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 Posted: Wednesday Apr 28th, 2010 10:29 PM
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Jerry Day has finished restoring the Opperman/Day designed 1976 Ram Sprint Car, and it should show up at a few Golden Wheels/West Coast Vintage race events sometime this year.

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I took this picture at Sky Valley a few years ago! Same Car??

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 Posted: Wednesday Apr 28th, 2010 11:08 PM
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Not sure that is same car. Sure looks like it. Guess J Day could clear it all up for us though, huh. Here's the info sign that was with the car.

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Sweet looking car with a lot of history!  Hope to see it up close somewhere this season!



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Jerry used to live life in the Fast Lane. This is where he runs now.

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Atthetrack wrote:
I took this picture at Sky Valley a few years ago! Same Car??


Sky Valley closed after the 1977 season, wish it was only a few years ago then I wouldn't be so friggin old.:D;):?

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Another Ram shot at Sky

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Battling with Quick Nick Rescino

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WOW! Does it get any cooler then this?



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I must have been very young when I took the pictures at Sky Valley:D

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a couple more sky pics

Old DW

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Atthetrack wrote: I must have been very young when I took the pictures at Sky Valley:D

Jimmy Boyd......not sure of the year.



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Thanks for posting the Pictures, The black car ran in 1976 at the Radio123 Open show with Jan driving. We ran well but I think Roger Rager won it. could someone find the results? .. I ran it thru the summer and Jan was supposed to be back to run the fall open shows in Calif. and Arizona. Unfortunately Jan was almost fatally injured in the Hoosier 100 on Sept. 11. I didn't feel like I was in the zone to win the Gold Cup at Capitol speedway that year so had Bobby Marshall come out from Texas to drive. We damn near won it. Finished 3rd in a blanket finish. Vanconnet, Sammy and us.. What a show !!. I sold that car the end of season and built a new one for77  ( same design and #2 of 12 ) Thats the silver car. I ran a few shows here but mostly in California. I got more $$ to show up there than a clean sweep would pay here!. I made a slight error at Calistoga in early june and was laid up with a broken shoulder for a bit so Had Dub May come out from PA. to run the car in the WoO / Dirt Cup at Sky Valley and Skagit. That the picture with me in front of the car.  Dub not only won but I think he lapped the field. I think about 5 of these cars went to California..... I could go on forever but dont like to type  Wish I knew how to post pictures here. I have lots of good stuff  Check out Golden Wheels Web site for our schedule and come see it run!   RAM

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Jerry........ you and many others like you are a treasure of N/W Motor sports. Thank you for all you did and do to this day. All of you are very much appreciated by many more then you realize. :cool:



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rickt wrote: Jerry........ you and many others like you are a treasure of N/W Motor sports. Thank you for all you did and do to this day. All of you are very much appreciated by many more then you realize. :cool:
I echo that Rick. I can't imagine how many people would absolutely love to be able to see what Jerry has in photo's.......I know I certainly would. Somebody needs to get with him and take the time to help him post some stuff. If I can figure out so can he. Once you do it a few times it's repetitious from there. Jerry.....if you are interested in sharing your stuff, holler at me please. I would be more than happy to help.



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Bobby Marshall in the black car at West Capital in 1976

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doublediamond wrote: a couple more sky pics

Old DW

The name on the wing.....Bill Grader.....if I remember correctly was more known for building motors for race boats. He built an inline 6 for Pete Ridge and Gene Guptill back in the 60's for a car they called the Fox Special....Ray Fox was a major sponsor at the time. Gene and crew went up to Skagit and ran the car for their championship event and won coming out of 4 on the last lap. That motor just screamed...I can still hear it....lol.



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The vintage cars will be at Stateline Raceway in Idaho on the 8th of May.

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Another shot of the #76 at Skagit. 1978 I think.

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Atthetrack wrote: I must have been very young when I took the pictures at Sky Valley:D
Here's another shot of Boyd in the #21. Dash at Skagit in 78 I think. Wolfgang in 4x Mike Wasina in #7w and Rick Ferkel in the #0.

