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More From The 1967 4WD Grand Prix at Riverside, CA - Vintage Vault

Posted in Features on August 8, 2014 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Eric Rickman

Water Crossing
In the past, we showed you pictures of racers stuck and being recovered during Brian Chuchua’s 1967 4WD Grand Prix at Riverside, California, as shot by Eric Rickman for Hot Rod magazine (“Vintage Vault,” Jan. ’14). Luckily for us and for you, there are several more pictures taken during this event, packed with even more action. We don’t know too much about the pictures or the event, but they are fun to look at nonetheless. Here is Larry Minor in old number 69, a Valley Motors early CJ-5 from Hemet, California. The Jeep sports a V-6, fenderwell headers, and side pipes. Larry is hitting water at one of the events many water crossings at speed. Go, Larry, go!

M151 at Lift Off
In this photo by Eric Rickman, an unknown driver assaults the riverbank in an M151. These independent-coil-suspended Jeeps are relatively lightweight and are also known as MUTTs. Is it a Jeep? Well, technically, it is. Either way, it’s a cool shot with mud and sand slinging and the driver using every bit of the 65 to 70 hp from the MUTT’s four-cylinder. Obvious modifications are the rollbar, Valvoline sticker, and taped-off headlights.

Cross-Eyed Flattie Part 1
This cross-eyed flattie kept showing up in the images from the event that we were perusing. In this photo (right) by Eric Rickman, the flattie takes off from the starting line racing some strange modified four-wheel-drive sports car. A closer look at the flattie shows some sort of steering conversion with strange bracing on the front bumper, cut-implement tires on widened wheels, custom shackles, and fenderwell headers.

Cross-Eyed Flattie Part 2
Here is another shot (left) of the cross-eyed flattie on course. A closer look seems to suggest that this flattie is actually an M38. You can see the tool indents on the passenger side tailgate opening (both of which would have been present on an early ’45-’46 CJ-2A), but the clincher is the M38’s cowl-mounted battery box. We can also see more of the fenderwell headers and some seriously beat-up front wheels. The racing number is 18 and D. A. Cams is painted on the hood.

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