The return of the 'Timbs Special' roadster

By Ken Gross

Many scratch-built custom creations were fully backyard efforts with fundamental engineering based on production car technology, but Norman Timbs' car was very different. So was Timbs. He was a skilled mechanical engineer who'd earlier designed the 1947, '48 and '49 Indy 500-winning Blue Crown Specials, driven by Bill Holland and Mauri Rose, and worked with the irrepressible Preston Tucker on the Tucker 48 Torpedo design. Timbs' was an unsual builder, and his amazing "Timbs Special" roadster was a creation unlike any other.

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