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Look closely at the engine in Clint Seccombe's roadster and you'll see the V-16 engine is punching right through the firewall. Seccombe, a member of the Throttlers, raced in the Roadster class. His V-16 was much bigger (and much faster) than the Flathead V-8s and four-bangers; the car went 125 at Harper in 1940. Prior to the war, classes were determined by body (Roadster, Modified, Streamliner) and you could run whatever you wanted. After the war, separate A, B, and C classes were established to help level the field. Iskenderian remembers breaking an axle at Muroc one time and getting towed home by the Cadillac.