1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spyder

Car # 2D – 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spyder – white/blue

Driven by Tazio Ottis of Berkeley, California

Raced in the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1955 (1st P.Hill) and 1956 (1st C.Shelby)

This particular Ferrari, #0510M was purchased by Texas millionaire and racing enthusiast, Allen Guiberson, in 1955. Its racing pedigree makes it unique. Driven by Carroll Shelby and Phil Hill, it came second overall in the 1955 12 Hours of Sebring race. Both these gentlemen drivers scored several victories each in the car; Phil Hill for owner Guiberson in 1955, and Shelby in 1956; the car then owned by Dick and Jim Hall. In October of 1955, Jim Hall drove the 750 Monza to his first competitive win as a driver.

It spent the remainder of its competitive career being driven by Jim Hall at venues in California, Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana. In its 17 recorded races, it finished first, eight (8) times. It finished 1st or 2nd, 70.58% of its 17 races, in the hands of Carroll Shelby, Phil Hill, and Jim Hall.

Photo, right: The 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spyder with Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby at Monterey in 1997

The 750 Monza is a four-cylinder sports racer. It is powered by a Lampredi 3.0L 4-cylinder design with dual overhead cams. The body was designed by Dino Ferrari, presaging the droop-nose look of the 250 GTO; but it was Scaglietti’s interpretation of the 750 Monza, with its faired-in headrest that draws your eye.

1956 Cleary Crosley Special

Car #58 – 1956 Cleary Crosley Special – yellow – Class H Special

Driven by Michael Cleary of Thousand Oaks, California
A beautiful little Special built for the 750cc Class H. The chassis is from a Fiat Topolino and it is powered by a Crosley CIBA 4-cylinder motor mated to a Fiat Topolino four-speed gearbox. The bright yellow body from Bill Devin is in fiberglass.

It was built and raced in period by Michael Cleary; “I drove it to school but was too young for the SCCA to allow me to race. My first race was in September of 1957.” It has always been in the Cleary family so at race events the car is always supported by a large group of Cleary family members. The car was used in competition for many years, racing from 1956 until 1964. After that, the car was put into storage until the early 1990s when the car was brought back its original configuration by Michael Cleary and his son Jamie for vintage racing.
https://www.conceptcarz.com/profile/9475,17839/1956-Cleary-Special.aspx

Chassis #: SOS 263296 or PB 0750
The Cleary Special was built by Michael Cleary in the mid-1950s using a fiberglass body shell from Bill Devin and painted in bright yellow paint. The chassis and much of the mechanical components were sourced from a Fiat Topolino. Under the bonnet was a Crosley CIBA four-cylinder unit mated to a Fiat Topolino four-speed gearbox. The car was used in competition for many years, racing from 1956 until 1964. After that, the car was put into storage for many years. In the early 1990s, the car was brought back its original configuration by Michael Cleary and his son, Jamie. It is currently used in vintage racing.

https://www.conceptcarz.com/profile/9475,17839/1956-Cleary-Special.aspx

 

2021 – Bulletin #2 for drivers and owners

Del Monte Trophy Race Group Bulletin Number 2, June 2021

It was a pleasure to catch up with many of you earlier this month at the CSRG Laguna Seca races. We actually had 4 Jaguar XK-120s (see the group shot of the drivers and owners below) racing together all weekend in a scrum of nearly 30 cars. Our 1947-1955 Group was well represented by both Over and Under 2000cc production Sports Cars as well as California Specials.

I’m sure we are all looking forward to gathering the full Group at the Reunion in August. At this point, 28 cars have been invited for our Race Group 4A (Saturday). We are still working through a few issues with the Selection Committee. Several entries had been placed in other Race Groups and we have been able to get them reassigned. Several entries are under discussion and we are hoping for a decision next week.

2021 is the Pebble Beach Road Races and Concours d”Elegance 70th Anniversary celebration year. Our cars are the historic racing connection between modern day Pebble Beach and the Reunion. We want to ensure that everyone in the Group who wants to participate can join us for the Celebration. Celebration preparations have evolved in the several months since the last Bulletin. We have developed a proposal for large commemorative displays at both the Concours and the Reunion. These consist of 5 panels with art photos and text that present the Road Races in their historical context. The artwork and graphics are by noted digital artist, David Gentry, and the period race photos are taken from the PBCo Julian Graham Archives. Our proposal has been accepted by both the Concours and the Reunion organizers. Sponsorship is being finalized and we are moving to production.

A major element of these two exhibits will be the presence for the 5 Del Monte Trophy/ Feature Race winning cars. The Concours has gathered all 5 winners for a Special Exhibition Class. They will also be featured in other activities during Car Week. On our race Saturday they will be at Laguna Seca in front of the Anniversary Exhibit.

