Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Eldridge Special, Indianapolis 1926

Brit Grand Prix Racer, Ernie Eldridge had the right idea and was way ahead of peers in innovative design. This car, with its underslung chassis has the lowest ride height of any Indy Racer up until fairly recent times. It is much lower than Jim Clark's Lotus 29, that bought about the major shift in ideology at the Brickyard. Its about as aerodynamic too. Eldrige bought two cars to Indy in '26, both did not finish. He tagged the wall and the other blew up. Eldridge did hold the Absolute Speed Record in 1924 with a speed of 146 MPH ( in a 21 liter Fiat).