SEMA News - September 2009
By Drew Hardin
Photo Courtesy the Source Interlink Archives
Andy may have gotten most of the media attention, what with his STP Indy race teams and commercials for Tune-Up Masters, but he wasn’t the only fast member of the Granatelli clan. His older brother, Joe, was a talented wrench in his own right. So, for that matter, was youngest brother Vince. The three bought Paxton Products in 1958, and Joe served as president of the company until just weeks before he died in 2003.
Like Andy, Joe had a long association with Indianapolis, serving as the chief mechanic on the Paxton Products Novi Indy cars. He also worked with Vince in building the “Whoosh-Mobile” turbine car that Parnelli Jones drove to near victory at the 500 in 1967.
Joe made his mark at Bonneville as well. This photo, which appeared in Hot Rod magazine in 1961, shows him working on a Chrysler 300-F fitted with twin Paxton-McCulloch centrifugal superchargers. The Paxton car set a two-way average of 184.049 mph at that year’s speed trials—fast enough to earn the Paxton team a class record.