News Blog 6 – March 2019 update

Hello All …. The following is an update on several topics that move the DMTRG program forward and updates on both 2019 events! Lots of “new” this year regarding Laguna Seca and our new / next DMTRG event at the “new” Sonoma Speed Festival.

With the transition of Laguna Seca from SCRAMP to the County of Monterey AND new leadership there are subtle and not so subtle changes for us … at minimum things for us to recognize if not adapt to. The best thing is DMTRG is recognized and counted on to be there!

As usual contact me or Rob with any issues or inputs.

All the best, Rob / Doug

In This Bulletin:

• Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion
• Sonoma Speed Festival
• Survey – Thank You
• New Logo
• The “Del Monte Trophy”

RMMR Pre and ReUnion: 10 – 18 August

We’ve met with WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca face to face once so far this year. Our focus this minute is recruiting cars. Rob got his entries in before the cut off. I was late by a day and had to ask … hat in hand … would you accept my late entry. Whoops. With that said … There is still time to get an entry in. The process is that Rob and I get involved by bringing our list of cars / drivers to the table and we are given the list of applicants received by the event organizers for our 1947 – 1955 Group. Then the lists go to the selection committee.

There is still time to get an entry in … if you’re now good to go tell Rob or me ASAP. We can make room.

*** This year we are back to being Race Group 1B … meaning Sunday main … NOT Saturday as the last two years. With this year’s event being a celebration of IMSA the Saturday / Sunday schedule has naturally been “crafted” to present IMSA cars.

Of course more to come regarding this year’s the event!!

Sonoma Speed Festival … 31 May – 2 June

Based upon your response we were able to offer some 20 cars to the organizer of the event. We were able to meet with the organizer and pooled their applicants with our list and … to quote Rob: “what’s not to love”. They like our program and want us. They’ll go over the applicants list in the next few weeks and tell us all who’s been accepted. Deadline to apply is 28 February…. I’ve clipped the statement from Cris’s recent email that includes a link to their site for applicants. This is to be a world class event …. very, very special celebration of our cars and their stories. Every aspect is quality! Great shades of Mr Earle’s Historics.

If you’ve not applied now is the time. This recent release from Cris Vandergrif has a link to the Sonoma Speed Festival site.

Sonoma, Calif. (February 19, 2019) – The Sonoma Speed Festival has announced its first-ever event from May 30th to June 2nd, 2019 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The event will feature ten invited race groups spanning the history of motorsports from the Brass Era to the modern age competing on track, along with world-class food and wine options and interactive displays for both casual and hardcore enthusiasts.

For drivers interested in participating in this year’s event, the deadline to apply for entry is February 28th. To request an application, click here. Vehicle highlights include the Porsche 917K, Ferrari 250 GTO and even the Lotus 77 Formula 1 car (John Player Special Mk.II). Over 220 vehicles will be in attendance and more significant attendees will be announced in the coming months.

The event will take place among the scenic rolling hills and dramatic corners of the Sonoma Raceway. Outside of racing action on the track, guests can enjoy a variety of activities and displays along with a craft beer garden and a Wine Pavilion featuring wine tastings and gourmet food pairings.

“The team organizing this event have attended the best motoring events in the world and want to bring that world-class level of execution and experience to one of the best race tracks in North America,” said Ryan R. Turri, General Manager of the Sonoma Speed Festival. “We’ve brought in teams that have worked on the most highly regarded automotive events and museums across the globe. This is an opportunity to see the most significant motorsports icons in action while enjoying the luxuries and comfort of a European-style motoring event.”

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Sonoma Raceway and to celebrate this milestone the Historic Trans-Am class will highlight the legendary Trans-American Championship race hosted at the track in 1969 with on-track competition between Trans-Am racing vehicles including Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros and AMC Javelins. Nine other premier race groups will be competing as well during the event, for a full list of participating race groups please click here.

Ticketing information will be available soon online at sonomaspeedfestival.com, along with additional information on special attractions. Learn more on the event website and follow the action on Facebook and Instagram.

