March 28, 2012
Dear Fellow Aficionados,
The rain is coming down on the west side of Culver City, west of Los Angeles. Since it doesn't rain much here, I took it as a sign that another Newsletter should come forth.
First, I wanted to let you all know that I have just added 60 vintage photos to the website. View the portfolio now! Scroll through the photos, then click "Next 10 Photos" to view them all.
Jack Bates Gullwing sprays the way for Louise Cano in a Lancia Aurelia 2500 Spyder January 1957
Some cars like the Mercedes Gullwing, AC Bristol, Corvair and a couple of three stockers from Paramount Ranch (how could I have forgotten them?) now grace our site.
There are, of course, many old friends and some new pit entertainment to make the journey interesting. Cobra is now represented with a much-increased inventory, this being the 50th Anniversary of Shelby's legacy.
Allen's photos on Shelby's Transporter
Photo courtesy of Rich MacDonald
(Dave MacDonald's son) Dave is in a white t-shirt above
Shelby America Transporters
For the past five years or so, a Shelby America transporter has been adorned with two of my images, very artistically done I must say. You can't miss that 12 foot Shelby on the side. But, I'll cover that in another newsletter.
Two New "Barn Finds"
There are two "barn finds" that I especially wanted to tell you about. Two images came to light in the last six months. They are special for two reasons (1) they are from the first year of my shooting sports car races and (2) the identity of the drivers.
Jim Hall - Corvette - Pomona, CA - 1956
Image #258, I knew the driver's name, but could not believe that it was "That Jim Hall". The program listed Jim Hall, not that unusual, at Pomona in 1956 in a black Corvette.
I sent Jim a copy of the image to identify. I can call him Jim now because he came up to me at the Petersen Museum tribute to Phil Hill last year, and said, "Hi Allen", even before I could explain to him who I was.
He called me later to say that it was he in the Corvette.
Image #317 is a Kodachrome taken at Paramount Ranch at the start of a production race. There is an AC Bristol, a Speedster and an Austin Healey.
Dan Gurney Speedster & AC Bristol
I found this image last year while researching the Paramount Ranch negatives for an article in Motor Trend Classics.
I looked, but did not see what hidden treasure the color slide held. I needed to identify the drivers. #59 AC was easy, Bob Oker. I did not use the magnifying glass on the negative, or I would have known instantly who the driver was.
Listed as the driver of the #2 Speedster was none other than Dan Gurney. These are the earliest images I have of Dan and Jim.
Events: Enjoy Your Trip Down Memory Lane
It's good to be in Southern California...
here are a few of the shows we'll be at:
Get more information on events in California
March 31 – Legends of Riverside IV
April 19-21 – Ford Cobra Shelby Reunion
June 2 – Steve McQueen Car Show
August 14 & 15 – Automobilia Monterey
October 10-14 – Ferrari International Meet
So ends Newsletter #... whatever.
Allen R Kuhn