Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons
Performance: Top speed 110 MPH
0-60 MPH in 10 seconds
0-100 MPH in 20 seconds
0-1/4 mile n 13 seconds
Speed at 1/4 mile of 75 MPH
Current Owner: Tom Churchill
"The Grounis Fiat-Crosley was designed as a training vehicle, to compete in class H [Modified] at a minimum of cost. It was designed. built, owned, and raced by Charles
Gounis, TV's 'Willie The Wolf,' through the highly successful season of one 1st, two thirds, and two 4ths in class ... at a total building expense of $2000.
As the driver progressed, so did the car; it seems that between races he would change the paint job on his little bomb. The final color scheme [seen in the color photo] turned
out to be white, with bright yellow and red flames curling up over the nose and out of the fenders ... even the helmet was flame-stripped to match the car!
Grabbing an oft-dreamed of opportunity, Charles swapped his Fiat for a full house Cad-Allard. The new owner is John Brophy, M.C. of Sports Car World, heard on KABC-TV (Los
Angeles) every Saturday night. Meanwhile, with the Allard for street use, Charles Gounis is looking for something just a bit larger and faster than the Fiat"1
Dave Thielke says, "Back when I knew Chuck Gounis, while hanging out at the old 'Dick Rydel Autosport', he was racing a very hot Miller Crosley. Seems to me that it was blue and white when we went to El Paso with it in about 1960 or so. I think that he later raced an Elva or Lotus 23. If I recall correctly, Dick had a Fiat special, but I can't be sure of it's details. Both of them ran under the old PSCC (Pacific Sports Car Club) banner at the time, as well as several of the rest of us."3
Bill Thieme says, "I remember him in an Elva F-JR."3
Ron Cummings says, "Tom is correct. Gounis' car was a Don Miller built special, as
was Walker Edmiston's. Somehow Bob Rolofson confused the two drivers
in his article. The photos in the Trend article are of Edmiston's
car. I have discussed this with Walker in recent years. I saw Walker
last at Carroll Shelby's place a few months ago. Walker was Willie
the Wolf on Los Angeles televison and went on to acting on many
popular television shows. Gounis was an electrical engineer in the
Los angeles area. You can do a internet search on Walker Edmiston to
read about his career.
The two cars looked almost identicle until Walker had Jack Sutton
build a new nose for his car.
Chuck Gounis was involved with Vintage Road Racing in So.
California until a few years ago. Walker Edmiston vintage raced a
circle track midget until a few years back.
Walker won the first HMOD race ever held at Riverside Raceway
beating Doc Molle's Fairchild Special and Jim Parkinson's Ferry Renualt
Le Mans car with his Miller-Crosely."3
The Greatest Voice Artist You Never Heard Of
"The fellow in the picture (above) is Walker Edmiston, and while you've probably never heard his name, you've definitely heard his voice. Walker goes all the way back to the early days of TV with his puppet characters, Kingsley the Lion and R. Crag Ravenswood. He was also the voice of Bob Clampett's Willy the Wolf (aka William Shakespeare Wolf).
If you've ever seen a Krofft show, then you've also heard Walker. He was the voices of Ludicrous Lion and Dr. Blinky on “H.R. Pufnstuf” and took the lead as Sigmund in “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” among many others."4
Walker Edmiston Profile
"Aside from many cartoon voices, Walker Edmiston has been a very important part of The World of Sid & Marty Krofft. He has lent his talents to a vast group of beloved Krofft characters such as Freddy the talking flute, Dr. Blinky, Ludicrous Lion, and Seymore Spider from HR PufNStuf; Sigmund, Big Daddy Ooze, Blurp and Slurp from Sigmund and the Seamonsters; as well as Enik from Land of the Lost. Walker is also the actor who took over the voice of Ernie, the Keebler Elf, when Parley Baer was unable to continue. He is an incredible mimic and has been a regular on many televison and radio shows."5
2-27-07 Los Angeles Times Obituaries
"Former H Mod racer Walker
Edmiston passed away at the age of 81 from cancer on Feb. 15th at
his Woodland Hills, California home. Walker was still working until
he became ill in Jan. of this year. Walker started racing, in the
fifties, with an Allard. He then moved on to his famous Don Miller
Crosley powered special in H Mod.. A few years back he raced a
vintage midget in WRA vintage circle track races. Three years ago
Walker restored a Daimler SP-250 like these and remained active in
the Fabulous Fifties group whose many members raced in the
Walker acted in many televised productions and was a puppeteer on
many children's shows. He did hundreds on voice overs in cartoons
and advertisements. I will miss his great stories."7
"One of Walker's best stories happened at Santa Barbara in the mid-
fifties. Walker loaned his Don Miller-Crosley to a fellow television
personality Bill Leyden to race. Leyden rolled the car over breaking
his arm early in the H Mod race. Walker ran out to help lift the car
off of his friend. As the medics hauled Leyden off to the hospital,
Edmiston borrowed a crash hat got into the bent race car and
finished the race!"7