|Main Event Starts -- 1961
In 1961 Ak Miller
in his orange #311 Devin-Oldsmobile had the biggest engine in west
coast sports car racing. He used this 7000cc. Oldsmobile to power
his way to repeated victories in the Pikes Peak hillclimb in Colorado,
and to out accelerate lesser-engined cars off the line in California races.
|At Pomona on Saturday, July 8 1961,
Miller jumps off ahead of race winner Don Hulette
in his Jaguar-Chevrolet (ex-Pickford Jaguar Special) and Bob
Drake in Old Yeller IV.
Miller's lead didn't last long.
Bob Drake and Hulette passed him quickly and went on to an epic confrontation
tragically when Drake's steering broke.
|Miller again out-accelerates the field
into Turn 1 at the Reno racing event held at Stead AFB on Sept. 23-24,
1961. Miller leads Bill
Krause in his D-Type Jaguar-Corvette and John
Brophy in his black Devin-Chevrolet. Again, Miller's lead didn't
last long. Chuck Parsons
went on to win the race in his Maserati Type 61 "Birdcage".
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