Recent Survey

Thanks for taking time to respond to the survey in the last Bulletin. We’ll continue to include such short surveys to test the water on how we’re doing and to make the on track, in paddock and around town experience gets better……

Del Monte Trophy Race Group – NEW LOGO

We’ve had a list of things to do since inception of DMTRG and one “thing” has been a logo suitable for use as decals and flags / signs. The designs are done. A specific design specification was how would it look on the side of our cars on the grid. Additionally, about 1/3 of the cars in our 1947 – 1955 race group don’t paddock in our row. Our view is that if we offer a flag with the logo to DMTRG participants we can increase our group identity throughout the paddock. A simple flag that is affixed to an EZ UP pole lets us pull the community together AND stretch our arms around the paddock.

The “Del Monte Trophy” … A Trophy For DMTRG …

The Del Monte Trophy has been reintroduced in the spirit of the awards offered during the 1950 – 1955 Pebble Beach Road Races. We relaunched The Del Monte Trophy in August at the 2018 RMMR after a 62 year hiatus. Selection of the winners is based on “entirely subjective” interpretation of four criteria: period correctness, presentation, participation and performance during the Sunday feature event. Our jury of six selectors, three from the Over 2000cc Class and three from the Under 2000cc Class, chose Terry Buffum & John Buddenbaum with the 1949 Parkinson Jaguar Special and Gregor Magnusson with the 1954 Porsche 356.

Caption, left: Rob Manson and John Buddenbaum with two of the Del Monte Trophy Race Group trophies in late 2018. Rob is holding the perpetual trophy engraved with the names of the winners of the Del Monte Trophy at the Pebble Beach Road Races from 1950 thru 1956 as well as the winners from 2018 forward. John Buddenbaum is holding the take-home replica awarded to him for his exploits in the over 2000cc class with the 1949 Parkinson Jaguar Special.

Caption, right: Gregor Magnusson holding the 2018 Del Monte Trophy Race Group take-home replica awarded to him and his 1954 Porsche 356 Coupe in the Class up to 2000cc.

The Del Monte Trophy is a perpetual recognition award and the names of recipients for 2018 have been added to the plaques recognizing the winners since 1950. They have also been presented with individual trophies for their mantels. The trophy will again be presented this year to big bore and under 2L participants whose cars performance and presentation and participation quality marks a distinction during the DMTRG 2019 RMMR.

The true original is on the left of each photo, and the take-home replica on the right. Over 2L and up to 2L. Go for it guys.

 

News blog – Bulletin 5 – that’s Monterey 2018 !

DMTRG Bulletin #5 2018   rev180831b

DMTRG Bulletin #5 2018 rev180831b

HIGH FIVE TO US ALL! We made it thru the 2 weeks of Monterey Car Week! and put on a good show with our cars, our paddock and on the track. Whew! We all have a new list of “to do’s” that vary from finding a brake line leak … to getting pieces of metal “right” under the bonnet.
Rob and I started with some ideas 4 years ago and we’ve been checking off those great ideas (well!) each year with your help and support. THANK YOU …. We’re in a good place … but as usual everything on our agenda moves forward, and hopefully, gets better.
This year our race group was comprised of 47 cars. The mix of big bore and small bore was about 50/50 We counted 42 as DMTRG members … 5 or so snuck in late in the day! … humor. Rob and I looked at our grid 4 years ago and there were only a dozen or so cars that were consistent with our idea of a ’50 -’55 theme celebrating the drivers and cars of the Pebble Beach Road Races. We went to work recruiting cars, creating media visibility and resuscitating a race group that is, as we’ve put on the poster … “the soul of racing on the Monterey Peninsula”.
The cornerstone of DMTRG is the Registry. It gives us a facility to corral the cars and friends who own, drive, love em. A Registry refresh starts now; more on that, below. At last count, there were about 130 “Friends of DMTRG” including close to 80 cars.
Rob and my focus now, is more and better … we’ve got a couple more ideas … “oh no!”… and we’d like to have more of yours. Send all those comments in to us!
Please contact Rob or Doug with your thoughts.

All the best,
Rob: [email protected]
Doug: [email protected]

 

DMTRG Photographs: Our official accredited group photographer for the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was Colin Warnes Colin captured 325 images of the cars in the paddock and on the track. Go to the DMTRG Facebook site titles “Monterey Sports Car Road Racers”… click on https://www.facebook.com/hotrodroadracers. You can also download high defintion copies of nay of these photos at the following links. Colin thank you very much … GREAT JOB.

