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By 1961, most Formula Junior cars were
imported from England. Lotus, Cooper, and upstarts like Gemini
dominated the Italian cars and homegrown USA-built brands like BMC and
This low-cost formula also attracted
individual "Special builders", whose creativity brought interesting and
unusual cars to the racing grids.
Miles was listed as the driver of this factory-entered Dolphin in the
program at Santa Barbara, Sept. 2-3, 1961. In this photo, another
driver (maybe Ron Cole or Kurt Neumann) is behind the wheel.
||Kurt Neumann at Del Mar on a foggy morning,
December 9-10, 1961
A well-made car, the San Diego design
was fast, but not quite fast enough to catch the latest from Lotus and
other British makes.
|When F-Jr began in 1959, front- engined
Italian designs like George Pridmore's Stanguellini (shown here at Cotati
on Nov. 11-12, 1961) ruled.
By 1960, Lotus and Cooper had relegated
such cars to the back of the grid.
||The ugliest Formula Junior at Santa
Barbara was the aptly-named "Cockroach" driven by Bill Shaw.
This interesting entry used 3-cylinder
2-stroke DKW power and front wheel drive. Shaw finished 14th, not
a bad showing in a 30+ car field.
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