1976 Altfater Sprint Car.
Previously from the Ray Evernham Collection
Built by Charlie Alfater in 1976 in Florida
Driven by Glenn Feuerstein in the Little 500, World of Outlaws, All Stars and Ohio dirt track competition
Owned by Olly Feuerstein
Stored from the end of the 1982 racing season
Orange no. 88 GO Racing livery
355 V-8 engine
Magnesium Halibrand Knock Offs
Sold on a Bill of Sale
Ray Evernham purchased this car for its quintessential representation of the Sprint Car design ethos of the 1970s, with the era later introducing wings with side boards attached to the top of the roll cage. Believed to be the chassis creation of Charlie Altfater, little of this car’s early history is known. What can be ascertained is that this car was campaigned in period by driver Glenn D. Feuerstein of Seven Hills, Ohio. The official records show that it raced only twice with a finishing place of 18th at the 1978 30th annual Payless Super Markets Little 500 and a 23rd place finish at the 1980 32nd annual Payless Super Markets Little 500.
What drew Ray Evernham to this car was its iconic “in-period” shape and setup that included a Stu Hillborn fuel-injected V-8 engine with magneto ignition and Brodix free-flow racing cylinder heads. The stance is typical dirt track with its staggered and offset wheel and tire combination featuring large M&H tires in the rear and grooved Goodyear front tires mounted on Halibrand magnesium wheels with tri-prong knock-offs.
During this era of racing, the short, oval, dirt tracks were the stepping stone for a professional ride at the large, oval, speedway tracks like the prestigious Indianapolis Raceway. All of the greatest drivers of the Indianapolis Brickyard—including A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Wally Dallenbach, Mario Andretti, Lloyd Rudy, Pancho Carter, Johnny Rutherford and more—“cut their teeth” and “made their bones” driving sprint cars in the short bullrings of Eldora, El Centro, Redding and Indianapolis Park. What made these sprint cars such lethal weapons was their immense horsepower relative to their light weight, all of which was contained within in a very short wheelbase. Driving an open-wheeled Sprint car sideways in close contact with one another separated the men from the boys in this form of racing.
Engine last ran on Dyno in 2012 and was put in proper storage. Engine is fresh/ 0 hours ready to run.