This photo of Dick Courtney's car was taken in front of Kenny Vorce's Buena Park house on
Sometime in the late '40s Tobin updated the Bean car's engine with a two-port Riley head and rebuilt the car on a '32 chassis. He took up with Richard Campos soon after. "We took the Flathead engine that I had in a '35 Ford and put it in the roadster and went racing," Campos recalls. Tobin's health declined and he passed the car to Campos in 1959. Lots more on this later.
Remember the car that Dick Courtney built with the windshield he and Currie patterned off the Tobin/Bean car in 1946? Well almost as if on a parallel track with Tobin, Courtney updated his car to a Deuce frame and V-8 power. Even more eerily, Courtney sold his car about the same time Tobin did.
Dick Roseberry ended up with the car in 1959. In 1962 he traded the roadster for a '55 Nomad. Reportedly, the following owner destroyed the car in a crash. "I went out looking for it but nobody knows what happened to it," he says. Thus ends the story of the first windshield cast from the Bean/Tobin frame-at least for now.
Richard Campos kept the Bean/Tobin roadster but it all but disappeared for the decades it spent in storage and at shops. One of those shops belonged to Dave Williams, of Williams Lowbuck Tools. "That must've been around 1975, 1976, or 1977," he reckons.
We'd love to know if Lee Grey cast his windshields from an existing Hallock frame or from
As Williams set about returning the roadster his pal Butch Carlton suggested that they use the windshield as a pattern to make a few more. He estimated that they made about half a dozen, all in aluminum. "I used one and I think ... Ed Newett in Costa Mesa got one," he adds. "(Jack) Underwood probably got one; he and Newett are buddies." (Underwood also speculated that his came from that batch).
Campos sold the frame to Dennis Webb who let Rob Miller use it as a pattern to cast more frames in the '90s. In fact, the majority of reproduction frames owe their existence to Miller's production runs: he recalled reproducing about 15 frames in total, all from aluminum. Larry Gheno said he produced three more bronze frames from the Bean windshield during the same time.
In the meantime Courtney built two more roadsters in the likeness of the one he built in the '40s, the last one with a Miller reproduction frame. Joe Scanlin bought that car and sold it to Kirk F. White who in turn sold it to Ross Myers.
Richard Campos finally finished the Stuelke/Bean/Tobin car, only its body and presumably the '32 frame it picked up in Tobin's care remain. He painted the new version red, powered it with a blown Chevy, and bolted wide billet wheels to it. It now wears a Fiat windshield.
Here's the car again, this time when it set a record at 118.42 mph on May 16, 1937. We're
Sometime in the '90s Dennis Webb sold the original Stuelke/Bean/Tobin frame to Dick Roseberry. Roseberry built a new car based loosely on Courtney's first car, the one he bought in 1959. He still has the new car and it proudly bears that windshield.
By our very unofficial tally, at least one of Duke Hallock's original windshields and 25 of its copies exist: one 1946, half a dozen more in the late '70s, and another 18 in the '90s. That doesn't include the unknown number cast in the late '40s by Lee Grey or the others cast recently by Steve Sellers, but that's a significant number nonetheless.
We love to think there's more information waiting to be unearthed. Going by what we've learned, we'll likely dig it up. This particular chapter may be done but this story is far from over.
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It no longer looks it but the red car in the background is the actual Bean/Tobin car. Curr