Gary Knutson on left and Jerry Mallett next to him.
Gary Knutson and Jerry Mallett's Lotus 11 that they purchased from Jim Hall. This area was called "Garden of the Gods" and it was in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
photo Loyde Knutson
Chuck Hall's Corvette that Gary Knutson helped him with.
Gary Knutson meet Chuck Hall, who was Jim Hall's younger brother. Chuck Hall was going to school in Colorado. Chuck Hall had a Corvette and Gary Knutson helped him with the preparation of the Corvette. We "prepared" it (see my name on the side) and Chuck qualified second and finished third in the 1958 Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
After running at Pikes Peak, Gary Knutson bought all the missing parts at the local Chevrolet dealer and put it back to stock.
Gary Knutson drove to Phoenix from Colorado Springs in his '57 Vette (with factory fuel injection) and his good friend (and soon to be partner) Jerry Mallett came with him. They went to see a sports car race. Jim Hall was racing his Lotus 11 with a 1500cc Climax. That's when Gary Knutson and Jerry Mallett discovered Lotus 11's. They hadn't seen a sports car race prior to that and were immediately hooked. Gary and Jerry decided they wanted to try sportscar racing and Chuck Hall said his brother Jim Hall had a Lotus 11 that was for sale. Gary and Jerry went to Dallas to get the car. Gary also meet Carroll Shelby at this time.
Gary Knutson's Lotus 11 getting ready for a test run.
This was the first running of the Lotus 11
Gary Knutson with helmet on and in front is his good friend Jerry Mallett. This was a place called LaJunta, Colorado and it was an abandoned WW2 air Training field.
photos Gary Knutson collection
Edited by Jerry Entin, 25 November 2012 - 18:51.