|Jerry van Kalleveen's AC Bristol
From Jerry: "I have been thinking about posting my car
as a mystery car for some time. It is a 1957 AC Ace-Bristol that
allegedly was raced until 1964 and would have been SCCA SW regional champion
class DP. The only year the AC Bristol was in D class was 1960 (before
E, after C). This information from an article of the then owner Rick
Kimball (copy available)."
|From Jerry: "The car is an unusual color since even
before that time, a shade of butterscotch/pumpkin kind of color. Originally
Ford Cordova, a truck color it is written.
However, originally it was Vermillion (light red) and it may or
may not have raced in this color. The current color was most probably applied
|"It was sold new through Jarrard Motors of Pensacola, FL. I don't
know when it made the transition from Florida to California. In fact, I
know nothing about the period before 1964 when Rick Kimball bought it and
made it a road car again. Of course, I have been trying to find this person
who was also a yachtsman that time. So far no luck. I know the names
of all the subsequent owners."
|"I have also contacted the SCCA historian but he wrote there are
generally no records of regional racing of that period (only national racing).
The chassis number is BEX316 and the engine is 100D650 which is original
to the car."
More about Jerry's car in the October, 1970 issue
of "Road Test" magazine.
If you can help Jerry with the competition history of his car: Please
|(12-6-09) From website
contributor Malcolm Wood:
"I'm not sure if this helps or is already known by Jerry.
In the book "Ace Bristol Racing" by John McLellan & Tony Bancroft,
BEX 316 is listed with the following information:
BEX 316 100D 650 ex works 04.07.57
ex D.A. Belden, D Durst, SCCA SW Champ '60, 'Road Test' Oct '70
I don't think the car is mentioned or illustrated in the general
text of the book."
|(2-11-10) Jerry contributed this photo and the one below.
From Jerry: "ome time ago I received these older pictures of my AC
Bristol car. I guess the picture (above) with the 2 guys is the older one
of the two. It could be useful just in case anyone might recognise
one of these guys. I would guess at least one of them is one of the previous
owners Bill McKenna or David Belden."
|From Jerry: "This picture most probably is taken in the garage
of Derek Durst, the last US owner." Both of the cars behind the Bristol
If anyone can add to Jerry's knowledge base about his car's history
or maybe can ID the Cisitalia-esque coupe or the roadster in the background:
|(2-12-10) From Jerry van Kelleveen:
"You mention the Cisitalia-esque coupe in the background. However,
it seems to have the same kind of nose as my car and would most probably
be an AC Aceca, the coupe version of the Ace (could be AC or Bristol engined).
I know Derek Durst aka mrbadger on the internet had a few Aces and Acecas
for sale during the past 10 or 15 years.
I'm not sure about the other one. My first guess would be an MG.
Partly because I know Derek was also into MG's and partly because of the
basic shape. Not a T-type of course or even a P-type because of the flat
cowl but another earlier prewar MG type."
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