Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster

Tom

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Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« on: June 22, 2016, 12:33:14 PM »
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure to meet Jim Shelton, owner of the former Hornung/Baskerville roadster, at his place in Las Vegas.  Jim was very nice, he picked me up in his Brookville roadster, and then...

He pulls the Baskerville roadster out of the garage and we go for a spin !  Definitely a highlight of my life;  this roadster is the epitome of the get-in-and-drive deuce !  Here are a few pics.  Sorry for the poor picture quality; it was my cell phone camera.

Tom

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2016, 12:34:01 PM »
Jim is a great guy; the old roadster couldn't have a better owner.

This is my favorite pic  (yes that is bug splatter on the windshield - he DRIVES it!)

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2016, 12:34:39 PM »
Several years ago, Pete & Jake did some work on the roadster.  Note Jim Jacob's fan mount:

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2016, 12:36:08 PM »
The front suspension was tuned up a bit, but it still has the 'shade tree mechanic' feel from the 50's

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2016, 12:37:26 PM »
A basic ol' hot rod.  Just the way I like them !

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2016, 12:38:47 PM »
It still has the Bob Lee top.  Jim keeps the top indoors as it is getting fragile.  Here's a couple more pics from the archives:

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2016, 12:39:08 PM »
The fan relocation is real world how it was done technology.
Great pics Tom, Gray was the voice of Hot Rodding to a lot of us when we were young! Thanks.

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2016, 12:39:36 PM »
I finally got to met Gray at Pigeon Forge,Tenn. when he attended the Shades of the Past show.

Wasn't there a story about his mom backing into the roadster? HRP

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2016, 12:39:58 PM »
Yep! ol' Basketcase was quite a guy!----Especially his hi pitched laff!---Met him at Memphis Nats in 1975, Phillis Diller was performing on stage when ol' Grey bursts into the theater & yells out in his hi voice-----"ITS RAINING"!!!!-------Open car guys jumped up & ran out to cover their cars!!!----He's missed!!

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2016, 12:40:39 PM »
It still has the Bob Lee top.  Jim keeps the top indoors as it is getting fragile.  Here's a couple more pics from the archives:
It should'nt be that fragile . Just before he passed , Art and Mike Chrisman did a body off freshen up of the frame and engine . I can't remember what all they did , but it was a pretty complete overhaul. They finished it a week before he passed and Art gave him the last ride in his roadster . Two good friends sharing a special moment .
Anything worth doing is worth doing right . -- Frank Kurtis

Tom

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2016, 12:41:04 PM »
It still has the Bob Lee top.  Jim keeps it indoors as it is getting fragile.  Here's a couple more pics from the archives:
It should'nt be that fragile . Just before he passed , Art and Mike Chrisman did a body off freshen up of the frame and engine . I can't remember what all they did , but it was a pretty complete overhaul. They finished it a week before he passed and Art gave him the last ride in his roadster . Two good friends sharing a special moment .
Striper, I was just referring to the top.  Actually, Jim is just trying to do his best to preserve the top; he does drive it with the top up on occasion, and at speed.  Jim drives the roadster a lot !

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2016, 12:41:47 PM »
"Yer' Ol' Dad" was one of a kind!,.. I talked to him a number of times at the Detroit Autorama,.. And drove him around on the golf cart. ( I'm in the MHRA and a part of the Show Staff),... We traded contact information,.. and much to my surprise, He would call me from time to time,.... and as quickly and unexpected as the phone call came,....it would last 10 or 15 minutes,  He would say,... "Cool,.. good yacking with ya' Dad,... gott'a go",..... And that would be it.

I sat with him at a stop in Michigan during the first or second Power Tour. When I asked him to sign my Nov. 1973 issue of Rod & Custom,.. He got this cheesy grin on his face and said,... 
"Why this Issue Dad?" ;),.... I said, "Because I really believe that you wrote most, if not all of it",... He got a big smile on his wind burned face, and wrote something about Hot rods and women that we both got a big laugh out of,... But I really can't share  ;D,....  He truly was a really great guy with a passion for Hot Rods that lasted a lifetime.  The world of Hot Rodding got a lot smaller when Gray crossed the finish line,.... I can't imagine there will ever be another one like him,......

Even though it's not a Deuce,... I think you guys will forgive me for this,..... This picture is very special to me,.. Gray blasting along with a Very good old friend,.... They are both missed,.....
A Sinner saved by Grace. EPH. 2: 8-9

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2016, 12:42:08 PM »
HARMS,
  THANKS FOR SHARING & THE PIC IS A GREAT ONE OF OL'DAD.

What was once fun, Now feels like just another job.

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2016, 12:43:28 PM »
INTERIOR PICS
What was once fun, Now feels like just another job.

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2016, 12:44:01 PM »
EARLY PHOTO

What was once fun, Now feels like just another job.

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Re: Paul Hornung/Gray Baskerville roadster
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2016, 12:44:52 PM »
1 OF THE 75.
What was once fun, Now feels like just another job.