cncdoc Posted May 8, 2004 Share Posted May 8, 2004 I was raised in Indianapolis Indiana and lived close to the Indy 500 track in Speedway. As a matter of fact, my address WAS Speedway Indiana. You can't beathe the air in May without smelling "The Race" in that part of the country! It's that time of the year again and from Florida, I can still smell it! I have to look back though, on the early 60's through the mid 70's at Indy when a less "corporate" feel dominated the track and the race car owners and drivers. Nowadays, the cars are worth millions and the driver hasn't seen the cars till practice! If it gets wrecked, they have a half dozen others to take it's place. Twas not always thus... Do you remember when: Jim Hurtibuse drove his "Mallard" with the Offy engine, a hollowed out nose cone with a cooler inside, (with beer in it, chillin')? They had a turbine that blew the snot out of the recip engines? Car drivers actually built their cars? Someone drove a car with a "Novi" engine? If you remember the above you are at least 40 years old... What's this got to do with building a Cozy? Well, back when they allowed it, an average Joe could build a car and enter it into the race. If they didn't have a lot of money and they mortgaged their house or something to finish the car in time for the race, they barely made it. The driver/owner drove his heart out to qualify, and then it was driver against driver and car against car. It was more exciting and personal. A victory was more than just winning a race. Every year, one of these underfinanced entries was dubbed "Indy on a shoestring" It was all they could afford to just get the car into the race. No frills. This doesn't mean that the car was poorer quality than the few corporate sponsored cars, in fact, many mechanics and car designers were given jobs as crew chiefs etc. later as a result of their work and reputation. So how about you? Are you drooling over a "glass panel" ? JD's retractable gear is what you crave, but your wallet is slammed shut on the idea? Does even the electric nose wheel seems a little steep, but the hand crank idea has been been put down so much, you think it may be inferior? I know it seems like some can just order away when the time comes, but some of us have to wait till the cash comes in. There should be a section called "Worth the money" for those of us without unlimited resources who don't want an inferior craft. So how about it? "Cozy on a shoestring"?? Man holding sign at exit ramp " Will work for Cozy avionics" Quote Back to building... #618 Cozy MK IV My Cozy web pages, courtesy: Rick Maddy... WN9G Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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