J.A.P. midget racer Jul 14, 2010 17:56:00 GMT 1
Post by memaerobilia on Jul 14, 2010 17:56:00 GMT 1
Here is another pre-WWII J.A.P. powered racer that we restored. This was an original body, frame, engine/running gear. It is painted as "J.A.P. Special" on the request of the owner, who we restored it for. There were no markings on the body cowl, when we obtained it as a complete car that had sat in storage for many years. It MAY have come from former midget pre-war Champion Babe Bower. I seem to recall picking this car up at his Pennsylvania barn. (I Certainly remember finding all the parts of a completely dismantled RARE 1919 Curtiss C-6 aeroplane engine scattered about the dirt floor, and taking THAT home and restoring it! It is shown on my website.) Bower was one of the few early drivers to retire at the top, while he was still Champion, and before getting seriously injured (or worse) First photo shows it with a contemporary Ritter #23 Elto outboard. Ritter was a frequent winner with the 23 Elto at the famous Nutley Velodrome and other Northeastern U.S. tracks. He was very small in size (like a jockey) and the car weighed very little. To run these Eltos at the races, it was not uncommon to have a SPARE engine in the parking lot, in the trunk (boot) of his car. One person could easily carry the engine and replace it in a relatively short time. The other photos show the J.A.P.in and out of the car, during the restoration. It was Always nice working with the J.A.P.s and Eltos, because we could fit the engine into the car, by ourselves, with no help and no crane,to make brackets, mounts, couplings etc.