In the fall of 1968 we sold a new 1969 Skiroule SX-740 to a friend and co-worker . He raced it once in early winter 1968. He raced it just as manufactured , complete with the high-performance flex tubing exhaust system , for which Skiroule was famous. Shortly he received his draft notice . He joined the Navy and dad returned his money. We got the 740 back. That started a trend that hasn't stopped. We had the Sachs cylinders bored .100 over, modified the engine and added chambers. Dad and I switched out driving , we did well locally . In Mod. V , I remember running against mostly 669 Doo's, 744 Pols and 634 Panthers. Luckily I don't recall any Honkers. The 69-70 race season rolled around . Big surprise
, the 740 wasn't competitive anymore. Over the next 18 months we sold and then took on trade, that sled over and over again. In early 72 the PTO end of the crank broke . We got it on trade again. I pulled the engine , put it under a bench and forgot about it. The chassis gathered dust for another year. Then two teenage brothers with a plan, bought the chassis . Coming in evenings and week-ends, with our dad's help they dropped in a new CCW ( I think ). After refurbishment and repainting it a slightly different color , it was gone and soon forgotten . Fast forward 20 or so years , Derwood started asking and looking for the sled. No luck , it had simply vanished . Dad reassured us that was no biggy , he had stashed all the SX-740 specific chassis parts away. We rested easy. Why we never moved all those parts and the engine to one location , we don't know.
Fast forward to 2016 , Derwood and I finally decided to make the 740 sing again. Well we started by cleaning , organizing and repairing the engine . I hadn't misplaced or ruined it , but not for some lack of trying. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Dad's gone now , so the two of us started looking for the parts. We searched everywhere twice or more. Nothing other than the special front axle could be found. What were we to do ? Well without the patience and help of Dennis Sawyer of Chatham NY , Dan Nimsgern and the Warning family , the way back engineering rebuild/rebirth of this sled would not be possible. Thanks a lot guys