Anybody know what is the oldest living american off-road race car? Is it Vic Wilson and Ted Mangels Meyers Manx buggy from the first Mexican 1000 in 1967?
You got skunked by Jonathan Ward at ICON. He bought it and as far as I know still has it - he's had it for sale in Hemmings and a few other places.I actually had negotiated a deal for Pete Condos "Brick Privy" a few years ago over the phone when it turned up on Craigslist as part of his estate. The seller called me back while I was loading the trailer and told me someone else showed up with cash and he sold it without even asking me to match the offer..... It was in pristine unrestored condition and I believe ran in the first races. Its out there somewhere and I hope it will show up again ready to race.
That's probably it! And it brings up the age-old question in determining the answer to such a question - when exactly was the first 'american' off road race?Thomas Flyer? It is in the Reno Auto Museum.
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I have to to agree with this as to what most of us consider true modern "off-road racing". Before Brian Chuchua's 4 Wheel Drive Grand Prix the racing consisted of the the desert race held at Truth or Consequences New Mexico and the obstacle course races held in the dunes on holidays at Pismo. Buttercup, Glamis. and places like that. Carl's Father Bud also raced the New Mexico races. Carl Jackson started racing his black CJ5 while he was in high school. He competed in both these types of races with it before Chuchula's races of which Carl won overall back to back. People were amazed at the Chuchula races that Carl with his 4 cylinder F head powered Jeep could beat the V-8 powered specially built racers. They overlooked 2 things. The first of course was Carl who was one of the best of the early racers and has never received as much credit as he is due. The second thing many people overlooked is his little lowly Jeep had a Corvette steering box. You can see it in the photo I am posting in front of the grille.I think the Riverside Gran Prix predates the first Mexican 1000. Carl Jackson still has his Jeep from those races and I know of at least one Bronco from that era.