|(6-2-11) More from Mitch Goldstein:
"I've discovered more info regarding Sebring Sprite MK2 9251WD!:
The images are of Willy Stryker stepping out of the car after the RDC 4
hour event at Vacaville (described below), the brief letter
from Willy to me, and the three
entries in the car's log book when Willy owned it (again described
Thanks to Stephen Griswold's response to my Mystery Car posting,
I, along with the help of Jonathan Whitehouse Bird of SpriteSpot.com, searched
out and found Willy Stryker! He bought the car from BMC San Francisco
through Joe Huffaker Sr. whom he worked for at the time as a fabricator
in Kjell Qvale's competition department at BMC San Francisco. The car cost
Willy 2500.00 in 1962. Willy wasn't sure the car had been driven
by McQueen. It was fun to tell him it was!
Willy ran the car at the Oct. 24th 1962 Vacaville RDC 4 hour race
along with Stephen Griswold. The car ran in G Modified along with
the big Ferraris, Maserat's, D Jags, Coopers, etc. They finished
18th overall and 2nd in class. Willy then ran the car again at Vacaville
on November 10th 1962 in an SCCA event, again in G modified, where he finished
11th overall and 3rd in class. Willy's final race in the car was
at Riverside on January 2nd 1963 in a CSCC event running in C Production.
He finished 22nd overall and 7th in class failing to finish due to a broken
axle. Willy also ran the at Half Moon Bay dragway setting a class
record. The record didn't stand. Willy wasn't willing to let
the officials tear his engine down.
In the time Willy owned and ran the car he made no modifications
to it. He sold the car, having a young family at the time.
Willy says he enjoyed the fabrication end of the racing business over the
Willy told me the car was destroyed after being raced by the new
owner at Cotati. The car was sitting towards the end of the drag
strip at Cotati when an out of control drag car ran into the parked Sprite
cutting it in half.
The new owner was Peter Talbert of early Trans Am fame.
That's the story as I have it so far. I've yet to find the whereabouts
of Peter Talbert. I've been told by Joe Huffaker Sr. that he was
a Dentist in Walnut Creek California and also raced a Huffaker formula
Jr. Mr. Huffaker also told me that Talbert Passed away some time
Peter Talbert's 1966 Trans Am Mustang is now owned and vintage raced
by Carl Stein of Carmichael California. I've not yet been able to
contact Mr. Stein.
If anybody out there was at any of the events or has knowledge of
Peter Talbert or his surviving family, or of Carl Stein please let me know!
To contact Mitch: Please
From Rick Bastedo:
Hi, reading about the
MqQueen Sprite and thought I'd do a little searching.
Probably not the right
guy but there is a Peter Talbert living in Phoenix.
Here are some links I
Maybe... Wife: Ann
Reinking Married to "Sports Writer" Peter Talbert and living in Phoenix
Picture of Peter Talbert
on this page (is that him?):
Just trying to help,
Owner of a little red
MK2 Sprite with a 948cc Bugeye motor.