Panzer

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Here it is in 93'. Funco'ish but the aluminum beam clamps have "Panzer " on them.
 

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The cast aluminum front clamps that said Panzer were used by several manufacturers back then. Holbrecht (sp) was an aftermarket 4x4 parts manufacturer that did bed bars, bumper overbars, etc... I think many home brewed cars started with bought clamps and built from there for a straight reference point going back. The fiberglass looks like Hi-jumper, but the cage looks like a Chenowth Wedge. There was a guy up in the bay area named Robert Johnson who built cars that looked like this that raced 1/2-1600 in VORRA back then. Don't know if he is related to the current Robert Johnson who races the 11 car that lives in the Sierra Foothills or not. I don't think it is the same guy as he isn't that old.
 

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Funny, I was just talking to someone about this the other day. My dad raced a Panzer buggy back in the day (1975-ish). What are your plans for it? I might be interested in it if you were thinking about selling it.
 

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Bro_Gill, Thanks for the info! I bought this car in 1993 and raced it a few times but didnt get much history at the time. I traded the car about 15 years ago to Tom in Landers. A few years ago the car was stolen by a tweaker and cut into pieces but was recovered. I ended up with most of the pieces and plan on building a new frame.
 

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Rory, you crack me up! I read the first couple of posts and your interest and I was like "dang, he doesn't even have the current project wrapped up and he is already gunning for the next"

And then when the reality sets in.... your tune changed quickly.

Thanks for the chuckle.
 

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JD, I was looking at the original pic and I'm not sure how many chassis' Pazer produced but from what Butch Dean told me it wasn't that many. Butch told me M&L Metals was the company that made them and stopped around 1980-ish. My dad had one and raced the 1976 Casino 300 (Laughlin) and between he and his co-driver they rolled the car 3 different times. The cockpit area of my dads car looks to be a lot wider than the one you have pictured, not sure if that was an early change or a late change......or a different car altogether. Alot of the older cars looked the same back then....Funco SSI, Hi Jumper, Panzer and a few more. Good luck with the build buddy.

Dads ride in 1976....

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