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Nardi Chassis

H Modified

Introduction

"Everyone in motorsports knows that Enrico Nardi made steering wheels, but not everyone knows that he built cars. Nardis were quite capable of winning races but very few were brought to the U.S. and raced. At 700 lbs, it was the lightest of all the H-Mod Eteterinis. Fiat Topolino suspension and drive train were attached to the tubular space frame.

According to race results compiled by John de Boer, Paul Gouglemanís Nardi won [H Modified races] at MacDill AFB, Pebble Beach and Lockbourne AFB, was second at Chanute AFB and third at Turner AFB. 'The Nardi had air-cooled heads,' recalls George Schraft. 'Paul didnít have a temperature gauge, so the way heíd check if the engine was hot was to spit on the cylinder heads.' "1

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"Bob Schroeder's Nardi-BMW at Lawrenceville, IL - June 1956. photo by Leo Patrick Cummings"2

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"George Heister's Nardi 750 features cycle fenders, bullet headlamps and a pair of Webers for the Crosley engine. photo by George Heiser"1

Nardi Crosley

Engine: Crosley

Builder: S.H."Wacky" Arnolt 

Current Owner: lost?

Listed in Joe Puckett's book Big Men in Little Cars (which is now out of print).


1Carl Goodwin, Vintage Motorsport (May/June 1991), The H-Modified Etceterinis p67-69. This article was transcribed for the Sports Racer Network by Curt Anderson.

2Sandy MacArthur, Vintage Motorsport (May/June 1991), H-Modified Crosley Specials from the Midwest p70-71. This photo was scanned for the Sports Racer Network by Curt Anderson.


Revised: February 19, 2005.

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