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This car has to be "Priceless" Gotta wonder what it would go for on the Barrett/Jackson Auction block. lol

 

Good Work, Jerry

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I used to sit next to Bill Grader up at Old Sky Valley. He owned the chain of 'Bill's Auto Part Stores' that were popular around Snohomish County during the 70's & 80's. His parts stores also had machine shops which were bought out I believe by Action Auto Parts now. A very quiet man but even to a young kid, he would tell me stories of the time Jim Raper lost his mind at Skagit because Bill took the trophy girl for a ride in one of Bill's cars that was being used that night and barely made it back in time for the end of the mains. Bill was a great friend of Jimmie Collier, loved playing pool and was a great engine man as I remember seeing him in his white doctor looking coat with a stethescope listing to Dick Wilskey engine at Skagit for a problem. Last I saw Bill was at Jimmies funeral.

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Surprised I haven't seen anything about it on here or maybe I just missed it but, Jerry had a terrible accident while testing that car at Stateline Speedway and is in the hospital. From what I was told he went out to fire the car and warm the engine, after a couple laps the car took off full throtle off the end of the track and flipped. At first the thought was the throttle stuck although after looking over the car, it appears to be ok. Another thought was something happened to him (seizure, stroke, blackout ???). Last I heard, he was in ICU at the hospital in Idaho. He could use all of our thoughts and prayers.

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Heard the same thing from Mike Evans at Skagit Saturday night. How about some more firm updates from the Golden Wheels fellows if you have any?

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I guess nobody wants to do this because Jerry is just a great person but there are probably a bunch of Jerry fans out tere that would like to know.
I was infield taking pictures when it happened and from my point of view this is what happened.

Jerry was warming up the car, first time out and all that, and had no intention of hot lapping, I would say he was maybe doing 35, 40 mph. He putted around for a few laps and got to turn one and blipped the throttle so I thought he was kicking it out of gear to come into the pits. Instead the car just drove off the track, still no biggie as I figured he would pull back onto the track and enter the pits. Then all of a sudden the car was full throttle and heading for the dirt birm outside the turn and shot up the birm and was probably about fourteen feet in the air going over the birm, never even touced the top of it. What happened after that I could not see but they say he flipped and landed back on his wheels and was stopped by the cyclone fence around the property.

Jerry apparently has brocken ribs, a punctured lung and some cracked disks in his neck, have not heard anything else for a while. So yes he does need good thoughts and prayers and there might be other ways to help put together later down the road.

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Just got word that they removed Jerry's breathing tube tuesday and he is able to get around some, bathroom trip etc. He is carrying on conversations but only remembers going to the track, not what happened after he got there.
Anyway you look at it there will be a lot of rehab when he returns home, still in Idaho do not know when he will be home.

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Thanks Chuck, I have known Jerry for too many years to count.  I did not know what to think when the boards went quiet.  There may be more racers on the vintage board waiting for news of Jerry's condition.   In my prayers,    AL



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In the interest of safety I have something to say and do not know where to post it. We are all hoping and praying for a full recovery in Jerry’s situation. As this proves, racing is a dangerous sport even to the well seasoned veterans.

 

Chuck’s description of his situation reminded me some things that have happened to me and things that I have seen happen at the race track. I by know means what anyone to think this is the case here but people new to the sport need to be aware that when an engine is leaned out, it can rev to almost full RPM.

 

The first time it happened to me was at Irwindale with the champ car. The Silver Crown cars are required to have a starter. We started the car to get heat into the engine and while it sat there idling the engine started a revving up cycle; up and then down, up and then down. No one was in the car. I looked at my son standing on the other side of the car and wondered what he was doing. He was as perplexed as I was and then the revs went almost full up before we could kill the engine.

 

I believe I saw this same thing at Elma when a car came into the pits after shutting off the fuel valve the engine mysteriously revved up and increased the car speed. Lean revving is a scary thing so to the new and old, just be aware that it can happen. The fuel is not as quick as the kill switch.

 

If anyone has any other safety tips I would like to hear them.

 

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