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Dean Lowry's Mouse Trap

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This is a picture I took at Bug In 32 of Dean Lowry's Mouse Trap. It was at the time owned by Chris Morley of LA. Chris collects all sorts of vintage VW items. Man would I like to see that car run again.

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I know I couldn't afford it so I never even looked. Usually Chris Morley asks a premium price for what he is selling, so I could only guess, IT WAS A LOT!!!
The Mouse Trap Was not owned by Dean, it was owned and built by Howard Muse. He owned a shop in Bellflower Ca. called the Mouse House; Dean just drove it a few times. It almost became my first race car in the early 70s. It was first sold to Larry Shaw and renamed Cream De Scream, then sold to Fred Simpson, then to BUGPACKs Rick Sadler not sure who he sold it to.
Dominick, thanks for the clarification. I just remember seeing Dean's name on the side of the car. Maybe Rick can share some more history on this car.
I would love to have a car with a history like that.

Good to see some historical vehicles are here still and not all overseas
Dominick Luppino said:
The car is now in Europe :mad:
Damn, that sucks. Isn't there some kind of VW law that says no more of our cars can be shipped out of the USA.
Dominick Luppino said:
The car is now in Europe :mad:
****!! Not another one!
Dominick Luppino said:
The Mouse Trap Was not owned by Dean, it was owned and built by Howard Muse. He owned a shop in Bellflower Ca. called the Mouse House; Dean just drove it a few times. It almost became my first race car in the early 70s. It was first sold to Larry Shaw and renamed Cream De Scream, then sold to Fred Simpson, then to BUGPACKs Rick Sadler not sure who he sold it to.
Actually I bought the car from Larry Shaw in 1979 and painted it white (formally a cream color) and sold it to Fred Simpson in 1981. I don't think Fred ever did anything with the car other than sell to the guy who was working with Russ Arao at Arao Engineering when Russ was trying to get his VW Hemi Head to work. At that time they put the "Whip It" moniker on the side of the car. When I saw the car at Bug-In 32 it still had the same tires and wheels when I drove it in 1979. This car was the wildest ride I ever owned. I think maybe the fact that it was lightened (swiss cheesed everywhere even the springplates!) so much really made for a poor handling car. My quickest run was 11.24 @ 114 mph. I had the opportunity to drive it at EBI-1 but declined as I am much older and wiser than when I was 19 years old. ;)
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Rick,

Thanks for the update.

"HOLES IN THE SPRING PLATES"? WOW, i would rather watch that one run than drive it LOL

What ever happened to Russ Arao and his heads. I heard he passed away or business quit?

Never see those heads for sell?
http://www.araoengineering.com/VWheads.htm

Here's a link to the heads. I never saw them ever make a full pass in that car. I affectionately call the car "Death Trap". :eek:
Rick Sadler said:
http://www.araoengineering.com/VWheads.htm

Here's a link to the heads. I never saw them ever make a full pass in that car. I affectionately call the car "Death Trap". :eek:
Thats cool! They still make them huh? Lots of money!!!

If they are worth that money they should perform good enough race cars would want them and I don't see anyone using them on the BIG engine?

Anything you call the "deathtrap" is not a car I would want to drive LOL :-\
Rick Sadler said:
Dominick Luppino said:
The Mouse Trap Was not owned by Dean, it was owned and built by Howard Muse. He owned a shop in Bellflower Ca. called the Mouse House; Dean just drove it a few times. It almost became my first race car in the early 70s. It was first sold to Larry Shaw and renamed Cream De Scream, then sold to Fred Simpson, then to BUGPACKs Rick Sadler not sure who he sold it to.
Actually I bought the car from Larry Shaw in 1979 and painted it white (formally a cream color) and sold it to Fred Simpson in 1981. I don't think Fred ever did anything with the car other than sell to the guy who was working with Russ Arao at Arao Engineering when Russ was trying to get his VW Hemi Head to work. At that time they put the "Whip It" moniker on the side of the car. When I saw the car at Bug-In 32 it still had the same tires and wheels when I drove it in 1979. This car was the wildest ride I ever owned. I think maybe the fact that it was lightened (swiss cheesed everywhere even the springplates!) so much really made for a poor handling car. My quickest run was 11.24 @ 114 mph. I had the opportunity to drive it at EBI-1 but declined as I am much older and wiser than when I was 19 years old. ;)
This is a picture I took of "Whip It" racing "Craigs Toy" at Bug 27. Man those were the days.

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What are those front wheels? I don't think I've seen those before (that I can remember.)

Oh and Rich, I agree 100%-- I wish there was a law that restricted ANY car pre-1975 from ever leaving the country. Somebody please vote me President, I'll have this place whipped into shape in no time. Gimme a year. ;)
[size=10pt][size=10pt]ETR FOR PRESIDENT RAH RAH RAH.[/size][/size]
ErikTheRed said:
What are those front wheels? I don't think I've seen those before (that I can remember.)

Those are Halibrand Magnesium spindle mount wheels.
It is strange that no one over there seems to step up and buy any of these cars when they are ut up for sale,maybe we are paying over the value for them? but surely they are only going to go up in price? and therefore can be viewed as an investment,how many of our races cars are like that?whats more of a shame is the guy that owns it doesnt sem interested in getting the car running properly,just showing everyone,look what i got,to me race cars are for racing not bragging about

cheers richie,uk
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