DICK MAY & BOB HAYSLETT #B29
HENRY HANNEWYK PHOTOGRAPHY
AFTER CHASING LEADS ON WHAT WAS SUPPOSEDLY CLIFF KOTARY'S ENGINE
FOR TWO YEARS I WAS GIVEN BOB HAYSLETT''S NUMBER. CALLING
WATERTOWN I INTRODUCED MYSELF AND FOUND THAT BOB DID HAVE AN
ENGINE BUT IT WASN'T CLIFFS. WOULD HE SELL IT? "I JUST SOLD IT TWO
WEEKS AGO TO FLOYD WATERSON" HE RELATED. SO, AFTER PESTERING
FLOYD FOR TWO MORE YEARS HE FINALLY RELENTED AND IT WAS OFF TO
WATERTOWN. I MET FLOYD OUTSIDE OF TOWN, PAID HIM CASH FOR THE YET
TO BE SEEN ENGINE AND WE WENT TO THE HAYSLETT RESIDENCE ON
SHERIDAN STREET. FLOYD TOLD ME THE ENGINE HAD A'CALIFORNIA'
CRANKSHAFT AND A CLAY SMITH CAM, I WAS THINKING STROKER AND ASKED
BOB MANY QUESTIONS AS WE LOOKED OVER THE FLATHEAD. WE THEN
LOADED IT AND BOB ASKED "WHO'S GETTING THIS ENGINE?" I TOLD HIM I WAS
AND HE SAID "OK, BUT DON'T COOK IT, TAKE CARE OF IT, IT'S GOT A REAL
GOOD RADIUS TAPPET CAM IN IT." I SAID "FLOYD TELLS ME IT'S A CLAY SMITH."
BOB SNORTED, "NO, IT AIN'T NO #$%&*#@! CLAY SMITH, IT'S A CRANE." I
RESPONDED "IT'S A 425-2 RIGHT?" "YEAH" BOB SAID AS HIS EYES LIT UP.
"HOW'D YOU KNOW THAT?" ACTUALLY, IT WAS JUST A LUCKY, BUT EDUCATED
GUESS. BOB THEN SAID, "YOU WANT A STROKER? I GOT ONE UNDER MY BED,
C'MON IN." THUS BEGAN A WONDERFUL FRIENDSHIP WITH MY FLATHEAD GURU
BOB HAYSLETT WHICH LASTED MANY YEARS.
Dick May, 1962
Dick May, watertown, 1963
B29, 1964
B29, 1964
PHOTO'S COURTESY OF BOB AND MIKE HAYSLETT.
BOB WAS A BRILLIANT MAN, HE USED HIS HAM RADIO AND A FAVORABLE DEAL
WITH A FRIEND AT THE TELEPHONE COMPANY TO REGULARLY CONVERSE WITH
RACERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING TOM CHERRY OF INDIANAPOLIS, ED
ISKENDARIAN AND HARVEY J. CRANE. HE WORKED AT DEXTER ELECTRIC CO.
WHICH HAD A SMALL ENGINE DYNO. BOB WOULD TRY OUT IDEAS ON BRIGGS
LAWNMOWER ENGINES ON THE DYNO AND THEN EMPLOY THE GOOD ONES ON HIS
RACE ENGINES. HE TEAMED WITH DICK MAY OF BROWNSVILLE AT WATERTOWN
SPEEDWAY IN THE LATE 50'S AND 1960'S. THE TEAM WON THE TRACK
CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1962 AND REGULARLY FINISHED IN THE TOP TEN IN POINTS AT
THE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE TRACK.
ON LEFT, OUTSIDE POLE FOR STATE FAIR, 1966. DICK FINISHED THIRD IN
THE RACE. RIGHT, WATERTOWN 1964, BOB IN BACKGROUND. J&H PHOTO'S.
WITH CHECKERS AT WATERTOWN, 1967. COURTESY
OF DAVID STOODLEY.
DICK MAY STARTED RACING IN NASCAR IN THE MID-60'S AND MOVED SOUTH
FOR GOOD IN THE EARLY 1970'S, ALWAYS RUNNING COMPETITVELY IN THE
GRAND NATIIONAL CIRCUIT. BOB THEN CONCENTRATED HIS ENGINE BUILDING
TALENTS TO HIS SON MIKE'S AND FRIEND BOB MCREADIE'S RACING EFFORTS.
BOB BUILT MANY OF BAREFOOTS BOSS 302'S WHICH TOOK HIM TO VICTORY.
  
DICK MAY, MCLURE FORD #57
WITH BOB HAYSLETT, 1998
WITH DICK MAY AT CAN-AM, 2001
BOB TAUGHT ME A LOT OVER THE YEARS I KNEW HIM AND I BUILT MY B29 IN
HONOR OF HIM. THE FRAME IS '36 FORD Z'D IN FRONT WITH MODEL RAILS.
THE ENGINE IS PRESENTLY A 4 1/8 X 3 3/8 STROKER, 296 CU. IN. WITH A
WEBER F7 RADIUS CAM COURTESY OF BOB. THE TRANSMISSION IS A 1939
TOPLOADER WITH ZEPHYR GEARS OUT OF THE ORIGINAL B29 AND THE
REAREND IS A HALIBRAND V8 QUICKCHANGE. INDUCTION IS A 1956 HILBORN
UNIT. THE CAR HAS ALWAYS RUN COMPETITIVELY AND BEEN A GREAT JOY
TO DRIVE. IT HAS TAKEN ME TO MANY VICTORIES WITH THE CLUB INCLUDING
THE 1998 STATE FAIR RACE AFTER WHICH I WAS HONORED TO GIVE THE
TROPHY TO BOB.
BOB PASSED AWAY IN 2001 AND I'VE MISSED HIM EVER SINCE. I'LL CONTINUE
TO RACE THE B29 IN HONOR OF HIM AS WELL AS DICK MAY. OH YEAH, THAT
ENGINE THAT BOB SOLD ME WAS A PIECE OF ART, AND REMAINS SO. I HAVEN'T
COOKED IT ALTHOUGH IT SURE DID COOK WHEN I RAN IT. LIKE BOB SAID,
HITTING THE THROTTLE ON THAT THING IS LIKE "STEPPING ON A CAT'S TAIL."
I LOOK FORWARD TO STEPPING ON THAT CAT'S TAIL AGAIN THIS YEAR AND IN
COMING YEARS.
                                                             JEFF ACKERMAN