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New Jersey Shop Owner Restores 1934 Race Car

Artie Conk, owner of Artie’s Summit Garage in Summit, NJ, discovered a 1934 open-wheeled race car at a friend’s house. The car was in pieces and scattered around the property. Conk has rebuilt the vehicle using Model A and Model T parts and says that it can now reach speeds above 90 mph.

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Artie Conk, owner of Artie’s Summit Garage in Summit, NJ, discovered a 1934 open-wheeled race car at a friend’s house. The car was in pieces and scattered around the property. Conk has rebuilt the vehicle using Model A and Model T parts and says that it can now reach speeds above 90 mph.

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Below is the article as it appeared on the www.NJ.com website.

1930’s race car gains a new lease on life at Summit garage

By Liz Keill/Independent Press
Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 11:50 AM

SUMMIT — A rusted metal relic of a bygone age of auto racing is coming back to life at Artie’s Summit Garage.

The 1934 open-wheeled race car was built in Madison and won numerous trophies, but spent recent decades in pieces and rusting in Long Hill Township. Now it is returning to pristine condition, with red lettering memorializing the name of its original owner, Alperti.

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It’s a far cry from the dismantled and dirty relic that Artie Conk, owner of the auto repair shop on Industrial Place, discovered at a friend’s home in Meyersville.

The chassis of the once sleek racer was upside down in the yard, while the rusted engine, steering wheel and various parts were scattered inside the garage. The bulk of the frame had been painted blue. Now it’s a pristine white with red lettering.

To read the entire article, visit the NJ.com website at http://www.nj.com/independentpress/index.ssf/2010/08/1930s_race_car_gains_a_new_lea.html.

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