Friday photos:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19U4CjvHQohworFp2J2nJx5_l3iESunoD
Saturday morning race photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CcRxEVjlyM_GUoXn-3nldpbsj3aFWqOt
Saturday afternoon photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_LY8dnrZBtU2u5VG2vtinhQcJFjJe1xh

The “Del Monte Trophy”: One of the original great ideas was a perpetual Del Monte Trophy awarded to two cars in the tradition of the day: big and small bore …and their respective owners / drivers! It took a whiles to find “a cup”. I looked and only found old bowling and billiards trophies on eBay … didn’t seem right! We asked The Pebble Beach Company to look … they looked in the closet!

Our trophy hero David Nelson found the perfect cup, Rob polished this well-loved survivor and he found a trophy shop to make plaques listing the winners of the day and future winners from 2018. Jim Alder, David, Rob and I caucused after our event and talked thru cars & drivers in line with general criteria of: performance, presentation and spirit … and a cool factor!!!

Our inaugural DMTRG award goes to …

Gregor Magnusson of Santa Cruz with his cool 1954 Porsche 356

and to…

Terry Buffum & John Buddenbaum with the cool & most historic of cars in DMTRG …1949 Jaguar Parkinson Special.

Perfect choices for the inaugural award! Both award winners will receive a trophy for the book case in September and the “perpetual” trophy will get etched with their data and be on display at the HP Farm.

The Registry … aka The Mail List: We’ll be scrubbing the mail list and if we’ve missed taking you off … with apologies … please say one more time to remove you. Updating the list is a top priority. Our focus has been current / past drivers & owners, journalists, historians / authors, spares & service providers, event organizers, etc …. Based on our momentum, we’ve collected a lot of “Friends of DMTRG” that connect with our stories. If you know anyone that should be added bring them on or tell us and we’ll chase them down.

SONOMA 2019: As we all know there has been a recent announcement of a change for the Sonoma Historics to Wine Country Speed Festival and new leadership led by Jeff O’Neil. Jeff has tapped Cris Vandergrif / HMSA to partner on the event. This is a fresh start or restart for a long great event. We think this would make a great second event for DMTRG and any of “us” who plan to or would consider participating in the event drop Doug or Rob a note of your intent. The event will be held 31 May thru 2 June next year as the track celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. We think that this would make a great second event for DMTRG.

LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND MONTEREY IN 2019. The day after we get 20 cars with intent to run we’ll present our Monterey template to Jeff and Cris and ask for marketing support, dedicated paddock space and a Race Group focused on our ‘50-’55 DMTRG cars. With a list of our cars “in hand” and plans for recruiting more … we will present DMTRG as a crown jewel of the new event. Please drop us a note of your intent to participate.

