|Mystery Cars -- 1
These three cars have always baffled
me. I never saw any of them again at other events. From the
first moment I saw them in 1961 until this day I've wondered what these
cars were, and who drove them.
|This car ran at Pomona on July 8-9,
1961. It's called a "Pignatelli" and it's driven by a John Cooper.
I remember it doing fairly well.
What is it? What kind of engine does it use? Who was John Cooper?
Website visitor Rod Davis offers this
info on "John Cooper"
Ron Cummings sent me a photo & info
on a "Possible Pignatelli".
John McCann's photo shows the "Pignatelli"
Historians David Seielstad &
Michael T. Lynch provided this
||This poor neglected Ferrari appeared
at Vacaville on August 19-20, 1961. It ran in last place, but did
finish. I have no idea who drove it or how it ended up so decrepit.
I'm sure that it's been restored and
is now worth millions.
I thought this might be Ferrari 500-TR
#0650MDTR. Pete Lovely won at Laguna Seca in the car in 1957, and
after that it had a Northern California history. But then...
|It doesn't help that I only got half
of this one in the frame. It looks like some kind of Lister or Lister
clone. At Pomona on July 8-9, 1961 it ran as #37 and battled Jim
Chaffee's "Pink Elephant"
for most of the race.
What was it and who drove it? I've
wondered for over 40 years.
A website visitor suggested
Cunningham as the driver. Cunningham did run as #37 and raced
a succession of V8 powered Specials.
Could this be one of them?
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