|From DB3S owner Ron Keil:
"The red DB3S is undoubtedly
the long-missing #109; the exhaust pipes coming from an unnatural place
on the *left* side clearly mark it as the only one of its kind converted
to Chevrolet power (though I recall seeing the car at Stockton in '58,
listed in the program as having a Pontiac engine). Any chance someone
knows where the chassis/body may lie?
My DB3S, #115, had (still
has) the engine from #109, or at least the front
cover from that engine
as that is where the number plate resides.
"The entire world of DB3S
enthusiasts would like to know what happened to #109. The engine
# came from a swap made by Joe Lubin when he owned #115, for what reason
I don't recall. Then Joe sold the car to Bill DeCreeft, who raced
it for several years then sold it to me in 1963. I made the horren-
dous error, in 1966, of selling it to buy a faster race car; SCCA had just
lumped anything over 2.0 litres into the "open" class and immediately I
was out- classed by hand-me-down Can-Am cars in addition to the lone Testa
Rossa still racing in the West. The "new" owner still has the car
and is restoring it."
"It looks like I misidentified
Jack's car shown here as DB3S/109. It is instead 112, the other car
converted to Chevrolet power. For years I had thought that only one
car, 109, had been so converted. I figured that out after talking
on the phone for two hours this morning with Bunny Ribbs and then reading
the article in Vintage Motorsport (Nov/Dec 1996) by Chris Nixon.
109 was fitted with disc
brakes and offset Borrani wheels and had the front wheel arch eyebrows
as on the factory cars. It was actually a customer car converted
by the factory to factory specs and fitted with the front bodywork from
the wrecked DB3S/6 before being delivered to Joe Lubin. Other details
which immediately identify it are the two airscoops alongside the hood
(ugly!), two doors, a full width windscreen and clearance lights on the
Sorry about the misidentification.
I thought Bunny had a line on the missing car but he described 112 instead.
It was this car that was badly damaged at Riverside in a collision with
Dan Gurney; the frame was so badly bent the two main tubes scraped the