July 8-9, 1961
The big iron -- American V8 powered Specials
-- ruled on this legendary weekend.
|Imagine the noise -- and look at the
body language of the drivers. This photo from Gus Vignolle's "MotoRacing"
shows the intensity of the race.
Shown here are:
Saturday winner Drake took the early
lead, but Hulette stayed with him. The two traded first place back
and forth while Saturday DNF Bob Edmison charged through the field.
Spencer, Miller & Dixon chal- lenged, then dropped out. On the
12th lap Drake had a very unfortunate accident, causing the race to be
Hulette won, Edmison finished 2nd, Mike
Roetnor in his 3-liter Ferrari Testa Rossa was 3rd, Stewart in the DeMar
Special was 4th. Jim Connor brought Stan Sugarman's Ferrari 625-TRC-Corvette
home in 5th place.
Flat out and evenly matched, this race
featured not only my favorite cars of all time but some of the hardest,
gutsiest driving I've ever seen. This was also the last time that
such a dominant field of V8 powered Specials met in such a mass battle.
Scalzo's Article Describes This Race!!!
Joe Scalzo article on this tremendous
July 8-9, 1961: John McCann's "Teakettle"
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