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    Greg, I think the British cars shown here are shaped more to what Oldfart is describing than the American specials !

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    A US built 1957 Monsterati Special # 35

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    A US built 1952 Streets Manning Special # 15

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    A British built 1950 Allard K-2 # 63

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    A British built 1955 Jaguar D-Type # 23

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    I'll say no more on this issue !

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    " A British built 1955 Jaguar D-Type # 23 "
    in Ecurie Ecosse colours - very nice !!

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    Some more US Specials from that era.

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    A 1949 Baldwin Mercury Special # 77

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    A 1953 Kurtis 500S Dodge # 9
    alongside a 1953 Tatum GMC Special # 25

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    1953 Tatum GMC Special # 25

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    1955 Chevrolet Mistral Roadster Chassis 747513 # 55

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    A 1957 Maserati 200SI # 67

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    Mistral in America ??

    " 1955 Chevrolet Mistral Roadster Chassis 747513 # 55 ".

    Any History on the Car ? Ken H
    - didn't realise that there were some Mistral bodies in the USA.
    That distinctive cutaway / crease - in the front guards / fender

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    Mistral Booklet and Brochure from the 2 New Zealand companies involved -
    - Weltex - of Bob Blackburn Christchurch - Blue Booklet
    and Emslie and Flockton Dunedin Paper Brochure
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    Roger,
    This one is for you; https://www.conceptcarz.com/profile/...t-mistral.aspx

    Because I could not get a programme until later in the day I did not know it was Kiwi ex-pat, Tony Garmey, from Drury, that was driving the 1953 Tatum GMC Special # 25. Tony won all the Group 1 races at this weekend.
    His restoration work has a great reputation over here.
    Moss Motors did an article on him a few years ago. https://mossmotoring.com/shop-profil...g-performance/



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    Ken H,
    " Kiwi ex-pat, Tony Garmey, from Drury, that was driving the 1953 Tatum GMC Special # 25. "

    Thanks for the links and the note about Tony Garmey;
    Mark Garmey [ son I believe ? ] - is a Buckler Guy here in New Zealand, and races a Red with white stripes Buckler 90/3. the third NZ chassis
    - built by Rick Harris, 1957, It has a De Joux body and was in many hands including Barry Cottle in 1959, Peter Preston in 1961, Rhys Nolan " Oldfart " in 1970 and others to Mark Garmey - details from Rhys.

    Thanks Ken H,
    had a read of the links,
    Cheers and Merry Xmas ..
    Roger.

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    A car with heaps of grunt!

    1977 Greenwood Corvette # 40.

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    Detailed in this link.
    https://www.nweuro.com/1977-greenwood-corvette


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    I saw the Greenwood Corvette racing at Le Mans in 1976. I think it had to retire due to a fuel leak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel watts View Post
    I saw the Greenwood Corvette racing at Le Mans in 1976. I think it had to retire due to a fuel leak.
    Indeed, wasn't there but #76 " The Spirit of Le Mans " John Greenwood IMSA Corvette was running at " 8th place, in the first hour was but forced to retire with holed fuel cell after a tyre puncture on the Mulsanne Straight, where in practice it was unofficially fastest of them all at 215 mph '.

    Notes from the Brooklands Book series " Le Mans ' The Porsche Years ' 1975 - 1982.

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    Greenwood Corvette

    I first saw this one at HD about 10 years ago. I've seen it from time to time since then but don't know whether it's still around today.

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    They certainly are mean looking machines, Nigel
    Some information on the 1976 Le Mans Greenwood Corvette.
    https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/m...le-mans/293845

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    Photo Darin Schnabel 2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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    Slightly off topic Ken, but thanks for the B series help.

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    Greenwood / Mancuso Corvette..

    " Some information on the 1976 Le Mans Greenwood Corvette. "
    Didn't realise that the Mancuso version of the Greenwood Corvette was the Le Mans 76 Car.

    Here is it on a trailer in a " Corvette Garage behind a Chev Tow Truck. In Mancuso Livery the pale Blue.

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    In its Le Mans 76 guise with the Sebring 76 car - are they the same Chassis ?

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    All Spark models from John B, about 10 years, the Chev Truck is a Matchbox Model purchased in the 1990's and the Trailer GMP from Stoker a couple of weeks ago.

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    Next to the Greenwood Corvette being prepared, was the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda # 42.
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    (Ken H photo )

    Some history on this car as per historictransam.com
    " Documented History:

    This car (AAR chassis #50211) is the first of three Plymouth 'Cudas constructed by Dan Gurney's All American Racers (AAR) for competition in 1970 Trans-Am Championship. It was driven by Dan Gurney and Swede Savage during pre-season testing and used in all of AAR's and Chrysler's preseason promotional photographs.

    It was driven by Dan Gurney in the first two races, then the rest of the Season by Swede Savage. Swede had 3 pole positions, a 2nd at Road America, and finished 5th in the driver's championship.

    The car was acid dipped (then referred to as "chemically cleaned") and has many titanium parts that were carried over from Dan Gurney's Champ car and F1 efforts. The transmission was aluminum cased but sprayed with cast iron spray, to pass tech and the magnet test.

    Gurney had intended to run a full season of Trans Am however budget cuts by Chrysler forced AAR to reduce its two car effort to a single car for Savage after Gurney had run just two races. Savage subsequently drove this 'Cuda for all of the remaing races of the season except Mid Ohio.

    Plymouth finished fifth in the 1970 Trans-Am Championship with no wins and just 15 points, compared to Dodge’s 18 points (for fourth position). This car earned 12 of Plymouth’s 15 points.

    AAR sold this car to Goodyear Tire at the end of the 1970 season and Goodyear toured the car across the United States along with several other racers as part of a national promotion.

    In 1982, Ed Skanes purchased the car and refurbished it for display and the occasional vintage race, retaining ownership until selling it to Harry Lipetz in 2003. It was then sold in 2006 to Andy Boone, who sold it to Bill Ockerlund in 2014."

    Plus more on the car at this site;
    https://www.transamcuda.com/gallery/...s/swede-savage

    I took some photos of this machine that did not have much success back in the Trans Am series but I liked it's looks, the crew and the driver.
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    Tom McIntyre in his
    1968 Penske Sunoco Camaro # 6

    PENSKE/DONOHUE “UNFAIR ADVANTAGES”

    Oversized filler neck for more capacity 40 gallon Daytona tank.
    Prototype dual carburetor manifold with cowl air induction.
    Extensive chassis development by Donohue and Chevrolet including engineered roll cage.
    Holes around number roundel for infamous number switching between cars for technical inspection and qualifying at Sebring. Penske sent the “legal” car through tech twice with switched numbers and qualified the lightweight car with each set of numbers as well!
    Acid dipped body Vacuum retracted brake pads for quick service.
    The Penske Sunoco Camaro team won 10 of 13 races in 1968 to deliver the Trans Am Championship to Chevrolet!!!
    This was a Trans-Am series record which would stand for 19 years.

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    (Ken H photos.)

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