Group 2A – 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT cars
Saturday Race Results
Footnote: of the 47 cars entered in 2A the split of big bore vs small bore was ~50/50
Dave Zurlinden Monterey CA 1953 Tatum GMC Spl. White 01:51.9
Terry Buffum (John Buddinbaum) Bend OR 1949 Jaguar Parkinson Spl White 01:52.4
Rob Manson Carmel Valley CA 1953 Kurtis 500S Dodge Red/Black 01:53.1
Jeff Awender Sunnyvale CA 1965 Miller Special V Orange 01:56.7
Bernard Juchli 1955 Jaguar Hagemann Special Dark Green 01:55.4
Doug Sallen Monterey CA 1952 Morgan +4 White 02:01.4
Lars Mapstead Aptos CA 1949 Baldwin Mercury Special Blue 01:59.1
Alex Curtis Scottsdale AZ 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Silver 02:02.4
Wesley Abendroth Washoe Valley NV 1955 Chevrolet Mistral Red 02:03.3
John Mote Sun Valley CA 1950 Allard K2 Smurf Blue 02:01.6
James Alder Reno NV 1952 Jaguar XK 120 OTS White 02:02.8
Nick Price 1953 Jaguar C Type Green 02:02.6
Leland Osborn San Miguel CA 1955 Crosley Special HM Blue/Red Stripe 02:04.0
Steve Marx Costa Mesa CA 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Red 02:07.0 9
David Nelson Geyserville CA 1955 Triumph TR2 BRG 02:06.7
Gregor Magnusson Santa Cruz CA 1954 Porsche 356 Silver 02:05.3
James Brown Fallbrook CA 1955 Cooper Type 39 White/Blue 02:03.1
Gary Cox Newport Beach CA 1953 Austin Healey Chevy Special Red 01:52.2
George Holt Gabriola Island BC 1954 Jaguar XK 120 Blue 02:09.3
Bernard Dervieux Palm Desert CA 1950 Alllard J2 Silver 02:11.0
Peter Smith Del Mar CA 1958 Austin Healey Sprite Blue 02:11.5
Jonathan Lane Greenwood Village CO 1949 MG TC Blue 02:13.3
Ed Lamintia 1955 MG TF Ivory 02:12.2
Michael Cleary Carpinteria CA 1955 Cleary Crosley H-Mod Yellow 02:13.6
Jeffrey Marx 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Silver 02:12.0
Jim Weissenborn Corral de Tierra CA 1959 MG Byers CR90 MG Special Red/White 02:20.1
Jack Perkins San Jose CA 1954 Warrior Bristol Green 02:22.8
Don Martine Pacifc Grove CA 1952 Deidt/Bell Special Disc 02:24.4
Robert S. Davis San Francisco CA 1953 Siata 208s Blue 02:04.4
Robert Williams Sunnyvale CA 1952 Fiat Siata Daina Red/Black 02:43.7
Kaid Marouf 1951 MG TD Green 02:09.1
Luca Maciucescu Santa Fe NM 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Silver 02:17.9
Jon LeCarner Placentia CA 1951 Allard K2 Red 02:11.1
Steve Schuler Capistrano Beach CA 1955 Hagemann Chrysler Special White/Blue 01:59.7
Doug Klink Estes Park CO 1951 Allard K2 Red 02:07.9
James Cleary Sherman Oaks CA 1952 Ken Hickey Sprint Car Orange
Jeffrey Abramson Alamo CA 1950 MG Von Neumann Special Red
Don Baldocchi Redding CA 1954 Nardi Crosley Spider Yellow
Marc Cendron Newburyport MA 1957 Tojeiro Tojeiro-Climax BRG
Terry Cowan Bonita CA 1960 Austin Healey Sebring Red
Jay Embree Granite Bay CA 1954 Lotus Mk VI Alloy
Lars Mapstead Aptos CA 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Black
Susan Patterson New Braunfels TX 1952 MG Devin Metallic Blue
Kevin Pitts Newport Beach CA 1959 Jabro Mk3 White
Ned Spieker Menlo Park CA 1957 Maserati 200Si Red
Vincent Vento Miami FL 1953 Kurtis 500S White W/Blue
Greg Whitten Puyallup WA 1953 Lancia D24 Sport Red

 

 

News blog – Bulletin 4 – preparing for Monterey

The Del Monte Trophy Race Group for 1947 – 1955 Sports Racing and Production GT Race Cars
DMTRG 2018 Bulletin #4 180811a

From Doug Sallen, 11 August 2018

Hello All….. this is overdue and many of us are loading or hauling for the Pre-ReUnion. We’d taken a decision to wait until the paddock plan was done before sending “Bulletin #4”… …. The paddock plan is still a work in process and should be completed today, tomorrow… ie SOON. Lots going on this year regarding the track …. Good for us … less going on for our group so we’ve been able to be “ready” when the SCRAMP folks are “ready” for us.

Please contact Rob or Doug with any questions / issues:

All the best, Doug

Rob: [email protected]   –   Doug: [email protected]

Media Plan: our outbound communications is focused on telling our story as far and wide as we can get. An initial press release has been prepared for our DMTRG Friends and Family. SCRAMP PR is also sending this “first press release” out to the Journalists and Photographers accredited to this year’s event. A “second press release” will go out next week as a reminder for the photo and interview opportunity that we are hosting Friday the 24th at 2.30 with the cars that we’re highlighting this year: Hagemann Specials, Allards, MG Specials and Crosley-engined Specials. Additionally, we’ll again prepare a set of DMTRG Car Notes for the track announcers.

See our press release in pdf: 2018 Del Monte Trophy Race Group Press Release 180810a

See the list of entries as per the Laguna Seca website on 12th August, in pdf: 2018 Group 2a entry list

Calendar of Events re DMTRG and Race Group 2A: This is just so all our activities / key events are on one page. Click on http://www.dmtrg.com/calendar-of-events-re-dmtrg-race-group-2a-monterey-2018/

The Paddock Plan for DMTRG is still a work in process. DMTRG will be located in Rows J and I except for those of you who indicated specific location requirements ( Prep Shops, Oversize Trailers, Multiple Entries , etc.). As soon as SCRAMP approves the plan for the Group, we’ll distribute it. OR, you will arrive and be directed to your space.

