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Lance Reventlow's Incredible California Hot Rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ron Kellogg, May 5, 2010.

  1. Ron Kellogg
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    LOVE the Scarab- just picked up a Strombecker model off of Espay.
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    beautiful..

    I'm proud to say my family helped fund the construction of those cars,
    my mom would buy our underware at Woolworths.
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    Loved th scarab since I was a wee tyke digging through a mouse eaten copy of Hot Rod.

    BTW, Ducati made the Desmo work to this day.
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    Desmodromic valve gear,...click on the pic, it moves!

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    Now stay out of the woolworths!
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    The shape is fantastical. Love the look of the early grand prix cars with long hoods.

    Mr.Kellogg......you my friend have it made!
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    I was thinkin' the same thing... and "DO NOT SEEK THE TREASURE... we- thought- you- wuz- a toad..." LOL
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    Ducati Motorcycles used or used Desmo Valvetrain....
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    Thee look of that car grabs me as much today as it did back in the day!
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    Neat freakin O!
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    I've always loved that car and have always wondered what else he would have come up with had he not been killed.
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    I also grew up reading the old Hot Rod, SCI, and other mags that featured this car/guy. How Was he killed? I never heard the end of the story.
    Desmos are awesome!!!
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    In the early day's, the Hot Rodders and Tea Baggers didn't mix that much. As time has passed, we tend to appreciate the ingenuity and engineering that went into creating a car like the Scarab. There are other examples where the two came together. The Cobra comes to mind. I have a soft spot for sports cars and love to hang it out in the twisty hills around here.
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    Reventlow was killed in a plane crash in '72. Although he was a pilot, he was not flying the plane that crashed.

    The first racing application of desmodromic valve gear was in the Mercedes-Benz F1 cars of the mid-'50s, and they were extremely successful. I'm sure there were other, earlier uses, but the M-B engines undoubtedly inspired Lance to use the system.
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    Incredible...That car looks a little dated but still is beautiful. The enigne is out of the world.
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    Wow. Thanks again Ron. Always been a fan of the Scarab. The animation looks like an early rotary. Slim
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    Two companies now make reproductions, one in metal and the other in 'glass.
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    The Chuck Pelley illustration reminds me a bit of the Pete Brock/Kas Kastner Triumph TR250K. Great stuff Ron, thanks.

    Kurt O.
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    Lance was one of the last persons to talk to James Dean. He was going to the same race and met up with Dean at Blackwell's corner. They set a dinner date but of course Dean never made it.
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    That was a great read that led to more reading. Thank you.


    Tim
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    Thanks for the photos and a bit of history on these cars.
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    Very Cool! Beautiful cars!
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    Ron, you are so fortunate to have had the wisdom to acquire that Scarab. Thank you for sharing this with us. vic
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    Loved the Scarabs from the first magazine shot I saw in '58.

    Saw Chuck Daigh win at Meadowdale, Ill. also in 1958.

    The whole Scarab operation was pure class throughout.
  28. I wish I still had the one (the Stombecker model) I was given when they were first released! I always loved the lines of the Scarab, and for a knowledge-hungry kid way back when, it gave me the chance to learn about desmodromic valve systems.

    Thanks for an excellent article.
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    All of the Scarab sports racers (front engined) were Chevy powered. The Desmo engine was only used in their F1 car.
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    Those cars are to the 50s what a LeBaron Speedster was in he 30s. Pure sex appeal. Every decade has one and they're truely timeless, don't you think? For the 60s it was the GT40 for me. Just as pure and clean today as it was then, so too is the Scarab. Thanks for the visit and glad to see it here. Our youth should really get to know and appreciate where it all comes from.

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