Barney Wimmer Dies at 87

Harry M. "Barney" Wimmer, 87, race car chief mechanic, restorer, died December 30th in Altoona, PA. Services for Barney Wimmer will be at 1:00 PM, January 3, 2000 in Daniel R. Myers Funeral Home in Altoona, PA with calling from 11:00 AM.

Harry M. "Barney" Wimmer, 87, race car chief mechanic, restorer, died December 30th in Altoona, PA.

Services for Barney Wimmer will be at 1:00 PM, January 3, 2000 in Daniel R. Myers Funeral Home in Altoona, PA with calling from 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Blair Memorial Park, Bellwood, PA.

Mr. Wimmer worked more than 35 years restoring racing cars and antique passenger automobiles for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation Hall of Fame Museum. While in the employ of IMS Barney assisted in the restoration of over 27 antique automobiles.

Previously he was Chief Mechanic for Elmer and Mari Hulman George. As a racing mechanic Wimmer won four national auto races. His highest placed car in the Indy 500 was third in 1955 with Jimmy Davies driving.

Wimmer started his racing career after World War II when he worked for legendary car owner and driver Jimmy Wilburn for four years.

He was an elected member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum of Knoxville, Iowa, the Winchester Speedway Oldtimers, and the Indianapolis 500 Shrine Club of the Murat Temple, Scottish Rite. He was an honorary life member of the Indianapolis 500 Old Timers Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Indianapolis 500 Shrine Club, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN.

Wimmer is survived by two sisters, Anna Bartley and Martha Rodgers of Altoona.

Thanks to the Indianapolis Star

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