As far as I know, Jim Venable got out of racing because Ford pulled out. not only that, I think he was getting involved in politics (rumor I heard). As for the Hay hauler, it did have fiberglass front fenders, hood and step side fenders. The cab and the bed itself I think were steel. Gawd I'd love to get my hands on that truck....anyone know if the new owner wants to sell it?
The truck is still in the Imperial Valley. I have tried several times to purchase it but the owner has plans to put it back together someday?!? It is currently in a "basket case" state, but what a fun pre-runner it would be.
I believe that was Weirnemonts work(sp). Jim raced class 5 for a long time before he got the truck. Built the thing too fast and finally had to put a real fast driver in it. Changed much of the Offroad Racing world when he did. He is a County Supervisor here in Riverside County. They are just finishing up the Jim Venable Community Center and Gymnasium here next to my Fire Station. Funny thing is, he doesn't represent this area anymore, they re-wrote the district lines! He is a nice guy and has been involved with my Fire Departments Air Operations in the past. His Company also did much of the conversion work on the C-130's for firefighting a few years back. Timing took him out of racing. Not just the loss of the ford money, but the lawsuit filed by a scam artist trying get something for nothing about the same time crimped his capital and he had to protect assets and that meant letting the racing laguish until the suit was finished. He won, but the race trucks and shop were gone by then.
If I remember right, didn't Vince Collins (from Hemet) have some seat time in the Venable truck before he put the BIG NAME racers in there? I knew some of the Venables and Vince back in the day, but I'm getting old and the memory just doesn't work as good as it used to.
Pete S.-BOYD RACING
jon nelson built it, gilbert originally drove it, then john gable drove it at baja 500 and i think once more, then robby changed everything with our sport when he debuted in a truck at the 1000. russ later prepped it and tuned on it, got it robby proofed.
Did any body attend the sale Venable had at his shop when he was selling everything? It was pretty cool, the trophy truck was ther as well as the Ortho sponsered short course truck.Everything was for sale from the bolt bins full of stuff to machines in the shop.i remember somebody opening a print drawer full of stickers and asked if they were for sale,yeah i guess .50 a piece.I must of spent 50 dollars on stickers alone.
JIM BY FAR WAS ONE OF THE NICEST PEOPLE IN THE SPORT.SHANE ROBINSON AND I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIM AROUND 94 OR 95.THEY WHERE TESTING THE SUPER LOW TT AT THE TIME BUT HE WOULD NOT LET US SEE IT.WE WENT THERE TO DROP OFF SOME CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM LARRY AT TRAILER PRODUCTS,ANOTHER SUPER NICE GUY.THE SHOPS WHERE FULL LITERALLY TO THE TOP WITH TIRES AND FIBERGLASS.WE ASKED TO BUY SOME STUFF AND ENDED UP COMING OUT WITH ABOUT TEN THOUSAND BUCKS WORTH OF STUFF ONLY TO HAVE HIM SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND NOT TAKE ANY MONEY FROM US.
Jim- do you still have the Rambler? One of my Co-Drivers has been a Rambler Freak since High School and wanted to build his 4 door up into a Class 6 car back in the '80's. Any other pics? He would be stoked to see it.