|(1-26-03) Kean Rogers
of "Kangaroo Stable"
provided this info:
"The first picture was taken at Palm
Springs on November, 3rd 1957. Rod is in Car #54, DB3S Team car 11
and Jan Wells is in car #53, Production car DB3S/104. Jan came second
in the Ladies race and Rod 12th (in the main event).
The second picture is at Laguna Seca
, November 10th 1957. Rod is in car #54 again with Gil Geitner behind
him in car # 154. Rod placed 6th and Gil 7th."
Engberg contributed this info:
"The first Aston Martin photo was taken
in Palm Springs in November 1957, when both of these cars were entered
by Rod Carveth. The #53 car is a "DB3S" and the #54 car a "DBRS."
David McKinney posted the following on
F1 Nostalgia Forum":
"Briefly, and I'm afraid not very specifically....
The DB3S was built in two series. The first lot, numbered 1-10, were built
for the works team between 1953 and 1956 and during the last two years
a production run numbered 101-120 was added.
Carveth raced a production model (DB3S/104)
1956-58 and this was also driven by several other drivers, including Flaherty,
Laws, Barneson and Wells. In 1957 he added a second car, which was
actually the last built, and numbered DB3S/11 because it was a continuation
of the works-spec run (twin-plug head, disc brakes etc) rather than a production
During 1956 two of the works cars (and
possibly more?) had been updated with the wider and flatter nose as seen
in the pictures of car #54. Carveth's second car (DB3S/11) was also
given this treatment. I would guess that your pictures show the two
Carveth cars in 1957 or 1958."
Learn more about these cars on Aston
Martin's DB3S page!