Post by jon on Aug 11, 2015 21:25:58 GMT 1
Hi, New to this site and at this stage finding it a bit hard to work out how to get the most from it I came across this site when I did a Google search on Fireball Midget cars. Anyway a few things. When the first Fireball car was conceved it was not just Frank Boyles. It was also a friend of his called Ron who had the idea. They built the first car, Ron who was a F1 mechanic at the time but working on this project out of the F1 season was the first to drive it. It was sugested to Frank that they take it in turns but Frank who had not raced before was not really interested in driving. When Ron went back to F1 Frank who was then the main driver won the champianship. There Fireball car was aparantly seen as one of the best looking cars as some were only wood frame with oil skin covering and looked quite a mess. The brocher of the early Fireball car shown on this site is the series 1 though they did add some extra protection rails. Aparantly the wheels on the car on the brocher are reversed and the rear ones were banded to make them wider. The front radiator used the main chassis to take water to the engine with a T welded in and then out at the back to keep it neat. Seems a good idea Ron had the original moulds made for the first Fireball car but is not sure how many fibreglass car sections were made to make cars up. He has now passed these original molds to me. I have the compleat back section and the front section. The cockpit sides were just alloy. Ron is still a petrol head even though now well into his 80's. He still would like to build a special hill climb car that will utilize a back body section that I am intending to have moulded for him from the moulds. He wants though to use a modern 750cc air cooled engine from a motorbike not a Mini engine like in the original. Hopefully he gets it done. My other friend makes Porsche speedster replicas and does fibreglass bodys. If anyone is interested in having early Fireball midget panels made please let me know. The back is a great shape and can take a Mini size engine and there was also some indents in the original that could be opened for air cooling. If anyone knows Frank, say hello to him from his old mate Ron.