Sunday, April 17, 2016

Black and gold on the dry lake of El Mirage, the Ralph Schenck streamliner. It made its debut at the May 1940 SCTA meet at Harper Dry Lake with a debut speed of 118.57 mph.

 Ralph had raced a roadster at the dry lakes in the 1930s, and in 1939 he decided to build a streamliner. He designed the body similar to the Harry Miller Golden Submarine, and built the chassis and frame while Joaquin Grosso formed the aluminum body panels.

A 183-cubic-inch Chevrolet block with an Oldsmobile head was fitted with Ford crankshaft and rods and a Winfield cam. It made its debut at Harper Dry Lake on May 19, 1940, and achieved a top speed of 118.57 mph. After many runs, the car was sold in 1945. The car’s body was damaged in the runs and was thrown away. The car itself was dismantled and the chassis and engine separated but they were both kept safe by Duane Steele.

Clipping from a Popular Mechanics, the word Screwdriver refers to the car club it was in, the Culver City Screwdrivers

The current owner (Terry Baldwin of Ventura, California) began its restoration in the 1970s, using many original plans and photographs from Schenck.

The car was shown at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in its circa 1940 configuration:

and it was at the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show, I didn't notice it, but it was in the background of a couple photos I too

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