02/2006 - Trophies
Carolyn Kimes has been very helpful and offered to allow
me to scan all of her old pictured and any documentation from Bob's
racing days with the Alpine. She has even allowed me to come over
and pick out any of his old trophies that belonged with the Alpine.
This is a wonderful addition to the history of this car and a very
generous offer by Carolyn Kimes. Trophy photos will be added once
I have time.
03/2006 - For Sale Ad
Super Alpine racing sleuth Steve Silverstein uncovered this ad
from March, 1963 Competition Press.
$1900.00 was a real deal considering all the work that Bob had
put into this car. I find this interesting because this shows that
Bob was trying to sell this car as early as 1963. It's believed
that he last raced it in the 1965 season and he installed the LSD
in March of 1965. My guess is that Bob was never really happy with
the results of the Alpine and was seeking something more competitive.
I know from local stories and the receipts in my folder that Bob
was starting to drive Mini Coopers around the 1965 time-frame.
06/2006 - Dippers & Pictures
My time in line with our local dippers finally arrived and the
body has now been delivered to be stripped to clean bare metal.
Should be ready to pick up in Aug.
Carolyn sent me a pack of wonderful pictures. Great stuff! Included
are pictures of his Triumph Spitfire in Kimes blue with signature
stripe... makes me wonder if I should paint the stripe on my Wedgewood
Blue Harrington and French Blue Lotus? I also think I need to buy
a mid-60's Chevy van and paint it up to look like Bob's tow vehicle.
Wouldn't that be great! Click on the Kimes Photo
Gallery link to see the new pictures.
08/2006 - Back from the dippers
Body work can now begin on the freshly dipped body shell. Jan and
I were able to mount it in the frame and get the body on it's side
so I can begin work on the floors and front valance. Most of the
body is very solid and the front valance was gone. I have a new
valance to replace the one that was missing. Won't be long before
I have the body painted in epoxy primer and ready for body work.
08/2006 - Trophies!
Today I spent the morning at Carolyn Kimes' beautiful home in Piqua,
Ohio. Carolyn and her family were all very kind and shared stories
and allowed me to go through a large box of old trophies that Bob
had collected through-out his racing career.
There are many 1st place trophies along with several plaques naming
races from 1960 through 1966. These will look great all cleaned
up and on display in a showcase.
10/2006 - Dipped Body
With the dipped body now in the frame I can begin prepping the
car for paint. First step is to clean the body and remove any extra
filler and conduct any weld repair that may need to be done.
With the body nice and clean it's very easy to see
just how much damage there is to the car and what really needs fixed.
As you can see... you know exactly what you have to work with. I'm
very lucky with this car. Since it spent all of it's life as a race
car it has remained very solid. The only repair work will be to
the dents from race track abuse. Note the bottom picture of the
exhaust pass through.
I'm now ready to paint the body in epoxy primer. I've
tried to pull out as much damage as possible and straighten everything
as best I can. I've also attached a new (used) front valance to
replace the one that was missing from the car. It's really starting
to look like an Alpine again. Picture of the painted (in-primer)
body soon to follow.
01/2007 - Letter from Tom Marshall
I just received an email from Tom Marshall, who was
Bob Kimes' best friend and brother to John Marshall as seen in pictures
with Bob in Kimes Gallery.
I'm adding Tom and some of his stories to the Other
names associated with this car section.
02/2007 - More Pictures
Letter from Carolyn Kimes today including more pictures.
Thanks Carolyn! I've added them to the gallery.
Still too cold out to work on the car.
01/2008 - Nancy Frost is found!
An unexpected phone call from Jere Teepen, a family
friend of Nancy Frost, has yielded missing history of her racing
campaign with the car. Jared is going to put me in touch with her
and is making me copies of her scrapbook!
01/2008 - Bodywork
The car is now sitting in my shop ready to go to Youngstown,
Ohio where my buddy Chris Bell will be making it straight and ready
for paint. I stopped doing bodywork on it in August 2007 because
it was time to get an expert body man on the job. Chris will do
an excellent job! All loaded up on the trailer and waiting on a
dry day for me to transport it.
05/2008 - Chris Bell's Shop
Here are some pictures of the Alpine being transported to Chris
Bell's shop in Youngstown, Ohio. Chris wants to fix the filler work
I had started because of my "novice" attempt and he wants
to make it better. He will do a better job of making the metal straight
The car is now in epoxy primer and in the dusty fill
and sand stage. It will be sealed with more epoxy primer after body
work is finished.
09/2008 - Engine, Gearbox & Suspension
I have all the suspension components cleaned by American Metal
Cleaners and resdy for assembly. The front crossmember components
are complete with the original Rootes competition springs and 7/8"
sway bar. Rear springs were lowered by Kimes and have been cleaned,
painted in DP epoxy and are reassembled. The race prepped 1725cc
engine that was in the car when I got it has a crack, so I may go
back to a correct 1600cc block. I'm undecided on that right now.
My first goal is to have all the suspension components assembled
and ready to be bolted on the car so I can roll it around after