These amazing cars were built by Troutman-Barnes
for Woolworth heir Lance
Reventlow. He and ace driver Chuck Daigh raced two of the three
cars in 1957-58. Reventlow retained the third for his personal transportation.
greatest triumph was Daigh's victory in the 1958 Riverside GP. He
Phil Hill in the Ferrari
412-MI and a full field of local, national, and European stars.
|Harry Heuer at Laguna Seca, Oct. 21-22,
1961, in "Meister Brauser" colors. See Preston
Lerner's excellent book for a detailed history of these cars.
||One week earlier...
Heuer rounds Turn 6 at Riverside during
the Oct. 15, 1961 "L.A. Times Grand Prix".
|Heuer at Riverside's Turn 8 late in
Friday's qualifying session.
This photo gives a good look at the 1.1
mile back straight leading to the banked Turn 9.
Don Orosco's Scarab at Laguna Seca in the 1990's!
|From Bill Kreuger:
"You say that Lance and Chuck Daigh raced
the two Scarabs and that Lance reserved the third for his personal use.
It is pretty well documented that the car that Lance had converted for
his personal use was the first car built and also the only one of the three
built as a left hand driver. It was the car that he usually raced
(#16). Lance raced car # 3 at Riverside along side Chuck because
he had wrecked # 16 in practice and took over the car assigned to Bruce
Kessler for the race. The two Scarabs started on the front row with
Phil Hill's Ferrari 412MI between them.
The third car was rarely raced as it
was generally needed for parts for the other two cars and was completely
rebuilt by Dick Troutman after it was severely damaged (nearly cut in half
by a tree some years later). It belongs to the Collier Museum back
east now. It has a wider nose than the race cars because Troutman forgot
that they had taken a 6" pie-shaped piece out of the front of the cars
when they found that they looked too wide initially. Augie Pabst
owns the second car built (Chuck's #5 from the Riverside win) that he got
for a song (some say around $500) in the Meister Brauser bankruptcy sale."
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