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RACER OF OLD: Vintage Indy car coming to Col. City

June 1, 2012

The Kennedy Tank Special, which ran in the Indianapolis 500 in 1948 and 1949, is scheduled to be on display at STAFCO in Columbia City on Tuesday. — Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — A time capsule on wheels is scheduled to be in town next week.
Columbia City’s STAFCO (Steel Tank and Fabricating Corporation) will play host to the 1948 Kennedy Tank Special, a vintage race car that ran in the Indianapolis 500 in 1948 and 1949.
The car is scheduled to be hauled by trailer to the local steel tank manufacturer on Tuesday, weather permitting, according to Carl Norris, STAFCO vice president and general manager.
Norris estimated the car should arrive around 10 a.m., but added that the time could vary.
The car was initially owned by Kennedy Tank and Manufacturing Co., a manufacturer of steel tanks which is the parent company to STAFCO.
“It’s kind of a crazy story,” said President Pat Kennedy referring to the car’s history. The race car’s full-time home is in the lobby of Kennedy headquarters in Indianapolis.
Kennedy created and published a book of Indianapolis 500 trivia. The car is featured on the cover.
According to Kennedy, a purchaser of the book contacted him to say he’d found the original car. It was in Urbana, Ohio.
The car was discovered in the collection of an avid racing enthusiast.
“His collection probably rivals the speedway (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) itself,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy acquired the car and set about refurbishing it with a sense of urgency.
“We wanted to have it done in time for the 100th anniversary of the 500 (2011),” he said.

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