Postwar Indy Pace Cars in Hemmings Classic Car

I really love the photos of the orphan Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars in the July 2010 issue of Hemmings Classic Car.

At Torq-O, I collect vintage motion picture film of orphan cars, and I’ve been looking for 16mm footage of the 1947 Nash Ambassador pace car for a long time. (I had an eBay opportunity to get a film about the ’47 race once, but my bid got clobbered.)

I’d also like to find some great color footage of the 1952 Studebaker Commander pace car, but I’ve never seen a thing. Maybe the Studebaker Museum in South Bend has some film.

DeSoto is a murky brand to me. No one ever writes about it with much excitement or enhusiasm. Maybe that’s why I’ve never found media associated with the 1956 DeSoto Pacesetter. Writer Jim Donnelly notes that this car represents maybe the first Big Three car to be marketed as a pace car replica in DeSoto dealerships.

Since Pontiac is a recent addition to the Torq-O Garage, I’ve never really searched for footage of the 1958 Pontiac Bonneville.

Now that there are many new marques to celebrate, I’ll have to keep an eagle eye out for the 1960 Oldsmobile 98, the 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury, the 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone, the 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2, the 1972 Hurst Olds, the 1974 Hurst Olds, the 1977 Oldsmobile Delta 88, and the 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am. (Oldsmobile owned Indy in the 1970’s!)

I left out one car on purpose. Last year, I bought a 16mm film about the 1962 Indy 500 called 33 Men. In it, you several great color shots of the 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona. One down and a dozen (or more) to go.

Oldsmobile F-85 in Hemmings Motor News

I like the Hemmings Stock Exchange article on the Oldsmobile F-85 in the May 2010 issue of Hemmings Motor News.

The 1961-63 F-85 was the base model in the Cutlass line with a Buick engine and Oldsmobile heads. Every F-85 was a V8 that pumped out 195hp.

These cars look a lot like the 1965-66 Rambler Classics from that time, but they would definitely leave the sensibly spectacular Rambler all alone at the light if Granny ever seriously challenged one.

(The Torq-O Media Archive contains a rare 1963 Oldsmobile color film that includes the entire line, including the F-85. Give us a shout if you ever want to see an F-85 clip.)

Oldsmobile faithful: motor ye to 442.com.

There’s something for every Oldsmobile fan at the 442 web site.

Don’t let the ’68 442 on the home page scare you away. This is a site for ALL Olds fans.

Suggestion: although the 442 is maybe the sexiest piece of Oldsmobile iron, a lot of Olds fans also like Toronados, 88’s of all flavors, the Vista Cruisers, F-85’s, Cutlass Supremes, yada, yada, yada.

Oldsmobile interior in Hemmings Motor News's interior

Before it disappears from the news stands, you should check out the February 2010 issue of Hemmings Motor News.


I really liked his article about the oval-shaped dash in the 1957 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight. It’s unique.

It’s amazing how they crammed so many gauges inside several concentric ovals of shiny chrome.

On another note, it’s nice to see the Hemmings guys do an article specifically about interior design. Usually, I find them focused on the big picture - the entire car. Nice to know that they can zoom in and appreciate the smaller details too.