"Real Weld Modifieds"

Weld Racing East located in Loganville, PA - (Approx date:  January/February 1976)
Photographer Ken Johnson - Provided By Ken Johnson

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Based on the information received to date, the cars listed in the table below were built by Kenny Weld, and were then driven by Kenny Weld, or sold directly from Kenny to the team/driver's listed below.  The car featured in the large photo was as that particular car appeared when it was first raced by either Kenny or the original purchaser/race team. 

We will update the section as more information is provided by you guys!


The First Weld Modified:

Rich Young photo - Provided by Rich Young and Joe Cryan

Weld Built Weikert white, red & blue #29 with gold #'s driven by Kenny Weld in 1974.  (Some pictures show the car with a lighter shade of blue than others.) We also have pictures of this same car being driven Kenny as a #91 with gold #'s which was driven after he was no longer flying the Weikert name.  That car was sold to Statewide Racing at the end of the 1975 season, and was repainted red and renumbered to #3 and was first driven by Billy Osmun (at Syracuse) and also by Kenny Weld at the end of 1975 season.)  The following season (spring of 1976) the car was driven by Gary Balough also as a red Statewide #3.  We also found a picture from a 1976 Statewide program that had Kenny Brightbill behind the wheel on at least one night (while Balough was in the newer team car.) 

At some point, this same car then became the Fast Company #2 that would eventually be driven by Billy Osmun, Kevin Collins & Jeff Hoetzler.  Near the end of it's run (early 80's) a coupe body would be installed with Jeff Hoeztler behind the wheel and would be campaigned as the #J17 "Hazel" coupe.  At some point, an 80's style body replaced the coupe body, again, with driver Jeff Hoeztler at the controls.  I'm told this car has been restored (not sure which version it was restored to) and is in a museum in NY. 

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Kenny Weld #29 1974

Kenny Weld #29 1974

Kenny Weld #29 1974

Kenny Weld #29 1974

Kenny Weld #29 1974

Kenny Weld 1974

Kenny Weld (1974)

Kenny Weld 1974 (Syracuse)

Kenny Weld (darker blue Weikert's Livestock car - smaller #'s, no window in 1/4 panel) 1975?

Kenny Weld (darker blue Weikert's Livestock car - smaller #'s, no window in 1/4 panel) 1975?

Kenny Weld #91 1975 (after no longer sponsored by Weikert)

Billy Osmun (1975)

Kenny Weld (original chassis) (late 1975)

Not sure of driver (1975)
 
Gary Balough (original chassis) 1976

Gary Balough (original chassis) 1976

Jimmy Horton 1976

Jimmy Horton 1977

Jimmy Horton 1977?

Kramer Williamson

Possibly "tested" by Max Isles at the #711 at East Windsor Speedway (1978 or '79?)

Billy Osmun 1980

Ed Demolino

Kevin Collins

Jeff Hoetzler

Jeff Hoetzler (maybe the original chassis?)

Jeff Hoetzler (maybe the original chassis?)
more on way more on way more on way

Where is it now?


The car had been on display at the Dirt Modified Hall of Fame and Museum in Weedsport through 2016, however the car changed ownership in early 2017, and we are told is no longer on display.


The above photo is from Jack Kromer - Taken at Port Royal Speedway on 5/27/17, with both Weikert #29's taking a few laps.
 


The 2nd Weld Modified:

The "Sidewinder #91 (1975)
Car referred to as "the 2nd Weld Car" built by Kenny Weld (1975).  Photographer unknown - Provided By Tim McGuire

Weld Built red, white, & blue "Sidewinder" driven by Kenny Weld (sold to Britt Batty who ran it as a #64 - see note from July '75 Bridgeport Speed Scene):

From what I've learned, Sonny Dornberger as referenced in the article above, would field two blue #99 Gremlin racers.  The #91 as pictured above, that then became the Britt Batty #64, would eventually become one of the Dornberger #99 cars.   Note:  Not sure if this was actually the 2nd car made, or if it was referred to as the "2nd car" because it to be a 2nd generation of Weld (front suspension different, and other changes.)  This car was different than the first car, and different than all other cars produced for customers.  It is a true one of a kind car.

