As the repairs are nearly complete on the engine cowling, Brad Haskin's focus is now being transitioned over to the drivers cowling. But first, a history lesson is in order.
To the best of our knowledge, there was only 1 Circus Circus drivers cowling ever made. The original Squire Shop one burned up and was replaced with an exact duplicate from the same mold.
The 2nd Squire Shop cowling was destroyed from the crash in 1981.
The 3rd and final Squire Shop cowling was used on the teams display boat (which was the former U-55 Lincoln Thrift)
The original Circus Circus drivers cowling is the one we have and will repair/restore. It was used later on the U-77 Spirit of the Air Force and the U-2 The Squire Shop (final race of the 1981 season only) before being cutup and made into a plug for a new narrower mold.
There is even evidence on the cowling today that shows all versions of paint schemes,so we can confirm this is the one that originated from the Circus Circus.
Below, you will see the cowling that was narrowed, as well as made taller (eliminating most of the windshield areas).
The flashing on the bottom perimeter would later be cut off and bonded to the deck. This new cowling still exists today on the Circus Circus hull.
Here is the condition of the cowling once we obtained possession of it a couple years ago.
And here is how it looks today, as Brad Haskin and the gang have just started tearing back into it!
We got our first media exposure yesterday from our friends over at KNDU in the Tri-Cities, who posted online a short story on the restoration. Brad Haskin, Steve Compton, and John Watkins represented the team very well...............and I'm glad they got some much deserved attention and recognition for their efforts!
You can find the link to the story and video below, just copy and paste it into your browser. Also, there is the YouTube video below as well.
Hey guys, I through a quick compilation gallery together to show where we started and where we are today.
There is a very brief highlight of the progress we've made so far, which is still fun to reflect back upon.
The gallery shows the initial build back in 1979, the different hull configurations over its racing career, as a "retired" static display, the demolition stages, and progress on the engine cowling and stabilizers.