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(RIP)Jan Operman


Jan is Marrying Carol and Larry Henry with Bubby and Patty Jones the best man and Maid of Honor. Tony Jones and his sister Jina were the ring bearer and flower girl


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Jan with Jr Parkinson and Kenny Weld


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Jan after winning the Western World in 1972 at Manzy


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Jan in the pits


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Jan talking to car owner Henry Campbell


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Jan and a friend


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Jan with Smokey Snellbaker


Jan and a friend


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Jan and Jerry Wilson


Jan taking a break


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Jan with Bobbie Marshall


Jan with Bubby Jones and Roger Rager


Jan and Bubby Jones


Jan and Parnelli Jones


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Jan just hanging


Jan with Steve Knser and Doug Wolfgang


Jan with Bubby Jones for one


Jan with Kenny Weld in a discussion


Jan at Skagit


Jan interviewed at Selinsgrove 1973


Jan with the trophy girls


Jan wins the Western


Jan and Kenny Weld interviewed by Chris Economaki (I think)


Jan after winning an IMCA race


Jan with Bogar


Jan with another trophy and trophy girl


Jan with another trophy


Jan again won another


Jan at Knoxville


Jan with Rick Ferkel and James McElreath 1976


Jan at the Colorado National Speedway


Jan wins again


Jan with Kenny Weld and Bobby Allen


Jan at Topeka winning again


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Jan # 99


Jan posing after a win


Rookie class at indy in 1974 with Tom Sneva, Pancho Carter,Bill Simpson, Jan Opperman, Tom Bigelow Larry Cannon and Johnny Parson in that order left to right


Jan kissing


Jan and Bubby Jones


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Jan with his daughter Tecia and car owner Dick Bogar


Jan getting interviewed


Jan relaxing in Terre Haute 1976


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Jan's Speedway Bill Smith owned car


On display at Speedy Bill's museum


Jan with the Bob Davis car


Jan in the late 70's


Jan on the track


Jan with his ride


Jan and his car


Jan with Bobby Allen


Jan with # 4 Edmunds car


Jan and the crew


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Jan with his # 99


Jan with # 6s


Jan with his car


Jan by his ride


Jan with his ride


Jan with Gary Swenson


Jan with # 29


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Jan and his ride


Jan in Phoenix 1974


Jan with his Speedway Motors ride


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Jan getting in or out of the car


Jan with # 99


Jan in the pits


Jan gets out of his car at Eldora after the race with Steve Kinser


# 99


# 88


# 1


# 64 - Jan and Bill Smith at Terre Haute


# 31x


Jan in the cockpit


Jan buckling into # 25 Chet Wilson Super Modified at Okie City


Jan sitting in the Ernie DiCrose Thermo King car


Jan in the car


Jan in # 7x


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# 5


# 14


# 4x


Jan Opperman - the real story


Where Eagles Fly


Jan's racing Diary


Jan


T-shirt graphics


T-shirt graphics


Poster


Story


T-shirt graphic


A statement of fact


Collage


Collage 2


Collage 3


Poster


Sketch

Jan's cars


New Trostle chassis in 1971


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# 1 and $x


# 2


# 4


# 4


# 4


# 4


Speedway Motors car


# 4


# 4


# 4x


# 4x


# 4x


Jan in # 4 with Sheldon Kinser in # 56


Jan with # 4


# 4x


# 4j


# 4j


# 4y


Jan at speed at Williams Grove


# 6


# 6


# 6


# 6 in 1976


# 6 against Billy Cassella


# 6


# 6


Jan with # 7x


# 11 first time on pavement


Jan in # 12


# 12


# 12


# 12


# 12


# 12x


# 12


# 21


# 21


# 22


# 24


Jan in the red # 25


# 25


# 25


# 27


# 31x


# 31 at Eldora


# 64


# 64


# 64x


# 64x


# 68


# 77


# 77


# 77


# 77


# 98


# 99


# 99


# 99 in 1974


# 99


# 99


# 99


# 99


# 99


# 99


# 99


# 99


# 99 at Williams Grove 1972


# 99


Jan in the Bob Davis car


Jan in the Bob Davis car


Jan in the Hanestad Ranger powered sprint


# 7 at Hoosier 100 in 1970


Jan on his way to win the 1971 Western World at Manzy. That's Bob Moore on the outside


Jan on the inside of Darrell Dockery


# 5 Against Ralph Quarterson with the All Stars in 1970


Jan on the low groove


# 46 running the top


# 4x against Dick Gaines


# 99 inside of Darrell Dockery


# 71


# 42


# 51


# 11 stock car


# 51 in 1974


# 57 a flat track bike


# 57


Indy car # 42


Jan on the outside of this race


Jan against Robert Smith


Jan leads Bob Luscomb in 1973


# 51 indy car


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fROM WIKIPEDIA

Jan Opperman (February 9, 1939 – September 4, 1997), was an American racecar driver. He won the 1971 Knoxville Nationals, the premiere event in sprint car racing. In 1976, he won the Hulman Classic at Terre Haute,Ind., which at the time featured most of the top sprint car drivers in the country and had several drivers in the field who would start the Indianapolis 500 later that month.

Born in Long Beach, California, Opperman died in Fountain, Florida, 16 years after suffering critical injuries from a crash during a race in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania. Known primarily as a sprint car driver, he also drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1974 and 1976 seasons. He had 9 champ car starts, including the 1974 and 1976 Indianapolis 500 with 3 top ten finishes.

Considered a natural driving talent, Opperman attracted the attention of Indy 500 veterans Parneli Jones and A.J. Foyt. His first start at Indianapolis came with the team co-owned by Jones, a sprint car veteran and winner of the 1963 Indianapolis 500. Opperman spent his early sprint car racing career running "outlaw" rather than sticking to one sanctioning body. He won dozens of races each year traveling across the country from race track to race track in pursuit of the best paying races.

Opperman was just hitting his stride in the elite United States Auto Club's, sprint, midget and dirt car (called Silver Crown division today) divisions when he suffered critical head injuries while battling for the lead of the Hoosier Hundred at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds in early September 1976. Opperman missed the 1977 season, but returned to racing on the outlaw circuit in 1978 but never again attained the level of success he achieved before that accident.

Early in his career, Opperman was known as a hippie and part of the drug culture. During the 1960s when living in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska he became a dynamic Christian, and, until his catastrophic accident, was working toward creating a ranch in western Montana for troubled youth.

One of Opperman's trademarks was a battered western hat that had been worn by his brother, Jay, who died while racing a sprint car at Knoxville Raceway on May 16, 1970.

Opperman was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in the first class in 1990. Opperman was inducted in 2011 to the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame in Talladega, AL.

Updated 12/12/17

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