38-year-plus SCCA member, raced a yellow FF Winkelmann WDF-2 for 3 years in SCCA SE Div Regionals and Nationals in the early 1970s. My 1st drivers' school was @ VIR in 1971.
Have owned the 1966 Nickey Chevrolet McLaren M1B, Mk II, chassis #001 since 1969, when I purchased it fm George Alderman and Brett Lunger in New Castle, Delaware. Car is on the cover of July, 1966 R&T magazine. It was driven when new by Charlie Hayes and had partial sponsorship also by "Hoss" Cartwright(Dan Blocker) of the TV Series "Bonanza".
The primary sponsor was the famous "Nickey backwards-K" Chevrolet Dealership in Chicago, the largest Chevy dealer West of the Mississippi and famous for its' envolvement in automotive competition. Tom Stephanis' dad was one of the principals @ Nickey and Tom very actively campains a USRRC/Can-Am Genie in Vintage today!! The car was also in the movie "Winning" with Paul Newman, in a "Wink" commerical and driven around Central Park by George Alderman to announce the 1967 Can-Am Series!!
See photo below from the original press kit with Dan and Charlie shaking hands. The front cover of the press kit was a cartoon of the car, below. Interesting note: Directly behind the carbs on the tail section was lettered in quotes......."PURE HOSS-POWER"!!! The car was campained in the USRRC series and the early Can-Am Series. George Alderman and Brett Lunger also did quite well with the car and George won the Marlboro Cup in this car as well as other important events. Brett drove the car @ Nassau Speed Week as well and went on to do a stint in Formula One before retiring.
I am the third owner. We ran it once @ Watkins Glen in a 1970 Trans-Am/SCCA National with Bill Cannon up. I know I have a HUGE learning curve ahead to transition fm FF to this rocketship, not to mention the many years I have not driven in "anger". I'll need all the help & guidance I can get fm the vintage community.
Went to Jim Jones @ Traco Racing Engines in Culver City, Calif.(www.tracoengineering.com) and did the correct R&T motor with the 58 DCO-3 side-draft Webers, directly fm the 1966 build sheets. Jim now lives in NASCAR country @ Lake Norman, North Carolina & his shop is in Denver on "Racing Drive"!!! Re-build is on-going and our progress can be viewed soon @ www.mccainautomotive.com.
Also was heavily involved with the FCA(ferraris), and owned a 1968 330 GTC, sn#11247, a 308 gts and a Mondial. Was a head concours judge/3 member team @ the 1994 FCA meet(Pebble Beach) and Judged also @ Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake, Pinehurst, Savannah, Summit Point, VIR, Road Atlanta, ect. for 10+ years.
Thanks for the VRL!!!!....
p.s....Also own a 34M mile 1971 280 SL(Arabian Grey/Blk MB-tex) that my mom bought new.
Thank you for being part of our VRL community.
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Warmest personal regards - Stephen
Stephen J. L. Page
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bill, good to hear from you. not going to make vir,but trying to get ready for th mitty at road atlanta with my stock car the first of may. i did drive with harry in vee and super vee. it was one of my best driving deals. i amy not much on this computer talk i hope you get this. john
Have you any contact with Bill Culpepper? He restored and has a number of muscle cars, and you would not believe the attention to details he puts into each car. Even going to airport to purchase leaded fuel for the correct smell, right down to the correct magnets in speedometers, etc.