Friday morning came, and we had to scoot to Pebble Beach as guests of the Ford Motor Company for the unveiling of the freshly-freshened 1965 Lotus 38, chassis 01, the very car driven to the Indy 500 win by Jimmy Clark. It was about time that that poor car, ignored for years by an unsympathetic management, received some attention. Fortunately, Christian Overland, a TRUE enthusiast, is now VP of the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn. Christian was very interested to hear any stories about the car and every detail about it.
It was cold and drizzly, but we were quite honored to be a part of the very small circle of guests for this celebration, and besides as general freeloaders, we appreciated that they did not charge us for breakfast at the Lodge, as it was supplied by the nice folks at FoMoCo, John Clinard in charge. Can't dream of a more gracious and knowledgeable host.
Once uncovered, the car is seen to be in truly splendid condition. Thanks to Clive Chapman and his guys at Classic Team Lotus, they did not overdo it, and no part that was not then is now chromed or polished. This was followed by two brief speeches by Bobby Unser and Dan Gurney, who are both men of few words; thanks for that as it was really damp and we all wanted to get inside for some decent tea.
Christian, Bobby, Dan, and Edsel Ford (wearing cheap sneakers) are presenting a painting of the car by Andrew Kitson. To whom remained unclear because my hearing is getting worse.
The car was then shown on Sunday on the Concours lawn but surprisingly, got little attention from the folks walking by, to my utter dismay.
The lonely machine was basically ignored by the well-to-do, quite a disappointment.
At least, visiting Alice Hanks, widow of the late Sam Hanks, winner of the 1957 Indy 500, knew what she was looking at. Alice is a beautiful lady in every sense of the word. She was kind to pose with Yours Truly on front of "Old Nail", our own contribution to the show.
With the engine locked, we were automatically disqualified but who cares, we had a great time.
Edited by T54, 18 August 2010 - 21:36.