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1956 Plymouth Belvedere
The Plymouth 1955-1960 : The "Forward Look" Years Detailed

1962 Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac 1959-1962: From Wide Track Performance to the Grand Prix

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser 4-door
Mercury 1954-1958: Growing from
an Upscale Ford to a Baby Lincoln

1958 Cadillac Series 60 Special
Cadillac 1954-1958 - Showing it
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GHOST TRACKS -
Revisiting Indiana's Armscamp Speedway


Armscamp Speedwayn

Once a jewel of a facility, the Armscamp Speedway is no more

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Vic & Becky Seward's 1940 Ford Pickup!

By Society Staff - Reprint with permission only.

Sometimes you are rewarded by more than just eye catching paint. Such was the case with Vic & Becky Seward’s 1940 ford Pick-up. No Limits was stopped in our tracks when we came upon this fantastic pick up painted in 2002 Chevrolet Extreme Space Blue.

It jumped out in the sun and said .. “Check me out”. So we did and got a whole lot more than we anticipated. Vic got this truck in 1997 and finished it in 2002. During that 5 year span, he customized and added details that knock your socks off.

We’ll start with the drive train. The frame has a Mustang II front suspension and a Ford 9” rear with 3.83:1 gears. Disc brakes on all 4 corners help stop this beauty. The frame cradles a small block Chevy 350 mated to a TH350 and rides on 17” wheels all around.

Now let’s look at that gorgeous blue body. The top of the cab has been chopped 2” and looks “just right”. Now the details begin to be seen. At the front, the truck sports ’41 Ford headlamps (they have the marker lights on the bezel) and ‘41 Ford hood trim. This trim closes the gap between the hood and grill and with a small custom made insert finish off the front cleanly.

Going down the side, the doors are keyless and Vic has made custom metal running boards that cover the side mounted spare tire well for a super clean look.

For tail lights, Vic adapted Honda Accord rear speaker grills for tail and brake lights. These are molded into the rear of the cab below the window. Super trick !

The bed itself is a beautiful polished wood and stainless piece that is covered by an aluminum bed topper. When closed, the bed topper continues the flawless lines of the truck. Under that bed is a 20 gal. stainless steel gas tank.

Another amazing detail that Vic developed is the use of GM seat belt buckles for latches to hold the tailgate closed. Super cool and somehow fitting given all the details in this truck.

Read the rest of the story HERE,



Those are Honda Accord speaker grills that are now tail & brake lights!



The interior is as trick as the rest of the truck - note the period looking gauges and the chrome A/C outlets.


Story Courtesy of The Stephen Cox Blog
Reprint with permission only.

“No Trespassing” signs were everywhere. I had taken a wonderful 90-minute ride on my Triumph Bonneville to see the old race track and I didn't want to go home empty-handed. It took half an hour to find someone who assured me that I could take a few quick photos of the former Armscamp Speedway in Alexandria, Indiana..

There's not much left. The south concrete wall still stands, marking the asphalt track's fast main straightaway. The smaller infield track, which circles inside the quarter mile main facility, is easier to make out. Half-century old trees have grown up and through everything, including the old track surface itself.

Built in 1941, Armscamp Speedway was at its zenith in the 1950's under the watchful eye of owner Paul Karnes, universally known as “Whitey.” If you could travel back in time and attend an average night at Armscamp Speedway, there is absolutely nothing that you would not recognize. You would feel right at home.

You could watch races on Friday or Sunday nights. Occasionally a special double feature would be held with a complete midget show running Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm, followed by a “hardtopper” show at 8:30 pm the same evening for stock cars. For a dollar you could watch them both (about $6.50 in today's devalued currency).

The entire nightly routine would feel familiar to a modern short track fan. See if there's anything here you recognize . . .

Qualifying, or “time trials' as they were then known, began an hour before the first race. If you could run the quarter-mile bullring in about 17.5 seconds, you were among the fastest cars. Fifty or more “hardtops” would enter the event, divided up into a trophy dash and four 10-lap heat races. The faster cars advanced into one of two 15-lap “semifinals,” with the fastest semifinal cars transferring to a 25-lap feature event.

Amateur racers competed in “pleasure cars,” sort of an early version of street stocks. All other drivers were listed as professionals if their class paid a purse. The fact that most of them held day jobs mattered not. If you got paid, you were a professional racing driver. Just like today, a handful of the fastest open wheel touring pros could make a decent living by racing full time.

When Bob Breading of Indianapolis won the first of his three eventual Consolidated Midget Racing Association titles in 1946, his earnings for the year totaled $14,000. He would spend more than half of that on travel and car maintenance, but six or seven thousand dollars was an upper middle class living in 1946 when the average US annual salary was barely $2,600. Special events paid more. A $2,000 total purse for a special main event was a big payday in the early 1950's, and a common sum for special touring series events or 100-lap championship features.

Does all this still sound familiar? Drivers and officials at Armscamp Speedway argued over fairness and budgets just like today . . .

To read the rest of this story - click HERE.

Armscamp Grandstands

This was the grandstands during the speedway's heyday. For the time, that was a lot of stands.

Bill Holloway after winning at Armscamp

Bill Holloway after winning at Armscamp in 1951. Holloway was a 29-year-old from Muncie who built his own cars.

Little remains of the speedway

The same opening in the fence and square cutout in the wall are still visible, see the photo above.


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Craig Sparkes: Editor, writer, Bob Gerometta: writer, publisher; Kurt Shubert, reporter, writer; John Winn: reporter, graphics.


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