Posters & Banners: We made good progress regarding paddock “artwork” to enhance the visual experience for all. We’ve gotten a number of additional posters made so we’re up to 4 banners and 25 or so posters to mount on respective EZ Ups. Almost all the imagery has come via permission from Pebble Beach Company Longoria Archives and we are grateful for their support.

Trophies: A proper period cup has been found and shows plenty of patina just like our cars. We will relaunch the Del Monte Trophy this year as an perpetual annual recognition for presentation and performance by a Driver in each of our two Race Group Classes. Individual trophies will be given to the recipients in September. Looks like there will be four of us deciding the two recipients after our race event on Saturday. Another work in process.

DMTRG Photographer:  Colin Warnes , President of the Allard Owners Group, has been granted Photographer accreditation for Race Group 2A. Thank you Colin for volunteering again this year.

Again…… as a big reminder. The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will have OSCAs as one of it’s featured marques this year. John Grosseto has told us they will have 16 OSCAs on the PB lawn. We race on Saturday so we’re good to go to the Concours and make sure to stop by and check in with John and our “race period kin”…

Calendar of Events re DMTRG / Race Group 2A, Monterey 2018

Calendar of Events re DMTRG / Race Group 2A
The Del Monte Trophy Race Group for 1947 – 1955 Sports Racing and Production GT Race Cars

 

Issued by Doug Sallen, 11 August 2018

Wednesday, 22 August
9:00 – 6:00 Participant Registration
9:00 – 5:00 Tech Inspection
9:30 – 3:00 Track Orientation

Thursday, 23 August
7:00 – 5:00 Registration
8:00 Mandatory Drivers Meeting for Groups 1A and 2A
… our drivers meeting is earlier than the general drivers meeting time!!
9:15 – 9:35 Practice / Qualifying for Group 2A
5:00 – 7:00 Participant Welcome Party

Friday, 24 August
9:15 – 9:35 Practice / Qualifying for Group
2:30 – 3:30 DMTRG Media Event on Row J … photographers / journalists

Saturday, 25 August
9:00 – 9:20 Race 2A
2:30 – 2:50 Rolex Race 2A
3:30 – 4:30 DMTRG Awards on Row J

Sunday, 26 August
4:45 Awards Ceremony … Paddock Showcase Stage

Monday, 27 August
Breathe a sigh of relief and plant a row of cabbages.

News blog 3 – preparing for Monterey

The Del Monte Trophy Race Group for 1947 – 1955 Sports Racing and Production GT Race Cars

… at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 23-26 2018

2018 Del Monte Trophy Race Group Bulletin #3 – July 15, 2018

Paddock Plan: the filter for us is …. cars that are with prep shops / large haulers AND entrants that want to be elsewhere in the paddock aside from the row we get for DMTRG. The last three years we’ve discovered about 1/3 of cars in our group want to pit “elsewhere” which leaves us positioning 25 or so cars to tell the DMTRG story. We’re working on paddock plans now and positioning respective cars. As usual real estate is at a premium regarding paddock plans and with several special groups and vendor / sponsor displays this year it’s a “tighter” squeeze … again, a work in process. I’ll bet we have a good handle on paddock plan within days.

Posters: we have period race graphics of Pebble Beach racing that we have attached to EZ Ups last few years that we’ll put up again…. 10 or so. For any of you that want a poster of your car from the day or a race image from the day you’d like to have made ….. We have a member of our group that has stepped up and is glad to produce banners. Cost in the past has been ~$75 for a ~4’ x 3’ poster with eyelets. Please tell us asap if you’ve images you’d like to have made to add to the story of our row. The balance of the year the posters are great garage art to tart up your cars hideaway.

Trophies: several of us have been thinking thru DMTRG trophies. Our current thinking is a perpetual trophy …. on the four sides …. two plates with names of great racers of the day … and two plates (one for <2L and one for >2L) which we’ll get updated annually with best spirit / performance recognition for members of our group. Additionally, we’ll have two trophies one for <2L / small bore and one for >2L / big bore …. for the recipients to keep for ever and ever. The big bore award will be titled: Del Monte Trophy. The small bore award will be titled: Cypress Point Trophy. What do you think?… ie feedback please!

