I always enjoy a trip to the vintage races, but this weekend I had a mission: after 6 years of seeing Lee Osborn's Crosley Special being loaded and unloaded off the trailer at the West Coast Crosley Meet, I was finally going to see it on the track. Osborn's car, the 1955 Shannon Special has developed quite a reputation- it just may be the fastest Crosley powered object currently on the planet. Lee himself has picked up a rep too- his aggressive driving combined with incredible engineering skills has meant that he's usually dicing with cars with twice or three times the engine displacement - Osborn's special has probably dusted more Porsches than any Crosley since Harry Eyerly was driving.I'd been following the preparations for this 'Hmod Reunion' on the Hmod bulletin board I read- with the limited number of Hmods still participating in vintage racing it's hard to get more than a few out at any given event. Their months of planning resulted in close to 10 Hmods on this entry list, so I knew I couldn't miss it. My pal Alex and I drove down to Infineon Raceway (which I still think of as Sears Point) on Saturday morning. We got there just in time to catch the practice run for the group most of the Hmods were in. Some of the cars were initially set in different groups, but after the practice the organizers got everybody put together in the same race, set for 4 o'clock.
Every part of the car was a thing of beauty, and I could see why the owners were willing to part with their Shirdlu racer (currently for sale) to get this car. They were stoked, and were super-nice to boot.
Finally the Hmods took their places on the tarmac along with about 20 other cars- all of which sported substantially larger displacements. Unsurprisingly, Osborn was the first Hmod up the hill, running about 8th out of the whole race group.
The rest of the Hmods diced a bit behind Lee. Here's Don in the Nardi (101) followed up by the '54 Panhard (114):