A Recreation of the Pre-War Special Named Bloody Mary

By Colin Wood
Jun 23, 2020 | Bring a Trailer, Bloody Mary

The original Bloody Mary was built in the late 1920s by John and Richard Bolster, supposedly when they were just schoolboys. (That Pinewood Derby car doesn't sound so impressive anymore, does it?) The Bloody Mary would later go to carve out a name for itself across hill climbs and other events with John still behind the wheel.

This recreation, offered on Bring a Trailer without reserve, attempts to capture the same rowdy attitude of the original.

Similar to the original Bloody Mary, this recreation features a sheet aluminum body over a wood frame.

Power comes from a Harley-Davidson 1400cc V-Twin said to be good for 70 horsepower, which is then sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

The listing also notes that the recreation is offered "for off-road use only with a California bill of sale."

As well, bidding ends on June 26 at 3:32 p.m.

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stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
6/23/20 3:48 p.m.

There's a famous quote by John Bolster, one of the guys who built the original car:

"It was, as Bolster once wrote, built by two schoolboys in 1929 ‘…with the object of driving around a field as dangerously as possible’."

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/23/20 7:01 p.m.

In reply to stuart in mn :

Given the design of that front suspension I'd say they achieved their objective. 

ultraclyde (Forum Supporter)
ultraclyde (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
6/23/20 7:47 p.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to stuart in mn :

Given the design of that front suspension I'd say they achieved their objective. 

I believe you meant "suspension"

6/24/20 8:45 a.m.

I don't see any suspension on the rear whatsoever, and while I know it's a recreation I doubt that V-twin in a wood body; thing's a paint shaker for an engine.

nderwater UltimaDork
9/7/20 9:53 p.m.

Sold for $10k. Got to know what this thing is like to drive.

TurnerX19 SuperDork
9/8/20 7:03 a.m.

The original is still running in competition today.

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