Only One caller correctly guessed last week's Guess year, make, model vehicle.
She knew a lot about the 1948 Buick Sedanette, including that it was powered by an overhead valve, cast-iron block, eight-cylinder engine. She also noted that these cars were made in Flint, Mich., California, New Jersey, Kansas and Georgia.
Larry Roscoe of Brainerd was the next closest. He e-mailed that his guess was a 1948 Buick Roadmaster.
He wrote that the gun-sight hood ornament assisted him in choosing that it was a Roadmaster. He said he could have been more accurate if he could have seen the car's trunk.
The car is a 1948 Buick Sedanette that belonged to Don Leuch of Baxter. He purchased it new from Scharf Chevrolet in Staples for $2,594.25 from a salesman who still lives in Staples.
His car is powered by a straight eight-cylinder engine. It has a three-speed manual transmission, the dynaflow automatic transmission didn't become an option until 1949.
He said this car had some speed.
"It had plenty of soup," he said.
He became aware of the Buicks while hitchhiking during his armed services tour. He said a man who gave him a ride one time had a Buick, which he really liked.
So he had the car salesman watch for a Buick. Leuch said it took this salesman two years to find him the Buick Sedanette.
While judging the North Central Speedway stock car show at the Westgate Mall Friday, I couldn't help but remember some of the things said about these cars.
Here's comments I heard, "Does the mechanic sit behind the driver?", "Wait a couple weeks," "How long did it take to build it."
I also talked to Jamie Dietman of Brainerd Signs. He said a lot of these racers had their vinyl work started a week and a half ago.
"It's nuts," he said of his last-minute business.
He said he does like to attend the races and see "his name" out there.
For anyone who was wondering why some of the race cars had several sponsor stickers and some didn't, the racers hadn't received their Wissota license yet.
Once they receive this sanctioning body license, they are mandated to place contingency sponsor stickers on their cars and patches on their driving suits.
Former Brainerd resident Nate Thiesse's attempt to qualify in his second NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series was not memorable at El Cajon Speedway in California April 5.
He failed to qualify among 38 racers, with a starting grid of 24 cars, (consisting of the top 17 fastest times and seven provisionals).
Thiesse's brother Darren wrote in an e-mail that with a limited practice schedule on a track with very narrow corners, the time was dedicated to getting the car to work on long runs using practice tires. When it came to qualifying and using sticker tires or tires with very few miles on them, "Nate's car became extremely tight (more than anticipated) into the corners when compared to the earlier practice session."
Nathan was among the top five in fast times during practice.
"Nate ended up with a tight car pushing him towards the wall and ended using up valuable time for the car to get straight enough to get on the gas," Darren wrote.
Failing to qualify, Nate was forced to race in the last chance qualifier. He started eighth and was up to third place before the top two cars tangled and took Nate with them. He was towed off the track.
Darren wrote that the entire field was within three-10ths of each other.
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