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Vintage Race Truck to Take on the NORRA Mexican 1000 - Frank “Scoop” Vessels 1972 Ford F-100 Rides Again

Posted in News on April 15, 2015
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Another piece of off-road racing history is coming together nicely thanks to the crew at YT Motorsports. The 1972 Ford F-100 that Scoop Vessels drove to class wins in the 1976 and ‘77 Baja 500 and the 1977 Baja 1000, is nearly ready for the 2015 NORRA/General Tires Mexican 1000.

Cameron Thieriot is the now proud owner of the Ford, and will share driving duties with Kash Vessels.

As famous a name as Vessels is, this Ford actually began life at another famed builders shop. It was at Stroppe that Charlie Haga and crew designed and built the then yellow Fleetside truck. The truck was first raced at the 1973 Baja 500 with Frank Sr and John Mooney at the helm. Stroppe raced it in that year’s 1000. It was run in the 1975 and ‘76 Baja races as a Fleetside and didn’t become a step side until 1976, when the so called “small truck” was first raced at Riverside International Speedway.

Bearing the famous Vessels horse head logo, this 1972 Ford F-100 is nearly ready for Cam Thieriot and Kash Vessels to race at the 2015 Mexican 1000.

According to Sean Hogland, whose YT Motorsports crew is currently rebuilding the truck at the Arciero facilities in Foothill Ranch, CA, “We confirmed that the yellow short bed fleet side Stroppe built truck raced in 1974 is the same truck that we have now When the truck was “rebuilt” to current condition in 1975, Charlie (Haga) converted the truck to a step side. “It went on to win the 1977 Baja 500 and 1000.”

The step-side bed came about in 1975 and the truck was painted black about that time, too.

When the truck had been first discovered it was given a restoration that prettied up the truck beautifully, but it wasn’t what you’d call race ready. Hoglund and YT Motorsports are making sure that this Ford will be able to tackle the 1000 miles that the NORRA race will cover.

No, it’s not the same as when Scoop raced it, but this 460ci Ford engine should do the job just fine. It’s actually been tuned to run on south of the border pump gas and features a Holley carb, MSD ignition and Moroso valve covers.

Look soon for more coverage on this and the other NORRA Mexican 1000 race vehicles that we’ve recently covered when the NORRA/General Tires Mexican 1000 gets underway on April 25, 2015.

Then as now, the Ford will roll on BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A tires. Note the cool “knock-off” hub that was straight from the Indy cars.

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