William Cotter --
1961 Scarab Formula Libre
This was the most interesting car to
appear at the "Wine Country Classic" this year. Cotter, of Seattle,
WA, finished 9th on Saturday. It's the last of the fabled Scarabs,
and the least known. (Your webmaster had heard of it for decades
but had never seen it before.)
Chuck Daigh raced this car once, in Australia,
Park, on March 12, 1962.
|From Don Capps, "Rear View Mirror" article:
"...However, the Scarab did run
a race in 1962. For reasons not really clear -- it was possibly accurately
described as a "lark," Lance Reventlow and his entourage showed up in Melbourne,
Australia to run a Formula Libre race at the local race circuit,
Chuck Daigh was the driver and head wrench
Warren Olson was there to prepare the car for the race. Most of the attention
was on Reventlow -- son of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton and Danish
Count Kurt von Haugwitz-Reventlow -- and his current wife, Jill St. John,
not the car.
The Scarab was still using gasoline to
fuel its Buick engine whereas its opponents were in cars using alcohol
to power the Coventry Climax FPF engines in the various Lotus and Cooper
cars on the grid. Daigh qualified sixth and managed a fourth in a
preliminary heat. In the final, Daigh had a spirited battle the entire
race with Stirling Moss, nipping across the line ahead of Moss and capturing
fourth in the results. And it was then returned to the shop in Venice..."
It never raced again and it's subsequent
history is unknown to your webmaster.
Here's a discussion of the car on the
F1 Nostalgia Forum".
(A lot of "Googling" went into this page!
Hefty -- 1961 Cooper T-53 F-1
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