Bill McLaughlin and Enus Wilson with Bill's Iso A3C, which they would race at Sebring in 1964. The photo was taken when John Miller delivered the race-prepped car in Oklahoma.
William Foote "Bill" McLaughlin died in Greenwood, South Carolina, on May 1, 2012, at the age of 83. He was born in Lake Forest, Illinois, in 1929 and had a brief career in sports car racing in 1964.
At the time Bill lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he served as city budget director, owned two restaurants [The Forge and The Glen] as well as a Datsun dealership. He bought the Iso from Ed Hugus and had the car prepared by John Miller in Dallas. During the Sebring 12 hours in 1964 Bill raced it with Enus "Sonny" Wilson. All results have Ed Hugus as the third driver, but according to Wilson there were only two drivers.
The Iso finished 39th overall with 110 laps completed, after going through three gearboxes, the last one supplied with the help of Jim Hall. Even the third box functioned only in top and reverse gear, and the car had to be push started after pit stops. After Sebring McLaughlin raced the Iso with some success in SCCA Regionals around Oklahoma.
McLaughlin subsequent career in real estate management brought him to Texas, California and South Carolina, where he helped developed Kiawah Island and the Savannah Valley Authority. Other interests were military history, animal rescue and the family business in Chicago, McLaughlin's Coffee Company, the subject of two books co-authored by him.
Photo: John Miller
Willem Oosthoek Collection
Edited by Jerry Entin, 12 August 2013 - 20:03.