1961 L.A. Times GP
-- "Consolation Race"
A classic moment in time captured: Roger
Penske in his Cooper Monaco passes early leader Bob
Edmison in the Mercedes-Corvette
braking for Riverside's Turn 7. Penske easily won the "Consolation
Race" and finished 4th in the main event. Edmison spun and crashed
in Turn 2 after overheating his rear tires in his futile chase of Penske.
runs a surprisingly close 3rd in his near-production Corvette. He
didn't qualify for the Times GP main event.
leads the next group of four in the ex-Bill Krause Birdcage Maserati; Ricardo
Rodriguez follows in the Ferrari TRI/61 "Testa Rossa".
Rodriguez and Sargent took each other out in Turn 6 a couple of laps later.
Next is Augie
Pabst in one of Briggs
Cunningham's tempermental and unreliable V12 Maserati
Type 63 "Super Cages". Pabst finished 2nd to Penske and qualified
for the Times GP; he lasted one lap: the car suffered a fuel leak and caught
Then comes Jerry
Grant in Ferrari 250TR
Grant finished 3rd and transferred to the main event. He drove the
outdated Ferrari to a 14th place finish.
The blue car is Rick Lewis in the "Roadrunner
Special"; he didn't transfer.
The red car beside him is Don
Hulette in the Arciero Bros.' Maserati powered Ferrari. This
peculiar hybrid began life as Ferrari 375 MM #0362
AM. It gained a fiberglass Mistral body and was driven to 2nd
place in the 1958
Riverside GP by Dan Gurney, still with a 4.9 liter Ferrari V12.
Later, a 4.2 liter Maserati V8 from the Arcieros' unsuccessful Indy car
program replaced the big Ferrari engine. Hulette finished fourth
|Don Hulette on his unhappy run in the
"The car was the worst-handling I'd ever
driven... The shift lever broke off at Turn 9 on the first lap and I had
to shift with the shift linkage. After almost crashing five times
when I'd come into a corner in neutral, trying to get into gear, I parked."
Vol. 7 #2
Scalzo's "Plugs and Points"
Next is Chuck
Kessinger in Dr. Rey Martinez's Maserati
450S. He didn't transfer to the main event.
Andre Gessner follows in his Chrysler-Hemi
Special. He didn't transfer.
Next is George
Koehne in his Birdcage Maserati; followed by Bob
Hurt in his Ferrari TR59 "Testa Rossa" #0766.
Eric Hauser chases them in the ill-fated
This car was rebuilt from the wreckage of the Lister-Chevrolet
Don Hulette crashed and burned in the 1960 L.A. Times Grand Prix.
Next is Bob
Herda in the Huffaker Special-Chevrolet.
He didn't transfer.
Two Under-two liter cars chase Herda:
George Grinzewitsch in his
Monaco and Steve Baughman
in his Maserati
200 SI. Both transferred to the main event, and both DNF'd.
I can't ID the last three cars.
Anyone? (Any other freaks out there obsessed with this minutia?)
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