The Rudy Ramos Roadster

I just can’t assist it. I’m nonetheless on a race vehicle kick. I are likely to tumble into these obsessions from time to time… which is fantastic, but I also tend to dwell on things to a place past compulsion. So if race automobiles are not your detail, you are just gonna have to wait around me out. Be individual.

In any circumstance, last night’s deal with came by way of Rudy Ramos and his track roadster. It was highlighted on the July, 1948 go over of Sizzling Rod Journal as the “Hot Rod Of The Month” and frankly, deserved just about every bit of that. See, this car was special… Not only did Rudy from time to time (and illegally) courageous the streets of LA in his race vehicle, but he also raced it equally at S.C.T.A. trials as well as on C.R.A. circle tracks. As a C-course roadster, it ran 118mph in 1945 and in circles it was regarded as a person of the swiftest in Southern California.

Not to mention… I imply, is there a racier wanting early Ford than a t-keep track of roadster with a nerf bar and cowl steering? Throw on a Bell helmet and some goggles and you feel like you are heading 118mph just sitting there.

I heard from a close friend in Hawaii that Rudy died in a drag racing accident on Kauai in 2009, but my investigate exposed the accident in question involved a different Rudy Ramos. Digging further, I discovered that right after making this roadster Rudy acquired hooked on jet boats and eventually started Rayson-Craft Boats. He is now deemed a pioneer of Southern California Electric power Boat Racing.

WWII P-38 powered Rayson-Craft created in aspect by Rudy Ramos and regarded a single of the most dominant “Marathon Boat” of the 1960’s.

But what I locate much more appealing is Rudy’s record right before the roadster. In January of 1946, Rudy and his pal Ray Storms were being working on a car together the aspect of the highway when a different auto missing management and skidded into them. Ray was killed almost instantaneously and Rudy put in weeks in the clinic with interior injuries which include a broken arm and leg.

The actuality that Rudy was capable to get around that incident as properly as the death of his friend and even now continue to be lively in motor sports activities is inspiring to me.  So significantly so that I have located myself exploring Rudy’s lifestyle much more and more… which, of system, has me deep into the rabbit gap of race boats.

Damn you Rudy. I hope you are content.