I had the opportunity to share your web site with my father last week. He is, and always been a man of few words. But I could tell that he was really taken back with the pictures of the Iron Mistress. The car was actually named by my Mother, because my Father spent so much time out in the shop with the car. The car was two cars made into one. One engine and rear axle were from the "Leffler - Lukas " coupe, and the other from my fathers Fiat Bodied coupe. On occasion I'll take my dad to the Nostalgia Drags at Palmdale Raceway and he gets the opportunity of the racing and meet some old friends. But even though he had some competitive cars over the years, he is always asked about the Iron Mistress and if he still has the car.
Unfortunately when my Father sold the shop in Hawthorne and moved to Orange County, we could not take the Iron Mistress with us. The chassis and body were stored at the shop along with my fathers last Messerschmidt bodied car we finished in early 1967 but never raced. The car sported a new 210 inch wheel base Gilmore chassis and was very beautiful. We thought about saving them, but at that time they were just old race cars and who was going to be interested in them in the future.
The cars were cut and my father got involved in offshore power boat racing, and was successful having one of his boats win the prestigous Hennessey Cup race twice.
TwoToGo Thanks to Patrick M. Taylor for sharing this story.
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