The November 1951 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine, on the cover, and feature article, detailed how you could “build a race car in your own garage for under $500”, using a 1932 Ford. Of course back then, a 1932 Ford cost about $50. There was a detailed description, and you could order a complete set of plans for $2.
I purchased my “M – 1” racer about 3 years at the Kruse auction in Auburn IN. With the car came a free entry into the Great Race, as the Race managers wanted this type of car in the race. At that time, I did not know the history of the car, or anything about the Great Race. I just bought a cool car! I decided to enter the Great Race, and as I got into the innards of the car, ended up redoing, rebuilding or replacing about everything on the car with authentic, 1932 Ford parts, preparing for the 4,000 mile cross country race. The body remains “original” as was built in 1952 (albeit repainted). (from owner Guy Mace) Read more