Duane Kennard's Collection:
"BAXTER'S" Concours Chassis
Duane Kennard sends these images of another chassis in his collection. Thanks, Duane!
Here's another fixed and cleaned up old chassis. This one is special to me. This was "BAXTERS" concours chassis!
I believe this chassis was built in 1976 by Jimmy Barnett. If JB didn't built it (I think he did), then he did own it,
and race it at that time. I loved the look of this chassis when I first saw it back then. Jimmy "JB" is still racing
these days around Orange County and the Los Angeles area. He's a great guy; always friendly and
helpful to any racer. He's been known for years for his distinctive
"dancing" driving style! Back in the mid-late '70s, he was also nick-named "BAXTER" -
apparently a race director read his name wrong on a sign-up sheet, and it stuck for a while.
Anyway, he's a super cool guy who I used to enjoy watching build and tune for hours.
The style of the chassis is an ISO, and it was very nicely built - check out the way the main rails were
aesthetically bent before the axle tube... Too cool! I had to make some repairs to this one; it was missing
its front bumper, had some broken solder joints, and missing a tail-light. It was also really rusty, and
still shows some pitting. Oh well; it looks OK for being over 25 years old. Originally, the back end was
painted up pretty. I think the lights were red, the cage frame was black, along with the tailpipes,
and the screen part (engine cover) was white. At least that's what I seem to remember.
Oh; did I mention I love this chassis?"