Posted on: December 13, 2010
Gasoline Alley Unplugged
By: Donald Davidson
Johnny Thompson and the "Schick Razor Blade" Car
Johnny Thompson and the “Schick Razor Blade” Car
Tagged as: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy 500, Johnny Thompson, race cars, racing blog
There are 4 comments for this post.
What a fantastic looking car. We hear so much about “Ole Calhoun”, and the likes but not often to we get to learn about the lesser known cars and teams. Thank you Donald and thank you IMS for these features!
Thank You Donald! As always your pictures are worth a thousand stories, and I want to hear them all!
Some time you might mention why the outside, i.e. Right Side, of all these old Firestone Tires were grooved, while the inside half of the surface was made as a treadles ‘slick’.
To DJ: if i can offer a guess on the tire tread – i would say that as the tires used weren’t changed as often then as they are these days, and since the camber (tilt) of the tires was heavily to the drivers left, the tread was worn away, whereas the right side hardly touched pavement, except on the straight. these tires being early morning were on, only to maneuver the car from garage to race track and were changed before the race started.
Donald-Thank you! Love to see creations of the day which were not cookie cutter! Don
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