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The “Indy Speedster” was a project started 20+ years before its completion by famed fabricator and sprint car driver Jackie Howerton. Obviously, there is a heavy influence from the Indianapolis racecars of the ‘50s and this car was to be a hot rod version of those Jackie loved. As things happen, time, money and other priorities get in the way and it’s time to move on, unfortunately.
In steps, Bill Lindig from Houston, Texas, opted to purchase and finish the car. Pete Chapouris and the crew at SO-Cal Speed Shop were just the guys to complete Jackie’s vision along with the details Bill had in mind. The body is all hand-hammered aluminum on a tubular chromoly chassis with some ‘27 Ford chassis parts included. An Art Chrisman-built small block Ford powers through a T-5 transmission and a Halibrand quick change, which makes the original magnesium Indy wheels go around. The partially-painted body by Mick Jenkins, the sparse interior by Gabe Lopez and all the incredible detail work by “Moose” Hutchinson, Ryan Reed, Evin Veazie, Justin Veazie, Robin Silk and countless other craftsmen, in addition to Shine, made the idea come to life.
In 2012, the car won the coveted title of “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” at the Grand National Roadster Show.