Here's a Tri-State Newspaper clipping from 5/28/75 that helps to establish when the car was raced by Kenny Weld:

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Kenny Weld #91 ('75)

Kenny Weld #91 ('75)

Kenny Weld #91 ('75)

Kenny Weld #91 ('75)

Kenny Weld #91 ('75)

Britt Batty#64 ('75)

Britt Batty #64  ('75)

Britt Batty #64  ('75)

Billy Pauch (78)

Billy Pauch (78)

Meme Desantis

Meme Desantis

Meme Desantis

Meme Desantis

Restored by Tim McGuire & Guy Custer

Lettered by Scott Kania

Motorsports 2011

Wayne Weaver at New Egypt Speedway

Where is it now?


Tim McGuire and Ray Evernham at Ray's shop in NC.  The car now is owned by Ray Evernham and is part of Ray's collection in North Carolina.
 
 


Reference 3rd Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Mike Shaub photo - Provided by Mike Shaub

The George Moskat MK Foreign Car #11 1976 (Stopped driving the car in 07/11/76.)
Weld Built new for George Moskat (MK Foreign Cars) driven by Kenny Weld first as a yellow #11, and then the # was changed to #91 (for a change of luck because they kept blowing right rear tires!)  Then became the white #56 driven by Gary Hieber, then sold to Clay Woodington who ran it at Grandview as a yellow #94.

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Kenny Weld

#91 Kenny Weld (center car #91) 1976

Gary Hieber

Gary Hieber

Gary Hieber

Gary Hieber

Clay Woodington
more on the way... more on the way... more on the way... more on the way... more on the way...

Where is it now?

Nobody knows....  Last driver known was Clay Woodington, yellow #94 at Grandview.
 


Reference 4th Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Terry Shaub photo - Provided by Ed Shaub Collection - 1976

#19 Statewide Racing  (originally driven as pictured here by Kenny Brightbill at Reading)

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


The Statewide #19 1976

Kenny Brightbill 1976

Brightbill 1977

Tony Pagano

Tony Pagano
more on the way...
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Where is it now?


The car had been on display at the Dirt Modified Hall of Fame and Museum in Weedsport, however the car was advertised in AARN as being for sale in May 2017.
 


Reference 5th Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Ace Lane Jr photo - Provided by Stan Zemanek

The Stan Ploski #27 1976

Weld Built  new for Stan Ploski yellow, orange & red #27 driven by Stan Ploski.  Then became the John Wojnar white #30 (Flemington Sportsman) and the Jeff and Rod Hanna blue #63 (Flemington Sportsman).
We are told that the car was then bought from the Hanna brothers by Rich Keddy, who ran the car as a #57 in 1983 & 1984 in NY (not at Flemington.).   The car was then sold to John Hankamp.
 

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Stan Ploski 1976

Stan Ploski 1976

John Wojnar

Jeff Hanna
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Where is it now?

Unsure.  Last owner was John Hankamp

Told that the car was in the upstate NY area until 2005, at which time it might have been sold to someone in PA.

Thank you Mark Braun for additional information.
 


Reference 6th Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Photographer possibly John Grady - Provided by Vanessa DeLucas

The Will Cagle #24 1976
Weld Built new for Will Cagle white #24 driven by Will Cagle.

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Will Cagle 1976

Will Cagle
more on the way... more on the way... more on the way... more on the way...
Not sure if the this became the Schneider #2 or not... The shape of the hood is similar, but we're not 100% sure if it's the same car below:

Might have become the Frankie Schneider #2

Frankie Schneider

Frankie Schneider

Frankie Schneider
more on the way.... more on the way....

Where is it now?


Possibly this same car that is now owned by Wyatt Jacobus Jr, and as seen (above) on display at the Hunterdon County Fair in Aug 2010.
 
 


Reference 7th Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Paul Irving photo - Provided by Paul Irving
The B&M Speed Shot #14J 1976

Note:  Originally, we weren't sure if there were 2 different Weld cars driven by Alan Johnson, but recently received the following additional information from Vault Visitors:


From Vault Visitor "BV"  (03.02.18):  

In 1974 Alan drove Tom Uwing white Corvair #14j.  They had a fight in July, and Tom left.  Bob Cole (Vogle's Collision) brought the mig welder to B&M Speed Shop.  Me and Barry Johnson got an old coupe together in 1 week to finish the season at Canandaigua and Weedsport.  Went dry. (didn't qualify.)   It was purple and yellow (same colors as the Weld Circus Car would later be.) 