Media Plans: we’ll continue to send out DMTRG press releases to targeted publications to position our cars and rich racing history. We’ll be focusing on highlighting three aspects of our 2018 47 – 55 race group: Hagemann Specials, Kurtis 500s, H Mods. Our press release focus continues to be cars that are in DMTRG that are representative of models that raced in the day …. best when the car did race in the day and we have several of them.

Pebble Beach Concours: The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will have OSCAs as one of it’s featured marques this year. John Grosseto told us they will have 16 OSCAs on the PB lawn. We race on Saturday so we’re good to go to the Concours and make sure to stop by and check in with John and our “race period kin”…

Research – Wally Edwards’ Special – can you help?

Our friend Mike Matune contacted us at the Del Monte Trophy Race Group to ask for help in identifying a 1950s American road race car. Please rack your brains and your files to be able to help him and us.

We now have the pleasure of being able to make available on this web site the two attachments which Mike has and which will help you in your search:

Article in Vintage Racecar magazine – download here

Spreadsheet of the Edwards’ Special activities – download here

 

Mike’s message:

Hi y’all,

Trust this finds you all well. I came across a question on an American road racing special of the 50s was hoping you could help. In this month’s “Vintage Racecar” magazine, Dr. Mark Brinker’s “Hidden Treasures” column talks about a 1950s Allard Special Mystery” chassis. I have attached a scan of the piece. Here is more on the chassis:

http://www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/ErichSchultz1.html

After a little investigation, the consensus feels that the chassis may be the Edwards Special built and campaigned by Waldrip C. “Wally Edwards of San Diego. As you can see from the article and the website, the car’s history is cloudy at best. Among the issues that cloud its lineage is the fact that car numbers for the events in which it ran don’t line up. We have summarized what we think we know about the Edwards Special in the attached spreadsheet. There is some thought that the first and last entries on the spreadsheet may not actually pertain to the car we are seeking, but we have left them on the list until we flush out everything we know.

Tracing the history is difficult because most information on an “Edwards Special” pertains to Sterling Edwards cars. There is copious amounts of information on those cars. We think the Schultz chassis was under a completely different car. I have three books on American road racing specials and none of them mention a Wally Edwards or his car.

Any other thoughts on this one? Please feel free to reach out with any comments or questions. Don’t hesitate to forward this note as you see fit.

Take care, Mike

M. M. “Mike” Matune, Jr.

6121 Mountain Springs Lane, Clifton, Virginia 20124. Email: [email protected]

Joel Driskill reports back… “I saw this car when this video was first put on YouTube and dismissed it as an Allard as it wasn’t uncommon to modify the bodies some. After reading this post my initial thought was def wrong. I’ll also go through my newly digitized video archive (thank you American Hot Rod Foundation) to see if I have any more film of this car. we’ll see.”

Article in Vintage Racecar magazine – download here

Spreadsheet of the Edwards’ Special activities – download here

Please send comments on the website to the acting distant webmaster Marcus Bicknell [email protected] The two photos here are linked from http://www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/ErichSchultz1.html with thanks.

News Blog 2 – the 2018 season

Published by MB for RM and DS, April 15, 2018

The Del Monte Trophy Race Group
for 1947 – 1955 Sports Racing
and Production GT Race Cars

Update on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 23-26 2018…

Acceptance letters are out and we’re again group 2a … Saturday. There will be some added and some dropped out … such is the process.

  • We’re scheduled to start working with SCRAMP re paddock plan
  • Dedicated row “again” with focus on presentation…
  • We’re working on display space for OSCAs (featured at the PB Concourse) and Hagemann cars …

We want to name our row … any ideas?

  • Row graphics … aka signage
  • We’ll put down a welcome mat as last year …. a ground graphic … “START”.
  • It was a door opener, well received and we’ll do it again.We added 8 additional graphics of “racing in the day” last year …
  • An offer for you! … we will get images you have of “racing in the day” printed by our printer. Cost to you will be about $50 per graphic. Great home garage art when not on your EZ Up. If you don’t have pictures … we have images that you could sponsor.