 

The cars of the 1947-1955 Del Monte Race Group 4A will play a key role in the Reunion’s Celebration. Those that actually participated in the Pebble Beach Road Races will participate directly and virtually in several activities. Last week the Concours organizers held a film shoot with 5 of our cars (photo below) doing (slow) laps around the original race circuit in the Forrest. The footage will be used in the coming weeks for various promotional efforts.

At the Reunion on race Saturday, the 1949 Parkinson Jaguar and the 1950 Cannon Mk.1 Specials will join the Phil Hill XK-120 Jaguar for photos and interviews. These cars were the top three finishers of the 1950 Feature race.

As in past years, we will be organizing our dedicated Del Monte Trophy Race Group paddock lane and activity. It will be linked with graphic panels to the main Celebration Display in the Exhibition/Drivers Lounge area. Ours are the sports cars that pioneered European-style road racing 70 years ago and we’ll make a big effort to use the Celebration to show them off.

Del Monte Trophy patches are available in two formats for your race suits. Send Rob your mailing address and you’ll have one for August. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.

Best Regards,
Rob Manson
(831) 601 0645
[email protected]

2021 Bulletin #1 for drivers and owners

Rob Manson writes:

Gentlemen, As we all begin (optimistically) to plan our racing calendars for the upcoming season, Doug and I felt that it would be a good opportunity to put out this first Del Monte Trophy Race Group 2021 Bulletin. The new Season will be the 70th Anniversary of the first European-style Road Races in California and on the Monterey Penninsula. For those of you doing mental calculations, this was to have happened in 2020 but… The upside is that everyone has had a bonus year to plan for a truly extraordinary celebration.

Download the Bulletin here… DMTRG 2021 bulletin 1 10 Jan 2021. The topic include:

  1. The 70th Anniversary
  2. Racing Calendar
  3. The California Road Racers Multi-Media Art Project
  4. Drivers Photo Gallery

Download the Bulletin here… DMTRG 2021 bulletin 1 10 Jan 2021

As always we welcome your suggestions and offers of help. We will be sending out further 2021 Bulletins as developments occur.

Rob Manson [email protected]

Doug Sallen [email protected]

News Blog 9: 2021 Covid-19, cancellations and alternative events

Message about the Monterey Motorsports Reunion from Doug Sallen and Rob Manson (2020 Bulletin 2) …

Hello All, after what has truly been a long strange Spring-into-Summer which in most of our cases has facilitated some serious garage time. We likely have our 1947-1955 race cars prepared like never before – all dressed up but with nowhere to go … perhaps “current license plates and open road at sunset”! There are hopeful signs for an active late summer and fall schedule in Northern California. Here is a list of events that could get us back on track. These organizers are our friends … get out on the track if you can …

CSRG Sonoma 7/10…
Laguna Seca Recreational Area Mangement Company Laguna Sea 8/8…
Sonoma Speedfest 9/3…
CSRG Sonoma 10/2…
CSRG T’ Hill 10/30…
SVRA Laguna Sea 12/3 …

Those of us who received invitations to this year’s August Monterey Motorsports Pre and Reunion and who are on their mailing list ( not necessarily the same thing … hmmm! ) will have received communications from Laguna Seca in the past week … copy below.

Laguna Seca Recreational Area Management Co …. the event organizers … in the end the intention as we all understood … was to hold the Pre and Reunion event “as a Club event” collapsed recently … county health and volunteer organization issues. The details are summarized in an article from Vintage Motorsport … below!

A consolation event … Drivers Appreciation Weekend … has been offered for the traditional 8 – 9 August Pre-reunion weekend for those entrants accepted for either or both of the Pre and Reunion. It will be organized by our friend HMSA / Cris Vandergif in adherence to the Monterey County guidelines for track day and private rentals for Laguna Seca Recreational Area / The Race Track. Recent weekends have held events including SCCA. Effectively, this means seat time for our vintage race cars at a reasonable / club price on our “home track” Laguna Seca. “No pool, no pets, no cigarettes” – paddock camping but no social events, no spectators and limited crew in the paddock. We’ll fly solo more or less … but fly all the same.

We would like to gather 10-15 of our Del Monte Trophy Race Group for the weekend and will stake out paddock space best we can given the “times” and work with Cris re group sturctures. This would ensure that we have someone to race with without too much hassle and enjoying beautiful Monterey Penninsula race track. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity to get our group together for a bit of socially distanced celebration of our great cars and the friends who keep them on the track.

Please tell us when you apply for the event so we can do a bit of organization in these turbulent times. All the best, Rob & Doug

From “The Track Mgmt Co”…..

Dear Participants,

We deeply regret to inform you that the Pre-Reunion and Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 13-16 are canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and its impact on public social gatherings. The health and safety of you, your crews and family are our utmost concern. After much discussion and consultation with local health and government officials, and feedback from many of our participants, we cannot envision a suitable way to provide for the wonderful race and social settings for families of all ages to enjoy.

CAL/OSHA still mandates as of June 5 that, “All public events or concentrated gatherings, including musical or other performances, at these facilities must be canceled or postponed.”

