QUINCY D. EPPERLY enjoyed considerable success as a race car builder. After several years with Frank Kurtis and a brief partnership with Lujie Lesovsky, he formed his own company. In 1957, Jim Rathmann drove an “Epperly” to a second place finish in the Indianapolis 500, directly behind Sam Hanks who drove George Salih’s revolutionary chassis “layover” design for which Quin had crafted the bodywork. George Amick and Tony Bettenhausen finished second and fourth, respectively, in brand-new Epperly “laydowns” in 1958. A third-place finish by Paul Goldsmith in 1960 in an Epperly race car was followed by front-row starts in an Epperly for Don Branson and Jim Hurtubise in 1961 and for Bobby Marshman in 1962. Epperly even crafted the bodywork for Craig Breedlove’s jet-powered “Spirit of American Sonic I,” which exceeded 600 miles per hour for the flying mile over the Bonneville (Utah) Salt Flats in 1965.
Year Inducted: 2008