Jim Chaffee's "Pink Elephant III"

This well-known Corvette-powered southern California Special is now owned by Chris Wickersham.  Here's his "information page" about the car.

The "Pink Elephant III" today.  Wheel wells were added in the late 1960s to cover the wider wheels & tires used in that era.
Chaffee gets crossed up at Paramount Ranch in 1957 in the MG-powered Pink Elephant 1.  Ken Miles looks for room to get by in John von Neumann's Porsche Spyder Porsche Spyder.

The "Pink Elephant" at Pomona.

Ron Cummings offered this info on the "Pink Elephants":

"The Pink Elephant at Paramount Ranch is the Pink Elephant I, a Devin body on a stock MG TD Mk II that Chaffee built and raced. He previously raced the production TD before going modified. The Pink Elephant I raced for many years in the CalClub. Chaffee was a Devin dealer.

The Pink Elephant II, by the way, was built using an old Miller two man Indy frame. I think Chaffee sold the Miller parts and put the Chevrolet motor into III.

The Pink Elephant III was built on the Healey chassis about 1960-61. I seem to remember it first racing with the Healey motor, later with the Chevrolet.  I looked at the car at Chris' lately and it is mostly a Healey chassis.

I forgot to mention the Pink Elephant IV. It was a Devin body on a Triumph chassis. The car ran the Triumph motor. I seem to remember the car being painted more of a red color rather than the typical Chaffee pink. After one or two races the car was entered simply as a Devin-Triumph and lost its Pink Elephant name. I think Chaffee built the car for one of his foreign car garage, in Ontario California, customers".

More from Ron:

The Pink Elephant III finished 13th at the Stardust, Las Vegas, USRRC  race ahead of Ol' Yaller IX. I kid you not!!

(9-27-11)   From Tom Mitchell:

"In 1959 and 1960 My uncle Jim Mitchell  lived in Ontario, and was a good friend of Jim Chaffee and his wife Dote.    My uncle raced a white Austin Healey 100 ( #150) At several events (i.e. Dec 5-6 1959) my uncle and Jim would team together.   My brother and I (I was 12 and my brother was 16) helped as pit crew Ö On one occasion I took the chalk board out to track side to let him know his lap speed and position.  Today that is still one of the great experiences of my life (and Iím now 64).  I love the information and the pictures of the car (and all of the other cars as well) I think the site is really terrific!  If possible I would like to see the car again..  I have a couple of restored cars as well, a 1964 type IV AH Sprite and a 1963 Chev. Nova II SS (restored)."

A closer view of the old Special as it looks today.  I like the playful elephant logo.

It'll be fun to see this classic back on the track after its restoration.

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