This is truly a genuine piece of Limited Edition Diecast Art.
Beautiful and awe-inspiring on its own, it is richly steeped in historical fact.
In the late 40's a daredeveil named Irish Horan led a group of stunt drivers in a travelling auto thrill show known as Irish Horan's Lucky Hell Drivers.
On June 29, 1950 local and national media were gathered in Trenton, N.J.,to film the first public display of a brand new stunt Horan dreamed up for his show.
The core of this new stunt was a recently built larger than life cannon with just enough room to allow a car to pass through it.
Seasoned Hell Driver Buddy Toomey was strapped in and about to drive a new Dodge convertible nicknamed the "Torpedobile" through the Howitzer for the camera crews on hand.
Horan,Toomey and several others had spent 6 months and $30,000 constructing the 55', 84" bore Cannon at a Baltimore steel plant.
With barely 3" of room on each side of the car the plan was to drive up the Cannon at 55mph and fire out the end at 65mph to land on a down ramp 80' away.
Two previous attempts had failed resulting in the total loss of two brand new Studebakers.
With the cameras rolling Toomey entered the barrel and emerged successfully from the other end but crashed face first into dirt when the landing ramp collapsed.
Luckily Toomey walked away but a third new Dodge was totalled.
However, the stunt became the highly anticipated finale of their events containing 28 scheduled stunts.
This 1:72 scale rendering of the Howitzer is 8-1/2" long and was made by Shrock Bros. Toys about 6 years ago.
The '51 Studebaker can be posed in different stages of exit from the barrel and the Cannon can be raised and lowered.
The Studebaker cab is detachable.
The picture is not mine so I can neither take credit or apologize for the fuzziness.
I'm not selling these.
I thought since all our HobbyTalk readers have a keen interest in automobiles that the story and picture would be enjoyed.
--CadillacPat the UnCustomizer--