By: John Snowberger
Son of Famed Indy 500 Great
"Russ Snowberger"

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The 1958 Sumar Special

Chapman Root and co-owner Don Smith of Terre Haute Indiana used their wives first names (Sue and Mary) to come up with the name "Sumar." Their driver was the very popular Pat O'Conner who in 1957 won the coveted pole position for the Indianapolis 500. For 1958 O'Conner was once again back in the same Sumar Special out to win the 500. Unfortunately, one of the biggest wrecks in speedway history occurred before the opening first lap was completed, claiming the life of Pat O'Conner.

The 1950's era at Indianapolis had some very unique race car styling. The Sumar Special, a Kurtis Kraft G-2 series looked like it was running a 100 mph just sitting still. The body was so low slung that the hood had to be domed to accommodate the 255 offy engine. A special cockpit protection panel was installed to keep O'Conner's arm away from the right rear tire.

Only an ill fated destiny kept this masterpiece and its driver from realizing its full potential.

Call for pricing. A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your order. Upon receipt of deposit, an estimated build date and serial number will be issued. When your car is completed, the balance due is to be paid in full prior to shipment. Make checks payable to John Snowberger. Mail order with check or money order to:
John Snowberger
P.O. Box 94
Fraser, MI 48026
(Michigan residents add 6% sales tax.)

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