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From the camera of Alex Tremulis...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to our resident Auburn Motor Sales Historian. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now for something completely different:

This car is supposed to be based on a Cord L29, built in 1936 for a land speed record attempt at breaking Ab Jenkin's records. Originally called the Golden Eagle, then used in a Jimmy Stewart movie, Speed in 1936. Then used as an attraction at the Thunderbowl Speedway in Carpinteria, CA until around 1956. Then, evidently as an attraction for the Village Inn (try their salad bar) in Missouri, until these photos.

Around 1970, these pics are from Acton, CA at a western attraction off of Highway 14. That's Alex Tremulis behind the wheel, then with Pete Politis, Alex's brother-in-law and Gyronaut pit crew member, looking at the engine, and I think that's Strother MacMinn in the side shot.

Anyone know anything more or where this ex-L29 is today???









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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks more like Randy Ema but I could be wrong, you know their faces better than I.

What an indignity for that poor thing (and if the salad bar is the best thing at the Village Inn, it doesn't speak much for the Village Inn). I wonder what the enclosure was supposed to prevent, since the car could be rolled out either end by a thief.

Has a little Malcolm Campbell Bluebird, a little Barney Oldfield's Golden Rocket, and a little Pontiac Club de Mer, all thrown into one.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris Summers wrote:
Looks more like Randy Ema but I could be wrong, you know their faces better than I.


I don't know, but a closer look is warranted...

It's possible this is from the mid to late '70's.

I think the structure was for the protective tarp
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is cool.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Golden Eagle as seen in Popular Mechanics in September 1941 <CLICK HERE> -- hopefully the link works......
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I can tell, it was actually built for the movie "Speed" and not for an LSR attempt. If you think about it, would a L29 chassis/wheels be a good platform for 200mph? I have seen a reference to it being broken up for the l29 parts but also perhaps not.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are several reasons I always have a hard time believing a L-29 would make a good race car. Transmission gearing, Differential gearing CV joints, inboard braking and weight, to name a few. But I love driving mine and the design, the design, the design, what more can I say.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow you guys sure have fun guessing this car is strictly a movie prop car and is in Ariz now awaiting restoration. Randy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope during restoration they get that family of groundhogs out of it (or is that how it was powered for the movie?).

Anyone recognize anything familiar (under the hood)???



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have any interior shots?

Randy, which incarnation is it being restored to?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The engine looks all L-29 Cord, although the radiator inlet is in the wrong position. It looks as though the top tank has been altered to lower the hood line.
CORDially Mike
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:33 am    Post subject: L-29 Reply with quote

Everything under the hood Looks L-29
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