|Message from Scotty Beckett to Scott Sperka:
"The 1961 Road America"500" was indeed a special day for the "Lo-Test
as we lost the brakes about two hours into the race (brake line failure)
and we had to rely on the Balchowsky Buick engine to slow us down lap after
lap. I spoke with Max shortly after the race and he scolded
me saying "Scotty, the engine was designed for go----------not to slow".
Another special part of that race weekend was on Monday on the way back
to Minnesota we learned that Phil Hill had won the World Championship.
The "Lo-Test Engineering Special," originally LeMans Allard chassis
#3153, has been completely restored back to an Allard and the last I heard
it lives in Germany. I wrote an
article on the "Lo-Test" years ago which details all of the modifications
to the Allard. I understand it cost in excess of 1 million
$$$ to restore it to its original condition."
(1-16-09) From Scott Sperka:
Interesting letter to Scotty Beckett from Max
Balchowsky re: the engine.