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Class 3 (and maybe a few Class 4) rigs at the 1976 WRA 300. Again, I'm hunting for photos of the blue and yellow CJ5.
 

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1977 Mint 400.
 

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1977 Colorado West 200.
 

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Not sure if this is the same vehicle, but this rig has "Barstow Bronco" painted on its cowling. These are from the 1976 SNORE 250 and the 1976 WRA 300.

Thanks for those pictures! Yes, that's the same vehicle.

Todd Z.
 

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here is a neat truck. it was built by a guy named kenny nance in torrance ca area. i responded to an add he had for it arund 85-86, but had no where near enough to buy it back in the day. todd clement ended up buying it and raced it a couple times. lost track of it in the late 80's. last i heard it was down at todd's deal in SD before it moved to baja.
it was really straight forward but nicely done for the time. it had the standard of the time rough country B mark IV shocks 3 or 4 per wheel. i've got some nice detail shots but they are all on film.
it's one truck i wished i had purchased...

when i saw it and took pictures, it was w/o the wing. that was a todd deal.
did have a nice 351 and sat on bfg muds.
 

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The New Mexico Gang

In the mid-and late-1970s, a number of New Mexico drivers were very active in off road racing. I'll post pictures of several vehicles in ensuing posts. This rig was owned and raced by Danny Deaver of Albuquerque. It wasn't super sophisticated, but she looked -- and ran -- great. I heard this was turned back into a street rig after her racing days were over.
 

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The New Mexico Gang part II

Albuquerque's H.L. Clef campaigned two different CJ5s -- first the brown one, which I don't know much about, and then the white one, which was powered by a 401. Tough on transmissions, but fast.
 

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The New Mexico Gang part III

Gary Watson of Albuquerque ran this 401-powered CJ7. Originally painted red, it wore this white livery in 1978.
 

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The New Mexico Gang part IV

My uncle, Jim Vaughan, owned and raced this CJ5 ("Baby Blue"), competing from 1976 to 1980. He and his co-driver, Keith Morgan, built and learned along the way, modifying as they went. It was 304-powered, and for '77 it got some mods to the cage and a narrowed Dana 44 for the front. For '78, it got a whole bunch of new things -- glass hood, change from double to triple shocks all the way around, MasterCraft seats, more horsepower, a soft top and doors, and a whole new paint scheme. I am eager to track down more photos of it, especially from the years it was white (we have very few action shots from that era). Any help would be greatly appreciated. The rig was stored for a good number of years after it was retired, then sold around 1988 or '89; someone was running it in mud-bog races in New Mexico a year or two after that. Current whereabouts unknown.
 

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The New Mexico Gang part V

Albuquerque car dealer Ken Johns ran a Bronco that started out red and was later painted white. That's it on the right in the first shot of my uncle buckling up for the 1977 Colorado West 200. In the next picture, Keith Morgan and Bob Maloof (my uncle's regular co-driver and another guy who rode in some races) are leaning on the Bronco in 1978 after it had been painted white. And the final shot is at the show for competitors at the Coors Off Road Championships held at Indian Springs, Colorado, later that fall. I don't know a lot about this rig except that several different drivers rolled it, leading some to think there was a flaw in the way the suspension was set up somewhere.
 

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In September 1978, International Harvester sponsored the Coors Off Road Championship in Colorado, a 100-mile race held on a closed course near Indian Springs. The day before the race, the competitors were all invited to display their rigs at Colorado Springs Equipment Co. All these Scouts were on display there; one that wasn't there was Sherman Balch's green-and-white machine that won the race the next day.
 

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My start in the sport. 1975 Run-A-Way in Oshkosh, WI in my 1971 LC Current vintage ride: Blazer
 

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here is a neat truck. it was built by a guy named kenny nance in torrance ca area. i responded to an add he had for it arund 85-86, but had no where near enough to buy it back in the day. todd clement ended up buying it and raced it a couple times. lost track of it in the late 80's. last i heard it was down at todd's deal in SD before it moved to baja.
it was really straight forward but nicely done for the time. it had the standard of the time rough country B mark IV shocks 3 or 4 per wheel. i've got some nice detail shots but they are all on film.
it's one truck i wished i had purchased...

when i saw it and took pictures, it was w/o the wing. that was a todd deal.
did have a nice 351 and sat on bfg muds.

Kenny Nance just bought his Bronco back from Todd a couple weeks ago and has plans to restore it back to how he had originally built it. I am trying to talk to him about racing it in NORRA next year
 

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Kenny Nance just bought his Bronco back from Todd a couple weeks ago and has plans to restore it back to how he had originally built it. I am trying to talk to him about racing it in NORRA next year

That's great news! I found another shot of that truck the other day that I should scan and post (when Todd owned it).

Todd Z.
 
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