Support for SCRAMP initiatives

  • Paddock tour: very much appreciate small groups of guests are escorted around the paddock.
  • We’ll provide “notes” on racing in the day and cars on our row.
  • Also, one of us will be on duty as the groups come around to tell the story of racing in the day and the cars

SCRAMP media plans

  • We’ve provided “notes” on cars for announcers the last three years.
  • There will again be live video stream of races … we’ll provide info packets
  • Magazine interviews: we reach out and SCRAMP direct publications to us
  • We’ll be reaching out for short statements on your cars

Two wave start …

  • Actually we’d position small bore cars 5-8 seconds behind as we go thru 11 on out lap
  • We’ve long had a view of “> and < 2L cars racing thru turn 2” at the start … context!
  • This is as much for us drivers as a spectacle for the show … several operations issues. We’ll try again!

DMTRG Trophies

  • SCRAMP will cut back on trophies they present this year
  • We’d like to initiate awards sponsored by our group for our group presented during our post event wine and cheese!
  • An idea: Two perpetual trophies … one for each sub group. Trophy with 10-12” wood base with both racers of the day (Pebble Beach races) and current awardees.
  • What do are your thoughts? … We’ve gotten several comments on such over the last couple years

DMTRG Washington, Oregon, NorCal 2019 Series *

  • Last year we were contacted …. during and after the Reunion … about “can we bring our theme and cars” to other vintage race groups …. regarding other events in NorCal, Washington, Oregon
  • We’d work to get paddock places, promoted as a feature group, hotel discounts, etc
  • Best for us … to get more 47-55 cars to come out and join the party. We’d also press for sponsorship by an “industry” player for “support”
  • Current thinking is an event in Seattle / Kent, one in Portland, 2 at Sonoma and Pre / ReUnions at Laguna Seca.
  • If enough of “us all” are interested we’d start pushing on magazines and race groups across the US to recruit.
  • Consider this a bucket list series … we’d start pushing on the topic if we could find 12 – 16 “of us” that would “plan” to do 4 of the 6 events. Tell us if you’d be interested! No commitment at this time but if you’re interested drop a note to Rob or Doug and we’ll keep you current on our progress.

* DMTRG: Del Monte Trophy Race Group

Some things never change – reflections by Peter Darnall

The Parkinson Jaguar Special, now there’s a real sports racing car! Let me share a couple of pictures with you; there’s a bit of a story too. I took this shot (left) of the Parkinson Jaguar Special during the CSRG Season Finale at Thunderhill in November 2017. The car was close; so close I could have stepped into the passenger seat beside John Buddenbaum as he flashed by. These areas were designated “off limits” to the public for safety reasons, but I had photographer’s credentials for the event.

Event programs usually feature in bold print the caveat “Motor Racing is Dangerous.” No argument with the logic; racing automobiles is an unpredictable activity, and no one wants an errant race car ending up in a spectator’s lap. These days, spectators are herded into designated zones and allowed to view the far-off action through a wire mesh safety fence. The cars themselves have become truly bizarre: crash resistant safety cocoons festooned with airfoil devices and tarted up with outlandish paint schemes and corporate paraphernalia.

Thanks, but I prefer the way things were back in those heady days following World War Two, when European style road racing came to the United States. Sports cars like Don Parkinson’s Jaguar Special were created to be used on public roads during the week and raced on weekends. And they raced on real roads, not designer courses with contrived turns, huge run-off areas, and billiard table smooth road surfaces. Spectators were welcome, but no amenities were provided.

Imagine sitting beside the road in Golden Gate Park. It’s Sunday afternoon in late May 1952. You’re in a small group of people on a grassy slope on Middle Drive West at the intersection of Metson Road. Normally the speed limit for automobiles would be 15 mph, but not today: The Guardsmen sponsored

Bill Pollack driving the #14 Allard Cadillac, leading Phil Hill in the #22 Ferrari 212 Inter. Hairpin Turn Golden Gate Park, Sunday in late May 1952. Photo by Don Palmer, with thanks.

sports car races are on and this intersection is now a hairpin turn at the end of a long straight. The speaker on the makeshift PA System has just announced that Bill Pollack, driving Tom Carsten’s Cadillac Allard, has been timed at almost 140 mph and he’s headed our way.

The black Allard suddenly appears up the road to our left. He’s coming fast, hugging our side of the road. The wheels are stirring up small clouds of dust from the grass and the nose drops sharply as Pollack brakes hard for the hairpin turn. We instinctively pull back a few feet and suddenly the car is right in front of us. We’re almost close enough to read the instruments on the dash as the Allard cuts for the apex of the turn at the intersection. The thunder of the big Cadillac engine makes the ground shake as the Allard accelerates away. The left front fender brushes a hay bale across the road and a bit of straw flies up in the air . . .

