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#1 Eagle1977

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 14:37

My first post (other than my intro). 

 

I'm fascinated by IndyCar chassis histories. Especially the cars of the 1970s. During the pandemic, I did some basic digging into the history of the McLaren M24, and I enjoyed that experience. 

 

I've long been a fan of the Roman Slobodinsky designed Eagle of 1972. It's a great looking car, low, wide and fast. Allen Brown and his team have done a fantastic job piecing together the histories of the 1972 and 73 Eagles. There appears to be less known about the 1974 Eagle, however.

 

According to AAR, they built 15 1974 Eagle chassis. 

 

In my very cursory initial look, here is what I've dug up regarding where they started out:

 

7401 - Unknown

7402 - Unknown

7403 - Patrick Racing (Gordon Johncock)

7404 - AAR

7405 - AAR

7406 - Vel's Parnelli Jones (Mario Andretti)

7407 - Jerry O'Connell (Billy Vukovich)

7408

7409 - Patrick Racing (Wally Dallenbach)

7410

7411 - Unlimited Racing (Lloyd Ruby)

7412

7414

7415

7416

7417 - Leader Cards (Mike Mosley)

 

Bob Fletcher had two 1974 chassis. 

VPJ had at least 3. One of which was possibly written off following Joe Leonard's accident at OMS.

 

AAR - 2 chassis

Patrick - 2 chassis

O'Connell - 1 chassis

Fletcher - 2 chassis

Leader Cards - 1 chassis

Unlimited - 1 chassis

VPJ - 3 (or 4) chassis

 

I'm curious if anyone has done any digging into this chassis? I feel like a logical first step would to try and figure out where each chassis originally went. Which two did Bob Fletcher own? Where did 7414 or 7415 end up? Were they spares/back up cars? 

 



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#2 Emery0323

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 19:18

Have you tried contacting AAR directly?   

I don't know how amenable they are to requests like this, but the worst that can happen is that they'll say "no".

 

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#3 Henk Vasmel

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 19:33

Most of your questions, I cannot answer, but I do have an Indycar database in development. So I made a brief abstract of the Eagle 74 cars where I have chassis ID's. That shows the following. I hope it helps you on your way to completing the info:

 

Eagle 74, in my (far from complete) Indy database:
 
1974:
7403 Patrick Racing Team Wally Dallenbach
7404 (or 7405) Oscar Olson Bobby Unser
                             AAR Bobby Unser
7405 (or 7404) Oscar Olson Bobby Unser
7406 Vel's Parnelli Jones Mario Andretti
7407 Jerry O' Connell Billy Vukovich (Only seen once in practice)
7409 Patrick Racing Team Gordon Johncock
7411 Unlimited Racing Lloyd Ruby (Only seen once in practice, crash)
7411? Michael Devin Lloyd Ruby (One NQ only)
7417 Leader Card Mike Mosley
                                                                       Steve Krisiloff
 
1975:
7403 Patrick Racing Team Wally Dallenbach
7404 (or 7405) AAR Bobby Unser
7404? (or 7405) Earle M. Jorgenson Bobby Unser
7405? (or 7404) Earle M. Jorgenson Bobby Unser
7406 Vel's Parnelli Jones Mario Andretti
7407 Jerry O' Connell Mike Mosley
                                                                       Bobby Unser
                                                                       Al Unser
                                                                       Mario Andretti
7409 Patrick Racing Team Gordon Johncock
7411 Michael Devin Sammy Sessions
                                                                       Lloyd Ruby
7417 Leader Card Steve Krisiloff (One NQ only)
 
1976:
7403 Leader Card George Snider
                                                                       Mike Hiss
7404 Earle M. Jorgenson Pancho Carter
                                                                       Vern Schuppan (NQ)
7404? (or 7405) Earle M. Jorgenson Pancho Carter
                                                                       Vern Schuppan
7405? (or 7404) Earle M. Jorgenson Pancho Carter
7406 Richard Routh Jan Opperman
                                                                      Todd Gibson
7407 Jerry O' Connell Mike Mosley
7409 Brenda Gibson Gary Allbritain
7411 Michael Devin Arlene Hiss
                                                                       Lloyd Ruby
                            Bobby Hillin Jan Opperman
                                                                      George Snider
7417? Leader Card Tom Bigelow
Fletcher Bob Fletcher Bobby Unser
 
1977:
7403 Leader Card Joe Saldana
                                                                      Tom Bigelow (NQ)
7403? Leader Card Johnny Parsons (DNS)
                                                                      Gary Irvin
                                                                      Joe Saldana
                                                                      George Snider
7405 Patrick Santello Lee Kunzman
7406 Richard Routh Todd Gibson
7407 Jerry O' Connell Mike Mosley
                                                                     Vern Schuppan
                                                                     Pancho Carter
7411 Bobby Hillin Bubby Jones
                                                                     George Snider
7417? (7403) Leader Card Tom Bigelow
Fletcher Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen
 
1978:
7403 Leader Card Tom Bigelow
                                                                     Tom Bagley (DNS)
7404 (or 7405) Patrick Santello Larry Rice
7405 Patrick Santello Larry Rice
                          Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen
7407 Jim McElreath Jim McElreath
7408 Bruce Crower Chuck Gurney
7411 Wayne Woodward Billy Vukovich
                                                                    Roger Rager
7417? (or 7403) Leader Card Tom Bagley
Fletcher Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen
                                                                    John Mahler
Gehlhausen Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen
 
1979:
Fletcher Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen
                                                                    Phil Caliva
Gehlhausen (or Fletcher) Spike Gehlhausen
                                                                   Al Loquasto
 
1980:
7411 John Mahler Michel Jourdain
Fletcher Bill Tempero Bill Tempero
Gehlhausen Walter Medlin Tony Bettenhausen
 
1981:
Fletcher Jim Buick Jim Buick
                         Joe Hunt Phillip Krueger
Gehlhausen Walter Medlin Bubby Jones
 
1982:
Fletcher Joe Hunt Phillip Krueger
                                                                   Dick Ferguson
                                                                   Jerry Sneva (NQ/DNS)
 

Sorry for the formatting, but an interface that doesn't accept <tab> characters is pretty useless.