This has been a very difficult decision to make and we are truly disappointed. The entire team wants to thank you for your calls, email messages and feedback. You have been extremely supportive of the event and our attempts at finding a way to get you back on track.

You will receive a full refund of entry fees. Please contact [email protected] to begin the process.

In an effort to still get you on track, we will be hosting a Driver Appreciation Weekend to replace the Pre-Reunion dates of August 8 and 9, with load-in occurring on Friday, Aug. 7. This will be a private track rental where you will be able to enjoy driving in a low-key club-like affair. We empathize with many of you who remain dedicated to coming to Monterey, and this event is for you.

Please complete the attached simple pdf entry and return it to [email protected] by July 1. We want to make this process as easy as possible. Once entries are received Cris Vandagriff of HMSA will begin assembling the groups and developing the schedule to maximize your track time.

The attached press release will be distributed within the hour, as we wanted to ensure you heard the direction that we are taking firsthand.

Again, we cannot begin to thank you enough in words. But we hope to provide a suitable thank you when we return in 2021. We will keep in touch about run groups, opening of registration and other important matters in the coming months. Your patience and understanding during this time have been greatly appreciated.

Please continue to stay safe, healthy and happy.

Most sincerely, John V. Narigi , Barry Toepke, & Francesca Flores

News Blog 8 – plans for 2020

If you race with us or would like to, please read the newsletter from Doug Sallen and Rob Manson which you can download here:

Our 2020 Bulletin #1

With a lot of changes in “our vintage racing world” we are all primarily concerned with two things:

  • What is the Del Monte Trophy Race Group up to for us all?
  • What is different this year vs. last year for the Venues and Events that we participate in?

We have three events that we’re targeting for our DMTRG for 2020 and our Bulletins will be focused on developments related to those: RMMR,  Sonoma Speed Festival and SVRA Laguna Seca.

Among the gems therein…

• Update on Laguna Seca Recreational Park
• What’s different for RMMR 2019 vs 2020
• DMTRG: 1947 – 1955 Race Group re RMMR
• HMSA Rules re RMMR
• 70th Anniversary of first Pebble Beach Road Races and the first Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
• DMTRG is targeting THREE EVENTS for 2020!
▪ SVRA Laguna Seca: April 30 – May 3
▪ Sonoma Speed Festival: 29 May – 31 June
▪ RMMR @ Laguna Seca: 8 – 9 August & 13 – 16 August
• Car “bios” and DMTRG recruiting initiatives

 

Updates to the Del Monte Trophy Group register

 

Big news. It has only taken me four years to catch up, but we are now pleased to inform all drivers, owners and friends of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion – 1947-1955 Sports Racing & GT Cars group – the Del Monte trophy race group – that the cars and their owners have been brought up-to-date on the web site. You can look at the listings in two ways

By image: http://www.dmtrg.com/cars/

By text list: http://www.dmtrg.com/cars_list/

The number of each entry is in order of the cars going up on the web-site, nothing more significant. Cars and drivers which are not represented here are those where you have not sent us details, so please email [email protected] with a copy to Rob Manson ([email protected]) with the following details…

• Two photos of your car (or many more if you like) between 150kb and 1mb in file size
• Two photos of you, in race gear or in civvies
• Year of manufacture
• Manufacturer and type
• Engine and other details, laid out as follows if it’s convenient
o Engine: (Overhead/Side Valve) # of Cylinders (Flat 6, V8 etc)
Displacement in cc
Horsepower x bhp @ y rpm, torque z ft-lb at w rpm
Induction: carburettor type, intake type
Gearbox type, # of gears, final drive, diff, axle
Running gear and chassis; source and mods
o Brakes: Drum or disc brakes from what car type?
o Normal tyres: Blockley / Dunlop/Avon/ Hoosier Vintage TD / Hoosier Speedster / Goodyear Blue Streak / diameter in inches
Where is the car based? Who is the entrant?
• History of the car, designer, engineering development and special features
• History of the owner/drivers and race successes (especially the first)
• Web links to any sites or pages referring to the car
• A short bio on each car entered in this year’s RMMR, 150 or so words
and suitable to be “read” by an announcer as we grid for our races
and during the race as time permits.

Each car and owner (and/or driver) has also been posted on our Facebook page over time, facebook.com/hotrodroadracers/

With warm (today wet) regards from London

Marcus Bicknell

October 14th  2019

Monterey 2019 – Race videos and Mike Matune’s photo series

You might have missed these great official videos of our races at Laguna Seca on August 18th this year. Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2019 – the 1947-1955 Sports Racing group. Great commentary and so many of our cars are featured. Enjoy.
 
We were also pleased to get this photo montage, portraits of great cars at the Rolex Monterey Historic Reunion 2019, by Mike Matune. The image here shows just one of the several cars featured. Download 10mb of pure joy in pdf  here … monterey_2019_event_summary_mike_matune