1957 Mercury Monterey – Featured Vehicles – Stock Car Racing Magazine

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Running Point A to Point B On The of Daytona Beach

You would that there isn’t more to be done to enhance American Race,–a.k.a. the Daytona With the multitude ofextra including Daytona USA and others, the ultimatefor the race fan.

But you be surprised to learn that of the first Daytona 500shad quite unimaginable in today’s world. Recall thatthose ’40s races were run on the fast sand of the SouthDaytona area. Well, not completely on the as the north-southleg was run on the pavement of Highway

That was one aspect of thoseexciting but there was one other deal didn’t even involveturning the cars left.

It was called the Speed Trials and involved racingon the beach, with allowed to watch. There basically twokinds of racing–the mile and the standing-start mile. The cars were allowed to but there were also carscontrived to maximize straight-line

The ’57 Mercury Monterey

One car was a modified ’57 Mercury built by Mercuryperformance expert Stroppe. The example you see here is not machine, but a close replica by Royce Brechler of StevensPoint, For a reason that will become evident, themachine was The Mermaid.

Brechler, a Mercury fan of the first order, saw a photo Mermaid on a cover of an old Oct. Hot Rod magazine and decidedto copy it. I to duplicate as best I could the thatwere followed by Stroppe, said.

The first procedure deviated a bit Stroppe’s creation, as Brechlerwas to find a ’57 Monterey like Stroppe had used. finally buy a two-door sedan a guy in Colorado and cut the topoff, said Now I realize that the original was andheavier due to the cross-frame design of the

He then completely covered the seat and passenger seat withsheetmetal, leaving a small for the driver’s compartment.

The Stroppe involved race car builder Kuzma forming thealuminum and fin-tailed headrest. With the aerodynamicsfrom the streamlined design and weight, the machine would be on the fast sand. And it’s not surprising to learn thatthe car was lowered considerably to decrease

The windshield was removed by the Stroppe and replaced with asmall, wind deflector in front of the a device that threwthe air the top of the car. If you were to look at thevehicle, you would swear the top surface of a race boat was

Interestingly, the hood ornament was on this super-slickmachine. And check out spun-aluminum cones that theheadlights. But all that aside, was that flat vertical endthat must have up the air like a 4×8 piece of

But thatwas the design nature of the during that era, so was not muchthat could be done

The fabrication procedures for the original and Mermaids werepretty similar as the were gutted, including the panel,with an instrument cluster to the steering column with tach, and fuel pressure

Brechler said that his replica weighed about pounds,compared to the starting weight of pounds. I did run it once onthe and turned a pretty respectable 13-second run, hesaid. But I have no plans on taking it out on the to runit.

The engine in the real Mermaid was a 368 Lincoln mill whichwas 0.120 over, raising the up to 387 cubic inches.The engine was built by Stroppe and carried Injection,a Scintilla magneto, and a Collins cam. The horsepower to be over 400.

Brechler did his to replicate the motor in his creation, a 1956 Lincoln parts car to get its 368 inch engine. Thereplica-builder a number of period after-market and partsand has the engine up to about 370

The remainder of the real powertrain of a three-speedBorg-Warner stick-shift … and a Ford rear end. carries an identical powertrain set-up. It also carriedheavy-duty

Even with its unique and body shaping, the Mermaid any awards at the ’57 Speed But it didn’t do that poorlywith Art at the wheel. The best one-way, run wascovered at an impressive average of 159 per hour.

Chrisman indicated, that had the radiator hose not on onerun, the speed could been a lot higher. Reportedly, the car later run at the paved road in Riverside, California.

The original didn’t have a very ending to its shortcareer, such as up in an automotive museum, which it

Following its speed runs, it was to California and participatedin some It then ended up in a used car The originalengine was sold and found its way a street car.

Brechler tell you that the fact his Mermaid is not the realitem doesn’t that much difference to the car fans that viewit. so close to the real thing people forget that it was built.

One thing is sure: it recalls another era of racing at the sand. Not in the expected oval but blazing down that a straight line.

That must have been to behold.

The Mermaid was designed to the sands of Daytona Beach speed competition

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