Edit: and it looked almost acceptable before I sent it, and then the post button decided to reduce some multiple spaces to single spaces again. If it is not possible to read it, please sent me a PM and I will try to send you a better version


Edited by Henk Vasmel, 15 May 2024 - 19:37.


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Posted 16 May 2024 - 00:42

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#5 Eagle1977

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Posted 16 May 2024 - 13:56

Have you tried contacting AAR directly?
I don't know how amenable they are to requests like this, but the worst that can happen is that they'll say "no".

https://allamericanr...merican-racers/

Great suggestion. I did reach out to them several weeks ago, but have not heard back. My assumption is that they would have records of who they sold their cars to.

#6 Eagle1977

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Posted 16 May 2024 - 14:05

Most of your questions, I cannot answer, but I do have an Indycar database in development. So I made a brief abstract of the Eagle 74 cars where I have chassis ID's. That shows the following. I hope it helps you on your way to completing the info:

Eagle 74, in my (far from complete) Indy database:

1974:
7403 Patrick Racing Team Wally Dallenbach
7404 (or 7405) Oscar Olson Bobby Unser
AAR Bobby Unser
7405 (or 7404) Oscar Olson Bobby Unser
7406 Vel's Parnelli Jones Mario Andretti
7407 Jerry O' Connell Billy Vukovich (Only seen once in practice)
7409 Patrick Racing Team Gordon Johncock
7411 Unlimited Racing Lloyd Ruby (Only seen once in practice, crash)
7411? Michael Devin Lloyd Ruby (One NQ only)
7417 Leader Card Mike Mosley
Steve Krisiloff

1975:
7403 Patrick Racing Team Wally Dallenbach
7404 (or 7405) AAR Bobby Unser
7404? (or 7405) Earle M. Jorgenson Bobby Unser
7405? (or 7404) Earle M. Jorgenson Bobby Unser
7406 Vel's Parnelli Jones Mario Andretti
7407 Jerry O' Connell Mike Mosley
Bobby Unser
Al Unser
Mario Andretti
7409 Patrick Racing Team Gordon Johncock
7411 Michael Devin Sammy Sessions
Lloyd Ruby
7417 Leader Card Steve Krisiloff (One NQ only)

1976:
7403 Leader Card George Snider
Mike Hiss
7404 Earle M. Jorgenson Pancho Carter
Vern Schuppan (NQ)
7404? (or 7405) Earle M. Jorgenson Pancho Carter
Vern Schuppan
7405? (or 7404) Earle M. Jorgenson Pancho Carter
7406 Richard Routh Jan Opperman
Todd Gibson
7407 Jerry O' Connell Mike Mosley
7409 Brenda Gibson Gary Allbritain
7411 Michael Devin Arlene Hiss
Lloyd Ruby
Bobby Hillin Jan Opperman
George Snider
7417? Leader Card Tom Bigelow
Fletcher Bob Fletcher Bobby Unser

1977:
7403 Leader Card Joe Saldana
Tom Bigelow (NQ)
7403? Leader Card Johnny Parsons (DNS)
Gary Irvin
Joe Saldana
George Snider
7405 Patrick Santello Lee Kunzman
7406 Richard Routh Todd Gibson
7407 Jerry O' Connell Mike Mosley
Vern Schuppan
Pancho Carter
7411 Bobby Hillin Bubby Jones
George Snider
7417? (7403) Leader Card Tom Bigelow
Fletcher Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen

1978:
7403 Leader Card Tom Bigelow
Tom Bagley (DNS)
7404 (or 7405) Patrick Santello Larry Rice
7405 Patrick Santello Larry Rice
Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen
7407 Jim McElreath Jim McElreath
7408 Bruce Crower Chuck Gurney
7411 Wayne Woodward Billy Vukovich
Roger Rager
7417? (or 7403) Leader Card Tom Bagley
Fletcher Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen
John Mahler
Gehlhausen Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen

1979:
Fletcher Gehlhausen Spike Gehlhausen
Phil Caliva
Gehlhausen (or Fletcher) Spike Gehlhausen
Al Loquasto

1980:
7411 John Mahler Michel Jourdain
Fletcher Bill Tempero Bill Tempero
Gehlhausen Walter Medlin Tony Bettenhausen

1981:
Fletcher Jim Buick Jim Buick
Joe Hunt Phillip Krueger
Gehlhausen Walter Medlin Bubby Jones

1982:
Fletcher Joe Hunt Phillip Krueger
Dick Ferguson
Jerry Sneva (NQ/DNS)

Sorry for the formatting, but an interface that doesn't accept <tab> characters is pretty useless.
Edit: and it looked almost acceptable before I sent it, and then the post button decided to reduce some multiple spaces to single spaces again. If it is not possible to read it, please sent me a PM and I will try to send you a better version

Thanks for compiling this info. It's helpful.