In 1949/1950 Irwin had a brand new, black 1949 Ford. It had a 'full house' Offenhauser equipped engine and Orvel "Speed" Reichert remembers Irwin beating the hell out of some pretty hot roadsters in a drag race. They would accelerate away until he got into his top gear and then he would kick their butts!
Irwin was rather famous locally as he was the rider of Bus Schaller's lakes motorcycle. Schaller was also from Turlock, and specialized in cam-grinding racing camshafts. Irwin drove the bike at Bonneville in 1949 at 150.50 MPH. That was the top speed for a bike at that time but it was not a world record as they did not have the international folks there to certify it!
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