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Details about  WILD WILLIE BORSCH LEGENDARY DUMMY ARM OFF REVELL WILD MAN FUNNY CAR MARCELLUS

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WILD WILLIE BORSCH LEGENDARY DUMMY ARM OFF REVELL WILD MAN FUNNY CAR MARCELLUS
WILD-WILLIE-BORSCH-LEGENDARY-DUMMY-ARM-OFF-REVELL-WILD-MAN-FUNNY-CAR-MARCELLUS
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Item condition:
Used
Ended:
Jul 15, 2012
Winning bid:
US $2,142.00
48 bids ]
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$12.07 Expedited Shipping | See details
Item location:
La Salle, Michigan, United States

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eBay item number:
330759706420
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Item specifics

Condition: Used Part Brand: vintage simpson bell mt offy edmunds dodge charger
Other Part Number: winged express puffer nhra dragster fiat drag race Manufacturer Part Number:

1971 70 kb hemi bbc alcohol nitro altered t ford

Surface Finish: old dirty tattered stained Interchange Part Number: supercharger 67 68 69 65 66 72 6 hilborn edelbrock
Warranty: No


There are many example photos in this auction, But the dummy arm from Willies funny car is the only item being auctioned. The other items are to be auctioned seperate. See arm pictures near bottom of page.

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One of the most significant pieces of original 1970’s Drag Racing memorabilia has resurfaced in Westland Michigan.

Long thought to have been lost by most racing fans, is the Dummy Arm that “Wild Willie Borsch” raced with, attached to his 1971 Dodge Charger the “Revell’s Wild Man” Funny Car.

For those of you that have never heard of the Wild Man: Wild Willie Borsch was famous for his unique hair-raising, one-handed driving style in the legendary Marcellus-Borsch “Winged Express”.

The Winged Express was an Altered T with short wheelbase, light weight frame, and huge horsepower & torque.

With a Thunder-Clap, Willie would launch the Winged Express off the line, and it was a coin flip which direction all that horsepower, torque and twisting frame would take him.

They say the big man was fearless, and almost never backed off. He just hung on with one hand and tried not to over steer with the other.

I'm told it was that one-handed driving style that led to the Dummy Arm for the Revell’s Wild Man Funny Car. Willie sacrificed a racing glove and left sleeve off of an old racing suit to create the dummy arm.

(Below is an early picture of the Revell’s Wild Man car sportin’ a big Hemi and the Dummy Arm. Sometime later the funny car ran a big Chevy engine).

(Early photo above with Hemi Power, Later photo below with Big Chevy engine).

 

The plastic model kit maker Revell actually made and sold a kit of Willie’s Funny Car, and it came complete with the Dummy Arm. (See picture below).

(A well put together model kit of Willies car pictured above, but not included).

Okay….enough of my fuzzy history lesson. You want to know how I ended up with a racing legends prized possession, and is it real?

The answer is "Yes"…It is the one and only original arm, and here is the story of what happened to the Revell’s Wild Man Funny Car and the Dummy Arm...told by the last known owner Paul Ouellette. (Owner verified on draglist.com).

A couple weeks ago I was helping my Brother In-law Paul Ouellette (Ex-Funny Car Owner, Driver and Crew Chief in the 1970’s) clean out his garage. Three hours into it, we dig way back in the corner where Paul is wrestling with an old cabinet. When he finally gets it open he says…”Well I’ll be Dammed, I forgot I had this stuff”. Paul says to me…”Hey Mike…you ever heard of Willie Borsch”? Did you know he used live here? Before I could answer him….out from the cabinet and into my arms comes an old box of pistons addressed to Willie Borsch from Jahn’s Pistons in Los Angeles California, an envelope full of vintage promotional photo cards Willie used to sign and pass out at the track, and a dirty old mannequin arm with a racing glove and racing suit sleeve attached. (Pictures of this stuff at bottom of auction page).

Paul says…Take these over to the table, while I look for the wheels.

As Paul returns with two rear wheels in hand, I ask him…You want to explain to me how a racing legend ends up living in your garage? Paul says…"Mike, the exact details are a little fuzzy over the years, but here is how I remember it".

Willie lived out west, and when the racing season returned in the east, Willie would follow it here. Walt Knoch (A Detroit Racing Legend and owner of “Walts Puffer”) used to put Willie up while he was racing here. (See Willies last ride pictured below).

I guess there was some sort of falling out between Walt Knoch and Willie, and the Wild Man needed a new place to stay. Paul told Willie he could stay at his place if he wanted. Willie accepted, and he setup a mattress in Pauls garage in Westland Michigan. The Wild Man stayed there during the racing seasons in the east until he retired from racing.

Paul said to me, ”Mike…you would not believe the heart wrenching sadness that filled Willie and those around him during his first months of racing retirment”.

As Paul was finishing up this story, the rugged ex-funny car racers voice had a faint crack developing…and I could tell he had great admiration and respect for the “Wild Man” he called friend, and the memories of that time together.

With a quick clearing of his throat, Paul went on to say he actually owned and raced the “Revells Wild Man” Funny Car for a couple of years. He even handed out some of the left over promotional photos of Willie at those events.

As official racing rules and safety requirements started to change, Paul decided to sell the wild man car, and get an updated car. Paul kept the dummy arm and sold the Wild Man car to a couple of guy’s from Detroit, whom boasted a fantacy of making the funny car street legal, and stomping the street racers in their area. With a chuckle, Paul sold it to them, and watched the Revells Wild Man car leave on a trailer, never to be heard of again. (Or a least not by Paul).

Below is a picture of Paul in a Vega Funny Car he owned from around 1977, and also Rapid Transit which I think was Pauls last car.

So you see…Wild Willie Borsch owned and raced the Revell’s Wild Man car, then Paul Ouellette owned, raced and sold it. The car disappeared into history, but Paul kept the arm and other memorabilia locked away and forgotten until now.

Personal note: After hearing Pauls story, I felt as though we had just found "Thor's Hammer". You know Thor...the Norse God Of Thunder. Turns out that Thor and his hammer are Mythical Legends. But…Wild Willie Borsch was a true Flesh and Blood Quarter Mile Thunder Legend, and this 200 Plus M.P.H. arm is a major part of that legend. (Or at least that is how I feel).

This is a once in a life time chance to own a legendary piece of drag racing history. Don't be shut out. Start doing some sole searching right now on how much you can afford to spend, and then line-up more funds just in case. I've shipped cars and vintage parts all over the world, and sadly enough...this will probably leave America too.

If you have any questions or comments, just shoot me an e-mail through the ask seller a question button. I'll get Paul to help me answer the questions. You can also call me at 73492229fifty. Ask for Mike, or leave message.

There are many example photos in this auction, but the only item being auctioned is the dummy arm from Willies Funny Car. The other items will be auctioned seperate. See arm pictures near bottom of page.

 

 

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Attention: I am not an expert on Willie or Drag Racing. The details in the description from Paul are somewhat fuzzy, as many years have past. I'm sure there are other simular stories remembered differently, from other people back in the day. Don't bid on this auction based on the way one man remembers it. Bid based solely on your own knowledge and research.

Do your own research online for Wild Willie Borsch, or Revell’s Wild Man, also look on draglist.com and use that search box for borsch, or Ouellette, etc…

The dummy arm is in my possession right now, and it is for sale to the highest bidder. I think the starting bid is practically a give-away price for such a highly prized one of a kind item.

The shipping is world wide insured. (International bidders are responsible for any import tax or duties, and are not included in the shipping charge).

Below is a cool Tribute Video

 









































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