7-11 Mys­tery Pho­tos Solved

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In our Jan. 2018 is­sue, we ran a se­lec­tion of pho­tos of the 7-11 coupe (“Son of the 7-11,” Sept. ’17) that was found by Art Di­rec­tor Roberta Con­roy in the Petersen Photo Archives. That story’s au­thor, Scotty Gos­son, showed the pho­tos to Mike Dow­ell, the half-brother of the car’s third owner, Kent Sin­gle­ton. It was Kent who gave the coupe its 7-11 name and bright or­ange paint. Mike was able to shed some light on the pho­tos Roberta found. The lead photo (re­pro­duced here) was shot in Santa Ana in 1961. Rac­ing team mem­ber Jim Nel­son is at left, Kent Sin­gle­ton at right. “My bro [Sin­gle­ton] and Nel­son did all the work,” Mike said. “Burl Wil­son at Guar­anty Chevro­let shot the or­ange paint.”—drew Hardin

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