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Jack McGrath and Manuel Ayulo were as close as brothers and rarely was one mentioned without the other. But before graduating to Indy, they built and raced their roaring roadsters at tracks like Bonelli Stadium, Gardena Bowl, Gilmore Stadium, and Carrell Speedway. This historic photograph, circa 1945-46 and taken at Ayulo’s garage in Burbank, shows them thrashing to make the next race. That’s Ayulo’s face obscured by the steering wheel working on his roadster; Tim bending down to assist. In front of the stripped roadster is McGrath at the valve-grinding machine. “It was easier to take the body off to remove the engine and trans since we only had a few bolts holding it on,” Tim recalls.