2012 Great Race: The Pat Brothers’ Riveting 1931 Buick Shafer 8 Indy Racer

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The “Pat Brothers” are not brothers who share the surname Pat. They are husband and wife named Patricia and Patrick Brothers. Not only do they share a nickname, they share a passion for vintage cars. When they’re not working putting on auctions and other fundraising events for non-profit organizations, they like to drive their old cars in events like the Great Race. Their ride in this year’s Great Race was a 1931 Buick based speedster. It was built by racer Phil Shafer and competed as the “Shafer 8” in the 1931 Indy 500 race, starting 23rd and finishing in 12th place. Since it was built on a ladder frame, I’m not sure of the purpose of all that metal strapping and heavy brass rivets holding the body together, but it does give the car a purposeful, industrial, almost steampunk look. This was one of a number of Shafer built cars in the Great Race this year.

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