1957 Mobilgas Economy Run

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Mobilgas Economy Run
Practice car


Ina Mae Overman

Ina Mae Overman drove in the 1957 Mobilgas Economy Run from Los Angeles, California to Sun Valley, Idaho. This was the first year women were added to the driver lineup. Her friend Lowell Lewis, one of the co-founders of the Tunderbird Owners Club of America, was instrumental in her acquiring this position. She actually came in second in her class, but since first place went to an identical make and model, it didn't count. She drove a 1957 Ford Fairlaine 500 6 cylinder.

Lowell Lewis (left) with driver of
the V8 class Ford, Al Cottle

In addition to his work with the Thunderbird Club, Lowell Lewis was employed by Ford Motor Company as their West Coast Truck representive to the many dealerships. He later went on to run the engine rebuilding department for Genuine Ford Remanufactured Parts company in Southern California. He was a graduate of USC.

The Driver of the 8-Cylinder Entry is Al Cottle who at that time was a Salesman for Al Stuebing Ford (a long time Gilmore and Mobilgas Entrant).  Al had a First Place Win in 1955 in Class "D" (High Price Cars) driving a Buick Roadmaster.  He continued to particpate through the 1965 Economy Run the last several years driving a Mercury Monterey for Bob Estes in Inglewood.

Ina Mae Overman (left) and
Marshall Martin class winner
6 cylinder


Marshall Martin class winner
6 cylinder


Marshall Martin who at that time was Director of Security at Ford Motor Company's Long Beach Plant won the 6 cylinder class.  Marshall captured the Sweepstakes Award in the 1941 Gilmore Grand Canyon Run driving a Lincoln Custom 12 as well as First Place in the 1956 Run in Class "A" (Low Price Cars) driving a Ford Customline Victoria 8.  His last participation in the Economy Runs was in 1958.

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