U-62 Thriftway Too ( USA )

Thriftway Too, 1957 Apple Cup

Owner - Associated Grocers (Thriftway), Willard Rhodes (Seattle)
Designer - Ted Jones
Builder - Les Staudacher
Length - 34ft
Beam - 12ft 8in
Hull - cab-over
Detail - horizontal stabilizer on tail
Colours - mahogany, orange & cream
Power - V12-Rolls-Royce Merlin
Weight - 7,800
Drivers - Ted Jones & Brien Wygle
Best finish - 2nd

Thriftway Too, 1957 Apple Cup
Thriftway Too, Seattle 1957 [Photo  Kirk Pagel]

Thriftway Too, 1958


Detail - stabilizer removed
Driver - Brien Wygle
Best finish - 2nd

Thriftway Too, 1958 Sahara Cup, Lake Mead
Thriftway Too


Drivers - Bill Muncey & Red Loomis
Best finish - 10th

Thriftway Too, 1960


Detail - dorsal fin cut down
Colours - white with orange stripes
Driver - Russ Schleeh
Best finish - 7th

"This 34-footer is unique in unlimited design, with the driver sitting in the bow in front of the engine. Called the 'cabover' design, she weighs 7,000 pounds and has a beam of 12-2/3 feet. She was designed by Ted Jones and built by Les Staudacher in 1957 for the Thriftway Stores of Washington State. The design affords the driver greater visibility and a smoother ride. Thriftway Too is powered by a Rolls Merlin engine and her colors are mahogany with orange and cream stripes."

(Reprinted from This is Hydroplaning by Paul Lowney [1959])

External links:
Fred Farley's comments about Thriftway Too on the H.A.R.M. website

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