All of Alan's cars were #'d 14j.  First Weld car was white and red.  One came in the winter of 1975, and was one of the first 6 Weld cars made (I think #6.)  Ran in the summer of 1976.   Had 105" drag tires on it.  In August, Milt bought a set of tires for rear 120" & 125".  

The second Weld car came later that year.  It was from the second batch (of 8 or 9) cars that Kenny made.  It hung in the ceiling at B&M for a few months, to keep it out of the way.  We only had one bay to work in.   It was Easter Egg purple and yellow and was also #14j. 

We set it up for Syracuse.  Moved the engine ahead 2 or 3" get more weight on the front end, and had softened rear springs.  Had some trouble because we put hard low profile tire on for Syracuse and went out to do 2 lap qualify on two new Firestone no dot tires (really soft 35 durometer.)   Syracuse was all cinders then.  Al came back in after 2 laps and the tires were bald (down to the canvas), and a slow time.  It was Wemble's idea. 

The Weld cars were made for drag tires, for tacky clay like at Reading and Canandaigua.  We also had put on a Holley carb  that Cliff got from Smokey Yunick (Fla).  He used to call and talk to Milt at B&M.  The carb didn't work out for mile track.  

Both cars ran in 77 and 78.  I think they took the 2nd car to Florida in those years.  I think it was late 78--79 that glen Donnelley GOT A SUITCASE FULL OF $$$ from Goodyear to change the rules to low profile type tires of today.  That's when everyone was starting to use torsion bars.   In the winter of 79 (I think) they sent the white and red car (the car referred to above as possibly the 6th Weld car built) out to be changed to torsion bar. 

I'll try to find Barry J.  He lived everyday at shop (and he made that car go) to see if he can remember dates.


From Vault Visitor "Chris" (12.09.17):  The red one was used in 1976, 1977 white body and partially in 1978 with red body. The red weld car was driven by Pep Pepicelli for 79 season.


From Vault Visitor Bruce Ferrell (07.15.16): 

Alan drove two weld cars that were owned by Cliff Barcomb.   Wwembly Construction was owned by by cliff, thus the Wembly name on the cars.

First car was built totally by Weld and was originally painted white with red/orange border trim.  At some point (maybe between seasons or before Syracuse) the white car was painted red with white border trim.  It was fast on tacky tracks with drag rubber on.

The second car was a Weld frame (reportedly the last one built by Kenny) that went as a bare frame to Tobias Speed Shop in Pennsylvania where it had a four torsion bar suspension installed instead of Kenny's coil over original suspension.   It was painted the three color scheme (yellow,pink, red) I believe by Bob Myer (Meyer?).  If I can find my old pictures, I have some of the second car before it was raced, it had quite the mural on the back panel.

When Alan and car owner Cliff Barcomb (Wembley construction) split, Barcomb took both Weld cars.   If memory is correct, one car became #11 that Pep Pepicelli drove. 
 


This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Alan Johnson 1976?

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson
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Reference 8th Weld Modified:

2nd #14J Weld Modified:

Note:  Not sure who provided the information that follows, but if it looks familiar, please let me know so I can give credit!  Thanks.

Barcomb/Johnson team did have two Weld cars. The 1st car (original) was red and white.  The second car (pictured above) was referred to as the "Circus Car," and was bought shortly after first. The Circus Car was pink and yellow, and was assembled over winter of 1978.

About mid August of 1979, the team had a falling out and Alan Johnson tells me that after the falling out, he no longer drove the Circus Car.  From what I’ve read and heard, he was only out of the car for one week.  Milt Johnson retook possession of car, and the car was then run by Alan Johnson at ESW in Middletown in 1979.  He also might have driven it in October at Syracuse. I believe over the winter, Barcomb retook possession of the car.

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Alan Johnson 1978

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson ('78 or '79)

Alan Johnson 1979

Alan Johnson 1979
more on the way...
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Where is it now?

