Don Eichstaedt/Martin Birrane '69 T/A Boss 302
© Steve Francis, Ed Ludtke, Wolfgang Kohrn -  April, 4th 2004, last updated 2010

 


Picture courtesy Ralph Hibbard jr
Picture courtesy www.greenfieldgallery.net/Ralph Hibbard jr.
Note: The #70 was typically the Warren Tope number, but in fact this is the Don Eichstaedt car in the 1970 Road America race

(Scan of Polaroid from Kar Kraft thanks to Mike Friedlander)


(Scan of Polaroid from Kar Kraft thanks to Mike Friedlander)


(Scan of Polaroid from Kar Kraft thanks to Mike Friedlander)


(Scan of Polaroid from Kar Kraft thanks to Mike Friedlander)

Picture courtesy Gus Tarrab
Picture courtesy Gus Tarrab


Picture courtesy Jay Schultz
Picture courtesy Jay Schultz
Don Eichstaedts/Martin Birranes car as it appeared 2001 in Dearborn at the 100 Years of Ford Racing.




Ex Kar Kraft test mule for the 1970 T/A program.


Picture shows the car, when it was actually build - note the Moonlighter race team decal on the rear
(Scans of Polaroids from Kar Kraft thanks to Mike Friedlander)


This car was used for 1970 Boss 302 development, used to create Ford "Muscle Parts" for Trans-Am racing. This car was built by Kar Kraft to develop the Books on Chassis and Engine modifications for SCCA racing. All the photos in the Chassis mod book are of this car.
When finished it was raced by Kar Kraft engineer (66-70) Don Eichstaedt in SCCA A/S National events. In 11/70 Ford closed Kar Kraft and this car was sold to Martin Birrane (of LOLA cars) in England. 


(Scan of Polaroid from Kar Kraft thanks to Mike Friedlander)

It was later raced very successfully in Europe in '71-76 in Group 2. Eric Walker sold the car to David Tom who returned it to the U.S.


David sold it and it was then vintage raced for 5 seasons and retired.
Previous owner Donnie Gould has done a complete cosmetic and mechanical restoration to the car and it was at the 100 years of Ford Racing event in 2001.

 In 2003 it was sold through an auction to current owner Mike Friedlander.

Check out further info on this car during Martin Birranes through to Mike Friedlanders ownership here.


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