John Brophy's son John
Paul was interested in photos of his father's racing career, so I looked
through my archives. I found two more images of Brophy Sr. driving
his Devin SS in 1961.
|Brophy rounds Turn 3
at Santa Barbara, Sept. 2-3, 1961.
He finished 7th.
||Brophy in Turn 1 during
the event held at Stead AFB, near Reno, Sept. 23-24, 1961.
He finished 5th.
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Devins -- 1
|Ron Cummings remembers
"The Brophy Devin was
originally powered by a Jaguar motor. Art Evans, the Devin SS distributor,
raced the car with the Jag motor before selling it to Brophy. Art
told me that he sold it to Brophy after a period of time that the car sat
unsold. Brophy had the Chevrolet conversion done. The car was the original
prototype hence the Jag power plant. I have only seen two SS's with right
hand drive and this car was always set up that way.
I wonder if Max Balchowsky
did the conversion?"
From Art Evans:
"Re: My car that
I sold to Brophy. Yes, I raced it originally with my
Jag engine that I had taken out of my production XK120; it had a C-Type
head. Actually, we did the Chev conversion at the Devin plant in
El Monte. We were loaned the engine from a Chev dealer and then took
it out before the sale to Brophy, who put in his own engine. I don't
remember the car sitting around unsold."
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