th place. This was its last Indy 500 – I wonder how it made it to the Netherlands.
Like you, I’d love to know where the Hopkins/Arciero car is now, and how it was restored. I rather hope it is the way it was entered in 1959, using a Maserati V8. My own feeling is that the car in which Vuky was killed should be left to our memories.