Such was my introduction to the sport of road racing! Of course, it was dangerous . . . but that’s not the point. Nobody obsessed on this contingency in those halcyon days.

Don Parkinson was an architect in Southern California. He shared an aspiration to become a race car driver with his brother-in-law, Phil Hill. Unfortunately, Parkinson misjudged the first turn during the Pebble Beach Races in 1951 and smacked a tree with his Jaguar XK120. The badly damaged Jaguar was sent to Roger Barlow’s International Motors in Los Angeles for repairs and rebuilt as a “Special.” The spartan bodywork, with its cycle fenders and subtle curves, was drawn by a teenager named Robert Cumberford. Marvin Faw matched the drawings with sheet aluminum stretched over the modified Jaguar chassis. Richie Ginther reworked the Jaguar engine, enlarging to 3.8 liters. Phil Hill was closely involved with the project from the beginning.

Google it: A record of the names of the men involved with the Parkinson project reads like a “Who’s Who” of the Southern California racing scene; the Parkinson Jaguar Special has a real pedigree. Don Parkinson had considerable success with his Jaguar Special. He took a class win in the feature Guardsmen Trophy event at Golden Gate that first year. He eventually sold the Special for a C-Type Jaguar.

Sports cars would race again in Golden Gate Park the following year. Word of the excitement of racing fast cars on the Park roads had spread and the crowd which showed up was much larger. Workers had spread snow fencing alongside the roads to discourage spectators from crossing the course. The vantage points at the hairpin turn had been fenced off. . . too dangerous they said.

Times were changing.

The Parkinson Jaguar Special was out for the CSRG Season Finale at Thunderhill this year (another photo I took is below). John Buddenbaum was putting on a fine show driving the veteran racer hard all weekend. Clad in conservative white livery and wearing number “3,” the Parkinson Jaguar Special looks much the same as it did over six decades ago in Golden Gate Park.

I wish I could say the same.

November 2017

 

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Press Release Published MB/RM Jan 7, 2017

The Del Monte Trophy Race Group
for 1947 – 1955 Sports Racing and Production GT Race Cars and the 1947-1955 Transatlantic sports racing car challenge

Invitation to Race at the 60th celebrations of the Pebble Beach Road Races and the Laguna Seca Raceway

Following the first appearances, last year, of Rob Manson’s 1949 Baldwin V8 Mercury Special and his 1950 Streets Manning V8 Mercury Special alongside Ernie Nagamatsu’s Old Yeller II at race and hill-climb events in the UK, the tables are turned. UK and European based sports racing and production GT cars from the period 1947 to 1955 are invited to race in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca 16-20 August 2017 and/or to participate in the concurrent Monterey Car Week. Drivers not only get 2 qualifying sessions and 2 races at Laguna Seca, but also the opportunity to get the same amount of track time just one weekend before, at the Historic Pre-Meeting on the same track.

The 1947–1955 Sports Racing and Production GT Race Cars, also known as the Del Monte Trophy Group, includes early production sports cars that arrived in the US after WWII including Jaguar XK-120s, MG T-types, Allards, Kurtises, early Porsche 356s, other European exotics of the day and numerous USA-built Specials … typically based on scrap yard or war surplus-sourced components… known as the hot rod road racers.

Carmel-Monterey-based Rob Manson is working to ensure that these cars remain a prominent and exciting feature at major vintage car road racing events across the US. The Group’s focus for 2017 is Monterey / Laguna Seca in August. These cars would have competed at the Pebble Beach Sports Car Road Race and other venues held in parks, public roads, airports and military bases when the national series included over 30 events nationally.

2017 is the 60th Anniversary of Laguna Seca Raceway, the permanent track built nearby in response to the public demand created by the Pebble Beach Road Races and the 60th Anniversary of the last of the Pebble Beach Sports Car Road Races. A number of activities will be organized for the Del Monte Trophy Group during the Monterey Car Week in mid-August … emphasizing the cars’ significance to the introduction and popularization of sports car racing in the Western US. We are working with The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Laguna Seca Raceway in support of these Anniversaries. Our focus regarding this announcement is racers, owners, historians, media, organizers, marque clubs and several event venues.