Car was located in Canada, and purchased in above condition in 2017 - Plans are to restore it to an earlier version.

 

 


Reference 9th Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Paul Irving photo - Provided by Paul Irving

The Statewide #3 (2nd red #3) 1976
#3 Statewide Racing - (2nd red #3) driven by Jimmy Horton at the end of the 1976 season and in this photo, by Richie Evans

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Richie Evans

Richie Evans

Jimmy Horton

Jimmy Horton

Sammy Beavers/Thode Racing 1979

Fritz Epright/Thode Racing
Mick Wasitowski driven #33 more on the way... more on the way... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way...

Where is it now?

Nobody knows....  It was driven by Mickey Wasitowski at Flemington, and then sold to ???
 


Reference 10th Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Paul Irving photo - Provided by Paul Irving

The Bahre Racing #24D 1976.  Possibly driven from 1976-1979.
Weld Built new for Bahre Racing white & blue #24D owned by Bahre Racing and driven by Ed Delmolino.

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Ed Delmolino 1976

Ed Demolino 1977

Ed Demolino 1980
more on the way... more on the way... more on the way...
more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way....

Where is it now?

...not sure.
 


Reference 11th Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Earl Clouser photo - Provided by Jim Biehl

The Weicheki Special #74 1976
Weld Built new for Weichecki Racing, white & brown #74 driven by Walt Olsen.  Car was later driven with a white body with the #"s painted differently, and then painted pink and driven by Al Graeber and Bobby Braxton.

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Walt Olsen 1976
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Walt Olsen
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Walt Olsen

Walt Olsen

Walt Olsen & Alan Johnson.. 1976

Al Graeber

Bill Stief

Bobby Braxton

Bobby Braxton
more on the way... more on the way... more on the way...

Where is it now?



The car was restored by, and is owned by Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club member Larry Housman.


2015 (Larry Housman)
 


Reference 12th Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Barmore Racing photo - Provided by Mark Braun

The Harold Bunting #19 (year?)
Weld Built new for Harold Bunting white #91 driven by Harold Bunting.  Then driven as the Steve Dale owned/Harold Bunting driven red #19, blue #19 and black #19.  Then driven as a red #188 (80's style body) by Bobby Wilkins.

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Harold Bunting

Harold Bunting

Harold Bunting

Harold Bunting

Harold Bunting

Bobby Wilkins
more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way....

Where is it now?

The car has been restored and is owned by Chad Culver, and is on display at the Culver Auto Racing Museum in North Carolina.
For more information on the car, visit Chad's website at:
https://www.culverautoracingmuseum.com/the-collection?lightbox=dataItem-j0b143mg10
 
 


Reference 13th Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Photographer Unknown - Provided by Phil Long

The Weld Offset/Slammed #91 (year?)
Weld Built radically offset white #91 (at one time Hemi powered).  Then became the Walt Breeding yellow #1.

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Kenny Weld

Kenny Weld

Kenny Weld

Kenny Weld

Walt Breeding

Walt Breeding

Walt Breeding
more on the way... more on the way... more on the way... more on the way.... more on the way....

Where is it now?

...not sure.
 


 

 

 
"Weld Cars" built by Walt Olsen using the plans and jigs that he purchased from Kenny Weld when he decided to stop building modifieds sometime during the 1976 season.
The following "Weld" cars were built by Walt Olsen:


Reference 1st Walt Olsen Built Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Terry Shaub photo - Provided by Ed Shaub Collection

The Walt Olsen #81 1977
Walt Olsen (Built using Weld plans on Weld jigs - built by Walt Olsen)

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Walt Olsen
more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way....

Where is it now?



The car was restored by Walt Olsen in 1980, and is owned by Mark Braun.


2006 (restored)
 


Reference 2nd Walt Olsen Built Weld Modified:
(not sure what order built, or what order sold in...)

Photographer Unknown - Provided by Mark Braun

The Roy Weist #48
Built using Weld plans on Weld jigs - built by Walt Olsen) Later driven by Charlie Eckert  at Bridgeport Speedway.

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Roy Weist

Roy Weist
more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way....

Where is it now?

No idea....  The last word we have is that it was run as the #48 by Roy Weist.


