|(4-9-10) From Dennis Barden
"I was just speaking with Gordie Glyer
on the telephone about some old car stuff, and he mentioned that there
was a story on the internet about him and Bunny Ribbs that contained some
factual inaccuracies which he really wished that they could be corrected:
The statements that Gordie would like
to have corrected in the above story on your website are:
1. Bunny Ribbs’
initial comment to Gordie was, “If you had a replace- ment axle, would
you be able to race this weekend?” When Gordie said, “Yes,” Bunny volunteered
to lend him an axle from his Ferrari which was in San Jose. Glyer
did not go to San Jose, what happened instead was that Ribbs drove back
to his shop, retrieved the axle and delivered it to Glyer to replace his
broken axle. Glyer was involved removing the broken axle from his
Ferrari, not driving to San Jose. Incidentally, when the offer was
initially made, Gordie had difficulty believing that anyone would have
a spare axle for a Ferrari, but Gordon Martin (the S.F. Chronicle automotive
editor) assured Glyer that he knew Ribbs, and that if Bunny said he had
an axle, Gordie could count on him to deliver it.
2. Glyer’s wife
was not involved in the replacement of the axle. After the race, Glyer
contacted Ferrari Representatives of California in Hollywood, CA, and had
a new axle shipped directly to Ribbs in San Jose, CA as a replacement for
the axle that he had generously loaned to Gordie.
Gordie says that the
following article written by Gary Horstkorta (SF SCCA Region Historian)
is more accurate.
“ . . . . Over the next two years, Glyer
raced the 500 TR in sixteen events in the West including races at Vaca
Valley, Minden (NV), the LA Times GP at Riverside, Laguna Seca, Pomona,
Stockton, Santa Barbara and Shelton (WA), with many top five finishes.
During the Stockton race in 1959, Glyer broke an axle shaft during a preliminary
race and thought he was through for the weekend. However, a fellow appeared
out of the crowd and said he could get a replacement axle. He disappeared
only to return sometime later with an axle. Glyer repaired the car and
went on to place 3rd and 2nd that weekend. The helpful fellow turned out
to be Bunny Ribbs, father of future racer, Willy T. Ribbs.
Glyer sold the 500 TR in August of 1959
for $5,000 and replaced it with another Ferrari, a TR-250 and continued
What happened to the 500 TR? It went
through a succession of owners over the years and eventually appeared at
an auction in Monterey in 1997 where it sold for $455,800. Not bad for
an old race car that had been in over sixty races when Glyer sold it in
by Gary Horstkorta with thanks to Gordie
Glyer for the photos”
If you can make any corrections,
Gordie would appreciate it."
(5-16-07) From Scott Sperka:
"Re: 0654MDTR, the car was owned
by Robert Walker of Little Rock , AR who lost his life in it in the initial
race meeting at Meadowdale Raceway in IL on Sept. 14, 1958."
Link to photos of the car in action and
coverage of Walker's accident
Meadowdale. Page is from Ross Fossbender's Meadowdale
of #0654 (Courtesy of super-useful info source "Barchetta".)