|Curt Anderson sent me the following
regarding Joe Puckett and the MPX Special:
"Your picture of Joe Puckett's car is
deja vu for me as I was his gofer off and on from 1959 thru 1961.
It could be that Frank Davis was the driver in that particular shot since
Joe always wore a black driving suit and a black helmet.
MPX stood for "Manske-Puckett Experimental".
Walt Manske was a former record holder in model airplane speed contests
who decided to go racing.
He built the entire car by himself including
pounding out the nifty aluminum body on sand bags. Joe who had been
racing a Triumph TR-3 bought the car and immediately proved to be as fast
as Walt and then went on from there."
More from Curt:
"It should also be noted that this car
was unique in that Walt (Manske)
had the engine laid over on its' side
by some 30 to 45 degrees (don't know the exact amount). As far as
I know this is the only Crosley-powered car to incorporate this feature."