....And here's the last Kenny Weld built dirt Modified:

 

The Batmobile - 1980
The Last Modified That We Are Aware That Kenny Weld Was Involved in Building.


Rick Sweeten photo - Provided by Rick Sweeten
 ....If we're talking about Weld Built modified, then we need to also include the one of a kind "Lincoln Continental bodied "Batmobile" driven by Gary Balough at Syracuse, 1980.

This car, and other "versions" of this car are pictured below:


Gary Balough (1980)

Gary Balough (1980)

Anthony Ferraiuolo (1981)

Anthony Ferraiuolo (not sure of year)

Anthony Ferraiuolo (not sure of year)

Merv Treichler (1986)

Doug Wolfgang (1987)
more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way.... more on the way....

Where is it now?

Allen Ross photo - Provided by Allen Ross
The "Batmobile" with driver Gary Balough at the 2017 running of the Eastern States event at OCFS.
The car has been fully restored, and Gary, behind the wheel of the #112, paced the field prior to the start of the event.
From what I am told, the car is absolutely amazing.... 
 
 
 
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11.22.14

Doug Megill

Was Phil Hares 325 a Weld car ?  Kind of looks like a Weld but who knows?

11.23.14 3Wide I saw Phil in the stands a few years ago at New Egypt and asked him about the car and although it looked like a Weld car, it wasn't.  I think he built it himself.
11.25.14

Rob Spilatore

Regarding the #91 owned by Moskat, I have a picture of this car somewhere, but so far haven’t been able to locate it.  You might want to ask someone who has Stock Car Racing Mags from the 70’s.  The picture I have is from an article on Kenny Weld called “Race Cars for Sale”.  The Moskat #91 was a centerfold picture in the magazine….
10.15.16 Debi Weld Referencing where U wrote,  ... we "think" there were a total of 12 cars built by Kenny Weld, plus the #112 Batmobile.
U might want 2 clarify that referring 2 Modifieds only in that total, Dad built several Sprint Cars in his lifetime as well as a Mini-Sprint 4 me.
... also ... I remember Dad telling me, after The Lincoln's (Batmobile) only race, they rewrote the rules & the car was no longer considered legal. (There's a saying that, I feel, 'is' Dad, "Know the rules so U can break them properly.") He said they had 2 break it down & rebuild it. Rebuilt/redesigned as a Mustang (I believe for the same race the next year, 1981). When it came time 4 inspection, before he would uncover/reveal the car he asked, "If it passes inspection, will  U let this car race?" He said they wouldn't give him a guarantee...  (Apparently, they reserved the right 2 change the rules...?) ... they packed up & went home.
10.15.16 3Wide Thank you for the the comment (above) and for the first hand information.  I will remember that saying, "Know the rules so you can break them properly!"   I think that is very revealing of the higher level that your dad approached things. 

Regarding the clarification on the amount of cars built, we added "dirt modifieds" (at the bottom of this page) so folks know that we were not talking about sprint cars, or other.
03.02.18 Bill

(Regarding the #14J cars): 
First car R&W was #6 from first batch of Weld built modifieds. The 2nd car was I think was #8 of second batch of 12 Ken built.

Ken came to B&M a few times teach us about  the car + DRAG TIRES.  New ring & pinion every 3 weeks, like clock work.  Wembly Constuction, Cliff loved Richard Petty.  Brought him to B&M a few times.  Cliff was a-----------character, attaché cases full of $100 bills. Way to much miss spent youth.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


Working off of the list in the Pat Singer AARN article above, and with the additional information provided by Mark Braun, Ken Johnson, John McCaughey, Rick Shive, "KM", Danny Hieber, Mark Yaple, Mike Shaub and others (along with a few of my thoughts thrown in there....) we "think" there were a total of 12 dirt modifieds built by Kenny Weld, plus the #112 Batmobile. 

In addition to the 12 modifieds mentioned that were built by Weld, additional "Weld Dirt Modifieds" were built by Walt Olsen using the plans and jigs that he had purchased from Kenny Weld once Kenny had decided not to produce more cars himself.


We will update the above as more information is received.


Photo By:  Terry Shaub - Ed Shaub Collection
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