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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. )

    (Ken H )
    Last edited by khyndart in CA; Yesterday 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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