Eagle Track Roadster
Cecil Funk Special

For Sale
contact: Bill Bottorff

Carrera Panamericana type Race Car, built in 1956 by Cecil Funk of Springfield, Illinois

This car is inspected, licensed in Texas as an antique, insured and ready for the road. The summer of 1999 this car was driven from Winfield, KS to The Last Run in Arkansas City, Kansas. It now has radial tires, which driver much better than the original bias ply tires. Directional signals have been very discreetly added which helps in traffic. Once you get used to the strange shift pattern (Lazy H) it is easy and fun to drive. It is still very intimidating to think of going all out in this car for 2000 miles of Mexican roads. Someday we (or somebody) may want to try it, this car should be eligible for the Re-enactment race that was held every fall. The car is in Heath, TX and is for sale.
1956 Open Wheeled Race Car
Built by Cecil Funk of Springfield, Illinois
One of Five, built in the style of Pan American Road Race Specials of the 1950's such as the El Caballo de Hierro (The Iron Horse) and the Ferrari 375 Mille Miglia Vignale Spyder.
1956 Ford Police Interceptor 312 ci V8
96 inch Wheelbase, 62 in. Front Track, 60 in. Rear Track
1954 Chevrolet Truck Front Axel, Rear Axel 2.70:1
3 Speed overdrive transmission
with lazy H shift pattern
Sold by Cecil Funk to Joe Ori in 1967. Joe Ori and his sons Restored and Registered in 1967 as '67 Chevrolet Modified Sport Roadster
Sold by Joe Ori to Steve Skipton in 1980
Campaigned by Eagle Track Racing (where?)
Steve Skipton, Driver - Dave McQuinn, Mechanic
Became Part of the Rosen-Novak Collection in Omaha, NE. untill mid '80's
Sold by Rosen-Novak Collection to Jim Sorenson (Omaha area Stock Car Racer) in mid '80's
Sold by Jim Sorenson to his son (and pit crew) Brent Sorenson in 1995
Purchased by Bill Bottorff in 2001

We would like to contact anyone who knows anything about any of these cars or the people who built and raced them. My brother Jim Bottorff met a guy in the grocery store parking lot in Winfield who had a friend in high school in Massachusetts who had one of these cars. There must be others who know something.

Write to Bill Bottorff
(or call:
H. 512-327-5484
C. 512-968-8192)

From Cecil Funk II (Phone conversation Aug. 17, 2007)                From Gary Ori (email 10/22/2012)

Cecil Funk circa 1958.                                                                   Cecil Funk & Joe Ori 1967
Cecil Funk was the chief body man at Bates Chevrolet in Springfield. (Bates later became Friendly Chevrolet.)
The car in these pictures was built starting in 1956, about two years before these pictures were taken.
This car was purchased in 1967 by Joe Ori who was a Service Writer at Bates Chevrolet.
Joe sold the car to Steve Skipton, another Springfield car guy, in about 1982.
My guess is that Steve painted the car before racing it. Then it got it's current paint when it went into the museum.

This is how the car looked when I bought it in 2001.

Another car was built and sold as a rolling chassis to Wally Troy in 1958.

Troy put a Chevy Corvette 283 engine in it. It was featured in a Hot Rod Magazine article in October 1960 (we are looking for this article). The Troy car had an aluminum frame and an aluminum body which was very unusual for a hot rod in that time period. Cecil Funk was the only guy in Springfield that was build aluminum cars in the mid fifties.

This car has been restored by Bill Hebal of Stephens Point, Wisconsin who showed it at the 2003 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show in Springfield, IL. Cecil Funk II reports that he saw this "Cecil Funk Special" at this show and that it was in show willing condition..

Cecil Funk was born in Funkhauser, IL in June of 1919 and served in the Rangers in the South Pacific in WWII. He saw action on New Guinea and in the Phillipines. After the war he worked as a strip miner in Rushville and as a house painter before taking up car body work. He was acknowledged to be one of the best body men around who could fix anything, or build it from scratch if necessary.

Below are Cecil Funk, his family and his car. Pictures were taken at the Cecil Funk home in 1958. Note Cecil Funk II in shorts with his Mom Marjorie and his sister Cecilia in the car with her Dad.

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The racer at the 2001 Last Run in Arkansas City, KS.