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Thread: SCCA regional events in Texas etc. 1960s-70s through the lens of Jerry Melton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Bell View Post

    As can be seen with every pic of a Seven above, that cannot be an 'original factory roll bar'.
    Ray,
    The 1965 photos of the Thompson's Lotus Seven seem to show a roll bar very similar to the 1962 Seven on sale although perhaps not as sturdy. So could not that type of roll bar have been a factory option in 1962 ?
    BTW That 1962 Seven for sale is actually just 60 miles north here. (See below.)

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    (Jerry Melton photos.)

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    Check this site;
    https://www.britishcarclassifieds.co...even-1324.html

    (It has even been lowered in price. )


    (Ken H)

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    I would suggest, Ken, that the factory had no regular rollover bar for these cars in 1962...

    https://autopics.com.au/63052-bill-m...ion/#gallery-1

    https://autopics.com.au/65315-lorrai...on-collection/

    https://autopics.com.au/65331-bob-be...ance-j-ruting/

    https://autopics.com.au/66200-fred-g...uting/#gallery

    These pictures from '62 to '65 show four different cars (there are others I found, but no online pics to give you) without any rollover protection.

    It was a coming thing in 1962. 1961 had seen rollover bars mandated for F1 and it all moved on from there. But these cars came from the Australian distributors (Derek Jolly or the Geoghegans) with none. I think it likely that they were mandated earlier in the US than here.

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    Ray,
    Indeed rollover bars certainly began to appear and grow during 1961.
    For example;
    January 7th 1961. NZGP at Ardmore and Stirling Moss in his Lotus 18 # 7 has no form of rollover bar at all.
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    By May 1961 at Monaco the Lotus of Stirling Moss had developed this roll bar.
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    By September 1961 at Mosport in Canada Stirling's Lotus 19 had a roll bar as shown.
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    Also at Mosport in 1961 was this Lotus Seven with a roll bar that looks similar to the one on the Lotus Seven on sale in San Luis Obispo, California today.
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    (So there is my input on the development of roll bars during 1961. )

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    Last edited by khyndart in CA; 10-23-2020 at 07:30 AM.

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    It was a new rule for F1 that year...

    I'm not sure whether FJr mandated them in '60 or '61, but one or the other.

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    Some Jaguar at GVR in the mid 60s.
    I like photos that have all the information on the side of a bus !
    David Dooley in his XKE # 41.
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    With lights set up for the Enduro event.

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    # 41 in the rain.

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    # 41 on a nicer day in 1965.

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    Another XKE.

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    AN XK 120

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    AN XK 150

    (Jerry Melton photos in 1965-66.)


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    John Mecom was a wealthy Texas millionaire who also had interests in the Jordanian oil industry.
    John helped many drivers get established, including: Roger Penske in the Zerex Special and then selling that car to Bruce McLaren.
    He often entered cars at events at GVR.

    Plus AJ Foyt drove for Mecom Racing in a 7 liter Can Am car known as the Hussein and based on a Cooper Monaco chassis.
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    With some info. at this site.
    https://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/...sein-mk-i.aspx

    Another Mecom Formula C race car.
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    A Mecom race car on a trailer.

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    I think this is a description of the car on the trailer.

    Bill Frank's car also had a strong Mecom connection as Frank was the Firestone race tire Manager for Mecom and purchased his car from the team to run as a privateer. It was fitted with a 3-litre Ford V8. Mecom is known to have had three De Tomasos in 1964, a Formula Junior with Holbay engine, a Formula Senior car with a 1300cc Alfa Romeo engine and the cast monocoque ex-F1 car with a 256 ci or 289 ci Ford. This last car was ordered by Mecom in 1963 as an Indy project and initially fitted with a 4.2-litre Ford Fairlane engine and is the most likely of the three to have become Frank's Formula A car.
    (A Jerry Melton photo..)


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    256 Ford?

    That cast magnesium monocoque chassis was first see, as I recall, at the'62 Italian GP. It may have been '63. De Tomaso had built the whole thing, including the 1.5 V8.

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    Ray,
    I found this info. on a 256 ci Ford engine. (Wikipedia )

    " Ford Y-block engine..

    The Y-block engine' is a family of overhead valve V8 automobile engines produced by Ford Motor Company. The engine is well known and named for its deep skirting, which causes the engine block to resemble a Y. It was introduced in 1954 as a more modern replacement for the outdated side-valved Ford Flathead V8 ' was used in a variety of Ford vehicles through 1964.

    256 engine.
    The original Mercury Y-block, introduced for the 1954 model year, displaced 256 in³ (4,194 cc). Advertised as the "V-161" engine, it ran a bore and stroke of 3.625 x 3.1 in. The compression ratio was 7.5:1, and the rated power was 161 hp (120 kW) at 4,400 rpm. Torque was 238 lb⋅ft (323 N⋅m) at 2,200 rpm.[3] The engine breathed through a Holley model 2140 (4V) carburetor. The 256 in³ version of the Mercury Y-block was only available in 1954 models and was replaced by the 292 in³ in 1955. "

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    That's certainly not the engine in that car, then, nor should it be if there was any logic...

    The 221 came out in 1962 or 1963, it was a very much lighter engine and held a lot more promise. It went to 260 before too long, then 289. The inlet port spacing in the photo is much more in keeping with the 221/260/289 family engines.

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    An ad for a 1961 De Tomaso Formula Junior, similar to what raced at GVR.

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    The well-known Mexican driver, Pedro Rodriguez, entered in events at GVR in February 1966.

    First, in a preliminary race driving a Mini -Cooper # 51.
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    Then in the main event Pedro was driving a GT 350 Mustang # 7
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    Pedro's driving skills took him to victory.

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    (Jerry Melton photos.. )



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