The Start of the Jeepster

 

         Sandy became aware of John Ulfeldt when Sandy read an article  in the 9th grade that John wrote
















in a 1964 Four Wheeler magazine on how to put a Hemi V8 in a military power wagon. Talk about a fertile mind, John also built and raced a 3 cylinder 2 cycle buggy called “The Pop Corn Popper” on Alcohol.
















The car was four wheel drive, four wheel independent suspension with four wheel steering. John raced it in 1966 Four Wheel Grand Prix.  John was ahead of his time and it was five years before John and Sandy’s path would cross again. Soon after that, John and Sandy became friends. Sandy would drive to La Canada California to help John on his next project, a V6 mid engine Mighty Mite with four wheel independent suspension; quarter elliptical springs with a Casale boat V drive.


























John drove the Mighty Mite with a friend when he won the 1968 Mexican 1000 finishing 1st in class.

            In 1969 John ask Sandy if he would like to race the Mint 400 with him, of course Sandy said yes. That same year John got a chance to drive for Brain Chuchua Jeep and Sandy raced the Mighty Mite winning a lot of races in California. In 1969 Sandy also raced the Mexican 1000 with a friend. They drove a 1956 Chevy Cameo pick up truck. It took them 46 hours and two sunrises to complete the race, being the longest race Sandy had been in.                                 

              John was still driving for Chuchua when his co driver broke his arm in a motorcycle accident. John asked Sandy to co drive the 1970 Baja 500 with him and they took 2nd. Then John got to drive for Vic Hickey in a Chevy truck with another co driver, Sandy inherited the Chuchua Jeepster. Doc Mott and friends would help Sandy rebuild the jeepster from top to bottom to have it ready for the 1970 Mexican 1000 which Sandy and a friend teamed up to drive using unproven Sears Steel Belted radials tires taking 1st place. A commercial was made for Sears Radials tires on the Jeepster that ran on TV for 6 years.



















                         

                 They then decided to build their own fiber glass body Jeepster to race using Chuahua body molds. The Jeepster was yellow because that was the gel coat at the time. (Insert pic yellow jeepster). Later it was painted Gabber Blue. The Jeepster was built ahead of its time and won a lot of races, taking 1st in the 1971 Mexican 1000, and 1st in class and 2nd overall in the Dam 500.



















and literally driving the tires off of it. Randall AMC Jeep of Mesa Arizona approached Ulfeldt and Cone about a sponsorship. Painted red, white and blue and a more powerful 401ci motor and with new purpose built off road tires, they were ready to win again. The axles went quite ready for the new power, breaking a rear axle at about 110 mph in the 1972 Mexican 1000. Totaling the car













end over end finally rolling to a stop upside down with fuel leaking on the ground, Sandy had to release John from the car.                       

                 John had broken both knees and collapsed a lung; Sandy had two black eyes and was bruised from head to toe. That’s when they figured out a weak link in the axles and Sandy started building full floater rear ends. The Jeepster was a total but the Randall’s ask Ulfeldt and Cone to build a new “RACE JEEPSTER” using the new body style. Which leads us to the Jeepster we are restoring now. This new bodied 1973 Jeepster was raced over two decades by four owners. “When finished it will be period perfect and raced again”.

 

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