|From Tom Schultz -- Road
"Concerning the 'Mystery'
#44 at Riverside. It was correctly identified as Jerry Hansen's Lotus 19-Chev.
However, there are a couple items listed on which I would like to comment.
While this is the ex-Jerry
Grant car, I do not believe that it was ex-Dan Gurney as stated. Grant
had raced this car for several years, while I believe that Gurney first
drove the 19-B Lotus in 1964 and into 1965. I do believe that these are
two separate cars.
This car was in Hansen's
hands after his Scarab, but not before the McKee Chevette chassis #2. Hansen
ran the Scarab in 1962 and then had it burn up in a garage fire. The remains
went through several owners, were finally restored, and the car is now
in the Collier Museum.
After the Scarab, Hansen
briefly drove Chaparral 1 chassis no. 001. He then bought a new McKee,
the second chassis, and drove that in 1964 and 1965. For 1966 he had a
special built, the Wolverine. But while waiting for it to be ready he needed
a car as he had sold the McKee. So he bought Grant's Lotus 19-Chev. He
drove it early in the season, and the Wolverine was ready in June. He drove
that for the balance of the season. He sold the Lotus 19-Chev to Dick Kantrud,
who in turn sold it to a chap named Figenskau. From there I lose the trail.
For 1967 Hansen bought
a new McLaren Elva Mk. III (M1C). Then the fun began, as Jerry spent the
next several years going through a dizzying succession of McLarens and
Hansen first used the
maroon color on his Scarab, then on a Cobra, a Formcar (!), the McKee,
and as your photo shows, the Lotus-Chev. The Wolverine was also Maroon.
He kept the Chaparral white, as was the McLaren Elva. The next few years
he generally raced the various cars he owned in the colors in which he
purchased them. He did not use what became his trademark orange until 1969
when he bought a new McLaren M10 F-5000 car. For 1970 his new Lola T-165
and Lola T-190 were orange, and that color stayed on the vast majority
of his cars until the early 1980s when he got away from it, red becoming
the most used color, although he also had a couple yellow cars and two
black Formula Atlantic cars.
One can get dizzy just
trying to keep track of all Hansen's cars and races!"