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Title: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: SFM5S000 on January 29, 2019, 07:19:14 PM
This is another post I'll attempt to re-create after it was lost in the crash of SAAC Forum 1.0

As most of you guys know this was the car previously purchased, restored and raced by Rick Kopec after he (if I remember correctly) Rick was tipped off that this car was in Canada in the early 80's. I'm sure he or someone can fill in the blanks. Anyway, Rick vintage raced it since the late 80's. Rick Kopec ended up selling it to Marty Beaulieu.

At the time when I photographed 5R098 (Nov 2012), it was in the building of one of our NorCal SAAC meeting events, I was VP of NorCal at the time. Marty B was attending as was Drew Serb who brought CSX3022 (I'll post CSX3022 separately). Marty opened up 5R098 for everyone to take a peek.

Enjoy the pics.

Cheers,
~Earl J
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: SFM5S000 on January 29, 2019, 07:20:28 PM
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Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: SFM5S000 on January 29, 2019, 07:21:44 PM
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Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: SFM5S000 on January 29, 2019, 07:23:18 PM
The second image is the passenger side inner fender. I thought that was interesting if you know what I'm talking about.

Cheers,
~E
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: SFM5S000 on January 29, 2019, 07:25:00 PM
Someone on the forum asked recently requesting the seeing mounting tabs for the R model radiator. There you are.


~E
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: SFM5S000 on January 29, 2019, 07:26:24 PM
This is not a concourse car. This is currently (at the time of the photo) a race car. So the pieces you see...

~E
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: SFM5S000 on January 29, 2019, 07:28:12 PM
The same can be said about the front and rear suspension. This is a race car. I did notice the welded in reinforcement plate above the rear top shock absorber and heim joints on the links.

~E
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: Bigfoot on January 29, 2019, 07:32:54 PM
Nice photos documenting arare piece. Thnx
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: Shelby_r_b on January 29, 2019, 08:20:13 PM
Definitely some great pictures.  Who doesn't love an R Model?!?!
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: Don Johnston on January 29, 2019, 08:52:47 PM
What!  Rick didn't sign the dash?  Must be a fake clone... ::)
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: BGlover67 on January 29, 2019, 09:42:40 PM
Definitely some great pictures.  Who doesn't love an R Model?!?!

Corvette Mike?  ;D
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: Shelby_r_b on January 29, 2019, 10:54:40 PM
What!  Rick didn't sign the dash?  Must be a fake clone... ::)

LOL!!!!!!

And, Brian...LOL!!!
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: 68GT350roadracer on February 15, 2019, 08:56:40 AM
Thanks for posting the pics.
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: Tom Honegger on February 15, 2019, 09:42:53 AM
One of my SAAC highlights...riding in that car with Rick for a couple laps at speed on Charlotte
Motor Speedway...PRICELESS! Thanks again, Rick!
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: deathsled on February 15, 2019, 10:46:22 AM
I remember a ride in the Essex back in Watkins Glen in 1993. Amazing machine! Thank you Rick.
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: Cobrask8 on February 15, 2019, 03:32:35 PM
I got quite a ride in that car at Lime Rock for SAAC 25. Rick showed me the sideways line around the track!
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: shelbydoug on February 15, 2019, 03:40:07 PM
I got quite a ride in that car at Lime Rock for SAAC 25. Rick showed me the sideways line around the track!

Is there another way?  :)


I probably shouldn't say this in front of witnesses but I was walking through the pits and he saw me and said, what are you doing? Want to take it for a couple of laps and tossed me the keys. I said I can't, I don't have a helmet.

I know. Now everyone is convinced that I am nuts instead of just suspecting it? That's why I said, "probably shouldn't say this".  ;)

Might have been the day Shelby took it for a couple? Sure. They'd lend him a helmet? Hey? ???
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: tesgt350 on February 15, 2019, 04:35:10 PM
The Chain on the Hood Hinge is an interesting way to keep the Hood up.
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: madeulook on February 16, 2019, 12:33:35 PM
WAY back in the day Rick, Howard and other R model model owners allowed me to measure wheel openings, lift-a-dot's (for the window lift straps), among other things, and the Murray Bro's as well out in Boulder, Jim Cowles in Green Bay, Tony Conover, Paradise is CA., Scotty and Curt in Connecticut. I am deeply obliged to all as while some have criticized my effort, I have been all over the R Model since I was knee high, and would never put a number to it. Great shots. You all inspired me to get it done. I did it for me, not for profit. I'll never get out of it what I have in it.

This is the best group of gear heads around. And meeting almost all of these people has been a large piece of my life. One of the biggest pleasures was the sight of one of my fuel tanks in another tribute staring at me.

Drive 'em like you stole 'em.
Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: honker on April 13, 2020, 05:03:20 PM
While on another site I came across a photo of 5R098 during part of its's life in the province of Quebec, Canada. this led me to

 search some more, and I found a couple more images on a blog from Quebec on Mustangs when the car was raced by Bill Pothitos.

 he was a big man 6ft. 6, you can see he's a tight fit !  this jives with the info in my 2011 & 2019 updated registries. I remember

seeing the car at a vintage event at Elkhart when Mr. Kopec had it, with a sticker on the back "Nuke GM" I hope this is of interest.

Mike

Title: Re: NorCal SAAC event, 5R098 the #98 ESSEX Wire Car
Post by: honker on April 13, 2020, 05:07:26 PM
couple of more, one I'd call Ford vs Ferrari  ;)

Mike