1960 Meskowski Race Car

Summary

Between 1960 and 1963 the great A.J. Foyt won 13 of the 26 races he drove in this car. Wally Meskowski built the car to run on the one-mile dirt-surfaced ovals. Dirt track racing began when people raced horseless carriages on dirt horse tracks at the end of the 19th century. From the early 1930s to 1970 the top tier of American open wheel racing, known as Championship racing, was conducted primarily on one-mile dirt ovals. The great 2.5 mile paved oval at Indianapolis was more famous, but most races were contested on the dirt. In the 1950s and 1960s some of the dirt ovals were paved. In the 1960s European-inspired rear engined cars and road racing tracks became part of the Championship scene and the dirt tracks began to recede in importance. 1970 was the last year in which dirt track races counted toward the national championship. Engine: Meyer and Drake "Offenhauser" inline 4-cylinder, double overhead camshaft, 255 cu. in., 400 hp

Between 1960 and 1963 the great A.J. Foyt won 13 of the 26 races he drove in this car. Wally Meskowski built the car to run on the one-mile dirt-surfaced ovals. Dirt track racing began when people raced horseless carriages on dirt horse tracks at the end of the 19th century. From the early 1930s to 1970 the top tier of American open wheel racing, known as Championship racing, was conducted primarily on one-mile dirt ovals. The great 2.5 mile paved oval at Indianapolis was more famous, but most races were contested on the dirt. In the 1950s and 1960s some of the dirt ovals were paved. In the 1960s European-inspired rear engined cars and road racing tracks became part of the Championship scene and the dirt tracks began to recede in importance. 1970 was the last year in which dirt track races counted toward the national championship. Engine: Meyer and Drake "Offenhauser" inline 4-cylinder, double overhead camshaft, 255 cu. in., 400 hp

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1960

Creators

Bowes Seal Fast, LLC 

Jeffries, Dean, 1933- 

Meskowski, Wally (Walter), 1915-1980 

Place of Creation

United States, Indiana, Indianapolis 

Creator Notes

Car was built by Wally Meskowski of Indianapolis, Indiana for Bowes Seal Fast team, Indianapolis, Indiana. Paint scheme was devised by Dean Jeffries.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2008.101.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Aluminum
Steel
Rubber (Material)
Leather
Plexiglas (TM)

Technique

Handmade

Color

White (Color)
Red
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 51 in

Width: 60 in  (Front Track)

Length: 161 in

Weight: 1895 lbs

Inscriptions

On front nose: 1 On left and right side of hood: BOWES / SEAL / FAST On right side near cockpit: [cartoon of hands on steering wheel] A. J. Foyt / [cartoon of wrench] Geo. Bignotti Decal, on left near cockpit: EQUIPPED / WITH / PERFECT / CIRCLE / PISTON RINGS On back left and right: 1

Specifications

Make & Model: 1960 Meskowski oval track racing

Maker: Wally Meskowski, Indianapolis, Indiana

Engine: Meyer and Drake "Offenhauser" inline-4, double overhead cams, 255 cubic inches

Transmission: 2-speed manual

Height: 51 inches

Width: 60 inches

Wheelbase: 96 inches

Overall length: 161 inches

Weight: 1895 pounds

Horsepower: 400 at 6000 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 4.7

Competition History: Winner of 13 100-mile championship races, 1960–63, all driven by A.J. Foyt. Won at DuQuoin, Illinois (three times); Langhorne, Pennsylvania (three times); Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis (twice); Sacramento, California (twice); Trenton, New Jersey (twice); and Phoenix, Arizona.

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