Andy Dunlop dies at age 90

Andrew G. Dunlop - 1911-2002 Andrew Gowans Dunlop, who died of natural causes in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, May 10, 2002, was in some ways a living history of American auto racing from Model T dirt track cars to rear engine Offenhausers. Born ...

Andrew G. Dunlop - 1911-2002

Andrew Gowans Dunlop, who died of natural causes in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, May 10, 2002, was in some ways a living history of American auto racing from Model T dirt track cars to rear engine Offenhausers. Born in Montrose, Scotland on October 6, 1911, Andy spent his entire life in racing (except for two years in the Navy 1944-1946) until ill health forced him to retire in 1974.

Wally Stokes won just about every race he entered in 1948 driving Andy's famous Offy-powered "Blue 2" in IMCA and CSRA dirt track competition, but what could have become a formidable partnership was cut short when Stokes was killed in a road accident in 1949. After that Andy was chief mechanic on the championship cars owned by Clevelander Pete Salemi that were entered in the Indianapolis 500 from 1953 through 1966.

The Indy cars most often carried the Number 81 and were usually known as Central Excavating Specials although their best finish was sixth in 1965 with driver Mickey Rupp when the car was the G. C. Murphy Special. They also placed 19th with Len Sutton in 1961 when their Watson-Offy was the No. 8 Bryant Heating & Cooling Special and 27th with Allen Crowe in 1963 when their Trevis-Offy was the No. 35 Gabriel Shocker. Andy was credited with six wins on the AAA/USAC championship trail, one with George Amick (Langhorne 1956), one with Art Bisch (Milwaukee 1958), one with Tony Bettenhausen (Trenton 1959) and three with Len Sutton (Trenton 1958, Springfield 1959 and Milwaukee 1960).

Andy is survived by his wife Dorothy who is in the same nursing home where he died, but she is too ill to respond to condolences. They were married for 55 years but had no children.

-Tom Saal-

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