Soap Box Derby Hartford, CT Champion (1961)

Soap Box Derby Hartford, CT Champion (1961)

Bill Wrigley
A Soap Box Derby racer built and piloted by Robert J. Pusateri of Norwich, Connecticut. Robert won the local championship in Hartford in 1961, which qualified him to compete at the All-American Nationals in Akron that year, competing in the final heat of the first round, #51, of the day. His design was a combination of a wedge-shaped prow with square shoulders and a tapered aft that was more curvilinear. Construction material included dimensional lumber, plywood, and wood lath over frames. It was a snug and narrow racer with a low profile and a slightly cleft foredeck, which was common in many winning racers of the day. Information on Robert's race was acquired via Newspapers.com - The Akron Beacon Journal, Sunday, August 21, 1963, pg. 11 - "Heat-By-Heat" race results This model is created from one black and white photograph showing the racer from the right rear quarter. It shows how the car looked when it raced in Akron. The All-American Championship wheels fitted to it are identified by the 1961 decals, and painted blue. The wheel set is number 155, as seen in the photo used in researching this model. The interior workings i.e. steering and brakes are highly detailed, and estimated. The steering wheel is Derby issue. The livery shows the driver's sponsor, The Hartford Times and the car's entry number in Akron. Dimensions (estimated) Overall length - 75 1/2" Overall width - 34 1/2" Wheelbase - 63" Body width - 11" Ground clearance - 3 5/8" Cockpit opening length - 20" #AASBD #Akron #All_American #Bill_Wrigley #boîte_à_savon #caisse_à_savon #gravity_racer #Hartford #seifenkiste #Soap_Box_Derby #ソープボックス
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