Last week's "Guess the car" may have either stumped readers or I sure hope they haven't lost interest already.
I received only 13 phone calls and seven e-mails.
Honestly, I didn't know what this vehicle was. But Mike Splittgerber of Brainerd came to the rescue.
It is a 1950 Buick Special Sedanette slantback. There were 10 readers who guessed this correctly (some were credited by guessing that the car was a 1950 Buick Special).
Splittgerber said this car's grill style was a dramatic change from the 1949 Buicks.
Ken Bogren of www.hubcapcafe.com wrote in an e-mail that this grill was only used in 1950. He believes that this car is a standard Special (the Special Deluxe and Super models had a piece of side trim running from just behind the front wheel opening and straight back over the rear wheel opening to the rear of the car).
Splittgerber said that Buick did not make a coupe this year. Instead it made two slantback or turtleback designs. One was called a jetback which seated only three.
Naturally he said this design wasn't very popular.
The slantback was touted as being as spacious as a sedan, he added.
He said he had "fond memories" of a friend's car like this. Unfortunately, his friend eventually wrecked it.
Larry Roscoe wrote in an e-mail that a Sedanette had a radio antennae in the center of the windshield line with a knob inside to tip it sideways to improve reception. He also said that the hood opened from the back side and each side had its own release button.
Another racing venue will be added to Brainerd International Raceway this season.
Gentleman start your lawnmowers. Yes lawn mower racing, sanctioned by the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association, is hitting BIR.
There will be six races at the raceway, the first on May 10.
Scott Quick, the raceway's general manager, said lawn mower racing provides racers an inexpensive means to race and still have fun.
"And it's as every bit as family involved as any other kind of racing," he said.
Events are open to all self-propelled rotary or reel type lawn mowers that were designed and sold commercially to mow residential lawns. These mowers must remain suitable for lawn cutting.
All mowers must have rear tires 20 inches diameter and under, and have a cutting deck securely mounted in the stock position with the cutting blades removed of course.
Some of the other rules include each driver must wear a helmet approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation or the Snell Foundation, racers must have goggles or a face shield, drivers must also wear an approved, racing neck support and mowers must be equipped with a kill switch.
Starts will be LeMans style with engines off. On the green flag, drivers will cross the track on foot, start their mowers, and start racing. Mowers with remote starters will be moved to the back.
Once the race begins, no bumping will be tolerated.
Racing will be on a 3/8th-mile rectangular configuration grass track at BIR near the first turn, Quick said.
"With some of these classes you have to ... some of the faster and so on you have to provide more of a challenge than somebody just getting there and hitting the gas and going around this oval course," he said. "You have to provide maybe a little road course action turns and these kinds of things to give everybody a fair playing field."
There are four classes in the series -- Stock, IMOW, Prepared and factory experimental (where mowers no longer function as lawn mowers but maintain the appearance that they do).
Quick said the B/P division in the prepared class has mowers powered by overhead valve and two-cylinder engines that can reach 50 to 60 mph.
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