Car:  INDIANAPOLIS 500 ROADSTER
Maker:  CORNIS ENGINEERING SPECIAL
Year:  1959
Engine :250 cubic inch lay flat Offenhauser, 16.5:1 Compression on methanol, Hilborn fuel injection

 

The classic Indy roadster might well be America’s most beloved race car. The roadster era spanned between the 1952 until 1966, the design takes the upright engine layout of the earlier short track speedway cars and sets components as flat and low as possible to ensure a low centre of gravity and superior aerodynamics for the speedways

The car was built by Ted Cornis of San Bernardino, CA, for his friend Bob Cortner. Bob, a resident of Redlands, California, was active on the midget car racing circuit, with a career spanning ten years. He was the outdoor champion of the Bay Cities Racing Association in 1957 and was inducted into the association's hall of fame in 2007.

Cortner was killed at Indy May 19, 1959, the day after he passed his rookie test, when his car got caught by a gust of wind hitting the wall in the short chute between 3 & 4. Cornis left Indy heartbroken, and the damaged car remained in his shop for years until his passing. The car was restored by Lynn Paxton. It was brought to New Zealand in 2011.

Information Kevin Triplett:  (9-7-07),