1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Name: Bill Ironside
Occupation: President, Telephone Company
Location: La Place, Louisiana
Number of years in the sport: 15
Current Vintage Cars:
1) 1982 Tiga SC82 Sports 2000
2) 1961 Jabro H-modified Special
3) 1979 Team High Ball IMSA RS/KGC AMC Spirit (ex-Patty Moise)
Make: Oldsmobile (Originally bodied as a Chevrolet Camaro re-bodied in 1990)
FIRST RACED BY
Team: Annecca Motor Sports
Driver: Paul DePirro
Sponsors: Bellwether, Chevrolet
Series: 1985 Trans Am Series
Championship Standing: 13th in final points (6 races)
4/21/85 - Firebird T/A - 28th (original logbook issued at this race)
6/22/85 – Detroit T/A – 29th
7/14/85 – Mid-Ohio T/A – 13th
7/21/85 – Brainerd T/A – 11th
8/4/85 – Road America T/A – 7th
9/15/85 – St. Louis T/A – 7th
HISTORY OF THE CAR AFTER FIRST TEAM
In 1986 Paul DePirro drove the car one time at the IMSA Road America 500 mile race, finishing 28th overall and 5th in GTO. In 1987 he sold the car to Raymond Irwin (owner of Blackhawk Farms and Heartland Park Topeka race tracks) who club raced the car for two years. In 1990 he took the car to Sebring for the 12 hour race as a customer car for Craig Carter, Andy Petery, Les Delano and himself. Craig Carter was not happy with the level of prep on the car and they withdrew the entry prior to qualifying.
In late 1990 Raymond Irwin had the car re-bodied as an Oldsmobile
Cutlass, which he claims was the first Oldsmobile bodied car to run in IMSA.
In 1991 the car was entered in the SunTrust 24 Hours of Daytona with Boris
Said III, Lou Giglotti, Mike Nolan, Peter Cunningham and Roger Schram as drivers.
Boris Said qualified the car 19th overall, 3rd in GTO. They finished the race
25th overall and 7th in GTO.
After the Daytona race, Boris Said used the car to qualify for the 1991 SCCA Runoffs and he also used the car in the testing and development of the BF Goodrich radial race tires. The car went through a series of owners before being re-purchased by Raymond Irwin in 2004; it was club raced as a GT1 car until 2007.
CONDITION WHEN RETIRED (OR FOUND)
I purchased the car from Raymond Irwin in April 2007; Raymond was using the car as a rental at his Auto Concepts, Inc. race shop in the Blackhawk Farms race track. The car was in turn key condition having been refurbished the prior year. When I picked up the car, Paul DePirro (the original owner and driver) was there to help load the car and it gave me an opportunity to discuss the history of the car. According to Paul the car has not been materially changed since it was built other than the Oldsmobile bodywork. The frame, suspension and interior tin work are original to the car.
The car is currently undergoing restoration to its 1991 Daytona livery and I expect work to be completed by late summer 2008. I plan to “debut” the car at the September SVRA race at