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Old 12-19-2012, 10:07 AM   #1
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In the 1950's, Lance Reventlow used his family's Woolworth fortune to go racing. Using many of the same players that went on to develop the Cobra, including Carol Shelby, Lance set out to build the ultimate American bread race car. That car was the S...

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Old 12-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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Wow! I caught my self gritting my teeth while he was passing the other car Great video Thanks
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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Wow! That was wonderful having the sound of the motor and the squealing tires! I like when he overtakes the red car right after the main straightaway at about 2:45min.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:31 AM   #4
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yep... that red car never had a chance!
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:39 AM   #5
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Jeez, he wasn't the smoothest driver, was he? But HP and $$$ makes it look a lot smoother from 50ft. Gary
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:41 AM   #6
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Amazing footage! Especially considering the level of film technology of the day. The tire squeal reminded me of Pirellis. They sang a loud tune and drivers used the sound to tell them when the end (of traction) was near. The Scarab is a beautiful car with great lines. Thanks Ryan.

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Old 12-19-2012, 10:58 AM   #7
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Great footage, love it. Thanks Ryan.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:07 AM   #8
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Video is right hand drive and the pictures is left? Hmmmm... great stuff and I wont need more coffee today. Thanks, Ryan.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:11 AM   #9
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There's a great film called The Sound of Speed directed by Bruce Kessler from 1960 of Lance testing his Scarab at Riverside.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:11 AM   #10
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man, awesome video! the squealing tires were awesome (and the link to "Tatra Girl" wasn't bad, either)! Thanks for the post!
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:13 AM   #11
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Working as a professional writer myself, there's nothing more I hate than people nitpicking grammar and misspellings. But I do I love when spell check gives you the wrong word, but it's even better than your original thought. I'm pretty sure that's what happened when you wrote the phrase "American bread." Of course you originally wrote bred, as in born and bred, but spell check unintentionally put a whole new spin on the phrase! The fact that he spent a huge chunk of the Woolworth "American bread" (as in dough, dollars) on making an impression in the european racing world with an American bred car made me smile.

Love these stories, Ryan thanks so much for "skating the same line" over and over for us to enjoy.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:19 AM   #12
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Is the red car one of the Bocars, made in Colorado, some with Potvin crank driven blowers on Chevy engines?

They should have been one of the few to exceed the Scarabs' power, but certainly did not have the development team to sort the cars!
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:31 AM   #13
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Very cool clip, thanks!
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:47 AM   #14
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I had a chance to see Augie Pabst run his Scarab at Road America when I was a kid. Apparently he's still doing it at age 73. http://www.tomstrongman.com/ClassicC...arab/Index.htm
It's pretty cool to see guys take these very rare and very valuable cars and get them out on the track.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:07 PM   #15
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Poetry. Great find Boss.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:22 PM   #16
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I'm pretty sure that was Steve McQueen doing the narration towards the end.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:31 PM   #17
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It's pretty cool to see guys take these very rare and very valuable cars and get them out on the track.
If you get a chance to see the Goodwood Festival take a look and see what they do over there. Not only out on the track but they seriously race them and bend them. No parading.
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Wow, awesome exciting historic video, thanks!


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Is the red car one of the Bocars...
I'm not sure but I was thinking it was some kind of Lister (Jag?).



In any case, I was surprised it hung in there so well.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:33 PM   #19
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LOL, so the film was printed reversed? Car in the photo is left hand drive, car in the video is obviously RH drive. Neat as hell, anyway...
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LOL, so the film was printed reversed? Car in the photo is left hand drive, car in the video is obviously RH drive. Neat as hell, anyway...
They originally made three cars. One left and two rights. The lefty became Reventlow's personal I do not know if it ever actually raced but was I believe qualified at Riverside in 1958 and then damaged in practice. The two rights are the ones that Meister Breauser purchased. The left hand car was and perhaps is still owned by Rob Walton of Wal-Mart fame.
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