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1970 Kuzma/Offy ...2019 Vintage Indy Registry™️ Registered Car

1970 Kuzma/Offy ...2019 Vintage Indy Registry™️ Registered Car
This stunning 1970 Kuzma/Offy was constructed by famed car builder Eddie Kuzma (1911-1996). The Oregon native, whose shop was Los Angeles based, is considered one of the top five Indy roadster builders of all time. The stellar group of five, along with Kuzma, consisted of Quincy David “Quin” Epperly, Frank Kurtis, Lujie Lesvosky and AJ Watson. A Kuzma built car carried a young Troy Ruttman to an Indy win in 1952. Making the transition to rear engined cars in the 1960s, Eddie was regarded as a master fabricator. AJ Foyt was a close friend, and uponhearing of Eddie’s death said, “The man was an artist and craftsman.” Foyt also said, “Most of the really good craftsmen in racing owe some of their skills to Eddie.” The car is believed to have been delivered new to noted Indy car owner Lindsey Hopkins in 1970. There, it served as a #6 backup car for his Sprite sponsored team of Wally Dallenbach
and Mel Kenyon. The car, with Ford power, was then used throughout the 1971 season with Roger McCluskey, who was added as a third driver to Hopkins’ Sprite team. McCluskey qualified the Kuzma/turbo Ford at 171.24 mph at Indianapolis in ’71, for a 22nd place starting position on the inside of row eight, from which he finished the 500 in 9th position. Among other notable finishes with the car during the 1971 Marlboro USAC Championship Trail, was an 18thon July 3rd in the inaugural Pocono 500, a 3rd at Michigan on July 18th, and an 18th atTrenton, New Jersey on October 3rd. Perhaps most important, was that with a change to Offy power, combined with an earlier addition of front & rear wings, a remarkable 2nd place finish was produced, behind race winner AJ Foyt at the season closing Phoenix race on October 23,1971. Roger and the Kuzma/Offy finished 13th in the 1971 USAC point standings for owner Lindsey Hopkins. In 1972 the dawn of big wings and massive speed jumps found the Kuzma/Offy back in action
with owner Lindsey Hopkins, driver Roger McCluskey and new team sponsor, American Marine Underwriters. In #14 livery, McCluskey would use the Kuzma/Offy for four races on the 1972 schedule, along with the team’s new radical Antares/Offy and an ex-Peter Revson M16A works McLaren/Offy. The Kuzma/Offy was used for the 1972 USAC Championship season opener at Phoenix, where it finished 7th, a 2nd place finish at Trenton in April, behind race winner Gary Bettenhausen in a Penske McLaren/Offy, a 7th in June at Milwaukee’s State Fair Park Mile, anda 19th again at the Milwaukee Mile’s Sate Fair date in August. The Kuzma/Offy helped McCluskey to garner enough points to rank third in USAC Championshippoints for the 1972 season. The beautifully restored 1970 Kuzma/Offy now resides in the St Louis area. The car has been
brought back to its American Marine Underwriters #14 livery, and features a fresh turbo Offy built by the late AJ Watson & Grant King, along with a Weisman 4 speed gearbox.
Car may be viewed by appointment at Grant King Shops Indianapolis.
Contact Stephene +1 (317) 979-3227

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