|More from John Albi: "I think
the car had moderate potential, but it was plagued with mechanical problems
that were not solved due to my short racing career. The car was not
stable at high speeds. Driving it down the back straight at the Riverside
Raceway was a adrenaline pumping experience due to the instability.
I did, however, love powering out of the last banked turn at Riverside.
I was beginning to form plans to replace
the suspension, but was interrupted by my father's death. It was
necessary for me to help in the dissolution of the family business in Los
Angeles. This all left me little time or funds to work on the car.
I decided to complete my education and get married, so I had to sell the
I sold the car in 1962 to Mickey Skinner,
who lived in the Arcadia area, but worked on an oil rig in the Santa Barbara
Channel. I did make it street legal and license it so that he could
drive it on the street. I don't know what he did with the car, but
did hear that he took it to the drag strip with the street tires and clocked
in the 12X MPH range.
I also heard, but did not confirm, that
the car was sold to someone that collected cars and rented them for use
in movies. Somebody told me that they had seen my old car in the
Pat Boone movie "State Fair". This may be true since I got a brief
glimpse of a car that looked like mine being driven onto a trailer in the
movie; I saw about 30 seconds of the movie one night when I was "channel
flipping." I have no idea where it is now; that is probably best!"