8 1927 Buick Big Car Charles Wentworth
8 1927 Buick Big Car
Paso Robles CA
2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Manufacturer- Buick Motor Company, Flint Michigan
Engine- Straight 8 cylinder, 320 cubic inch, overhead valves
Transmission – Buick 3 speed
Frame and Chassis – Steel and aluminum
Weight- 2700 lbs.
Wheels – Wire
Buick is one of the oldest automobile brands in the world and the oldest in
the United States. In 1909 – two years before the first Indianapolis 500 –
the 2.5-mile-long oval at Indy was inaugurated with the Prest-O-Lite
Trophy. The 250-mile race was won by Bob Burman, driving a Buick and
averaging more than 53 mph. Of the nine cars that finished the race, three
of them were Buick models.
success of Buick engines was evident on the race tracks, and in
endurance tests across the country and around the world. Buick was the
only car to complete a 1 ,000-mile Chicago to New York relay race in
1906; a Buick was the first car to travel across South America, driven from
Buenos Aires, Argentina, over the Andes to Santiago, Chile, in 1914.
Buicks won hill-climbs across the country – including one in 1904 with
one of the first 40 Buicks ever built.
This car is typical of the “Big Cars” (as compared to midget race cars) that
raced the dirt tracks and fairgrounds across the U.S. Its last race was in
Lebanon, MO in 1935. It was built from a 1927 Buick chassis, with a later
model straight 8 engine, that was first introduced in 1931.
Current Owner – Chuck Wentworth