The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ghornbostel, Dec 27, 2014.
LB wonder if that is Rimouski, Quebec, Canada related. Like to see more of that one.
I don't know where it is from
It is Canadian. This is CSX 2002 which Shelby sold to Comstock Racing. Ken Miles drove it for Comstock at one point when the car was white. Comstock then acquired a 427 Cobra and sold this one to Jean Oulette who painted it yellow as seen in the photo. It later had some really ugly rear fender extensions added while under Oulette's ownership.
Thank you Roo. Comstock was a heavy hitter on the Canadian road racing scene. This is the first history I have seen on this car.
Ken Miles / John Morton Cobra leading the A.J. Foyt / John Cannon Corvette.
posted by swi66 in the vintage thread
Interesting. Never before saw a Cobra with front hood vents like Ferrari 250 GTO.
Also the Corvette itself is John Mecom Racing Grand Sport with both AJ Foyt and Mecom team driver John Cannon. All Houston guys and car. John Cannon signed my SCUBA certification so I could dive with them (will post a pic if wanted). Never got to go to Nassau tho'.
For comparison, Roger Penske in Mecom Ferrari 250 GTO at Sebring 1963
Mecom team drivers circa 1963 - John Cannon far right with Augie Pabst and Walt Hansgen (who in April 1966 died testing Ford Mk IV that also killed Ken Miles a few months later - Walt Hansgen is depicted in the movie Ford v Ferrari driving a Holman-Moody prepared Ford GT40 at Daytona - the scene where Phil Remington remarks about Holman-Moody GT40 cars having NASCAR Harrison oil coolers and where Ken Miles has to work to pass Walt on the banking).
^^^^^Funny you should mention those vents, I was thinking the same
thing earlier. Also, John Cannon...I didn't realize his career included
those cars. I remember him from the SCCA Formula A / Formula 5000
series. In '64 I was a mere 14 year old punk and my mind was probably
geared more to the '64 Pontiac GTO.
Walt Hansgen was killed in a Mark II in the rain at the Le Mans test day. Ken Miles died testing a J Car, the aerodynamically unstable predecessor to the Mark IV. All Mark IV chassis numbers start with J for the J car, as the two had the same chassis.
Oh wow, I think I have to change my thoughts towards the first 3 years of corvettes! Nice!
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One of the things I like about them is that, in relation to cars of the period, there is not a lot of body/trunk overhang behind the rear axle or in front of the front axle. They were very visually balanced. Of all the Corvettes, they are my favorite.
Bob Holbert, 1st race car, 1953 Cheeta, Cadillac powered
Looks more like a farm tractor than a race car
I think that we all seem to forget that in the 50’s these “made/built” racers were not show quality for guys with big egos. There were built to race and used what they had and the rules written and unwritten to compete. Some of the best ran away from “factory” racers and really put on a race for the fans. For the most part that’s gone and local dirts tracks is their last hold out even it they are not sportscars
Not to step on the toes of those that foam at the mouth at the mention of Ol Yeller but that tractor looks no worse in my eyes.
BIG slicks wonder what engine it is running
A bit of a stretch to call a 2 door post a sports car--the Impala SS that Gurney raced in the UK maybe but not this.
And are you sure that it is Gurney? His early stock car history at Riverside started in 1963 and he drove Fords there exclusively through 1969 winning four times for the Wood Brothers in the # 121 and once for Holman and Moody in the #28 (his first Riverside victory).
Edit: I just did a bit of research and the #00 was driven by Dick Getty--same initials but not Dan Gurney
Anybody know what the long bubble in the aluminum tonneau cover over the passenger side of the early blue Corvette in post 1240 is?
Possibly the right side of the dash
Enjoyed reading this thread. I've owned and raced a few eligible cars, a full-race '65 TVR Griffith, a couple of Cheetahs and my every day car for years was this '63 Sting Ray (4 speed with 340 horse motor and knock-off Halibrands).
The Griffith was a full-race car and won at The Goodwood Revival first time out. It handled very well in the dry but never drove it in the wet - my pro-driver pal who set up the car said best keep it on the trailer if a cloud appears.
The Sting Ray was also used for Sprints and again, was a well set up car with uprated and adjustable suspension.
The first Cheetah was a project car sold on to a friend before it was finished, then I bought the red Bob Auxier continuation car in the photos, one of six race versions. This one originally belonged to Bob Boyce. Buying the car was like the opening scene from Easy Rider involving cash, a disused airfield and a crazy test drive flat out at 8 on a Sunday morning through an urban area.
First time I really drove the Cheetah properly was in The Big Bend Open Road Race in Texas, not knowing which way we'd be facing when we exited the first corner. The car handled prefectly but damn, it was hot, too hot to wear a nomex racesuit. Only thing worse than the heat was the noise - open pipes made our ears ring - 126 decibels is just unpleasant.
I have another Anglo-American idea in mind for the future and have been collecting parts, including a very rare CB Performance manifold and quad downdraft Dellortos, plus a few gauges.
Jon, this year's Big Bend Open Road Race is scheduled October 3rd and as usual based out of Fort Stockton in West Texas. An event for Big Boys with big toys.
Years past used both Goodyear and Firestone test tracks near Ft. Stockton when Lloyd Ruby got us access and second wife was a redhead doctor's daughter from Ft. Stockton - oh my...
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