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#1 Jerry Entin

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 10:31

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Davey Jordan and George Keck and Tony Settember and Doug Hooper.

 

Tony Settember passed away on Sunday, May 4th at 6:53 p.m.  No date has been set for services yet.  He had not been ill long and true for a racer....he was in a hurry, had been on Hospice 3 days.

 

Patti Settember


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#2 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 13:56

Very sad news, Jerry, thanks for passing it on. RIP Tony. A life and career far more significant than his F1 experiences

#3 Jerry Entin

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 00:03

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Tony Settember's Ecurie Scirocco's Corvette that he ran at Le Mans in 1962 with John Turner
 
The car lasted 150 laps until it retired with gearbox trouble.
 
Tony was a great guy and I always looked forward to seeing him and Patti at the Legends of Riverside .
 
Photo: Willem Oosthoek Collection

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#4 Jerry Entin

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 00:07

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Tony in his Formula One Scirocco Powell in 1963

This car was sponsored by Hugh Powell, he took over Emeryson Cars at the end of 1961 and after a year running Tony Settember and John Campbell-Jones he decided to revamp the team in 1962. It was renamed Scirocco-Powell Racing and new versions of the Emeryson design were built under the Scirocco designation. These were fitted with BRM V8 engines. The first car did not appear until the 1963 Belgium Grand Prix.


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#5 Jerry Entin

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:07

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Tony Settember in his Lola T-330

Tony competed in F-5000 in the US. He was sponsored by Torvic Hone - O - Drive and had run a McLaren Mk 10 B before his Lola T-330.



#6 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 06:19

Some results at this link (two pages):

 

http://www.racingspo...tember-USA.html

 

And some photos here:

 

http://www.racingspo...tember-USA.html

 

Got to meet him at Legends of Riverside and at the Seattle Historics…seemed like a nice gentleman.  I believe he and Bill Krause were good friends.

 

Vince H.



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:56

RIP

#8 Vettefinderjim

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 14:03

 

tonyvette_zps92447760.jpg
Tony Settember's Ecurie Scirocco's Corvette that he ran at Le Mans in 1962 with John Turner
 
The car lasted 150 laps until it retired with gearbox trouble.
 
Tony was a great guy and I always looked forward to seeing him and Patti at the Legends of Riverside .
 
Photo: Willem Oosthoek Collection

 

I met TONY SETTEMBER at the first RIVERSIDE RACEWAY LEGENDS REUNION in 2008. The following year, on 2-25-09 interview he told me the following.

 

''I raced the 1955 300SL Gullwing at Pebble Beach and beat the 56 Corvette of Dr. Dick Thompson in April 1956. I owned a Mercedes dealership in Ontario, CA and bought my first Corvette, a 1957 silver fuel injection car from MK Smith Chevrolet, Ontario, CA for general driving pleasure. MK wanted me to repair the fuel injection systems that the dealership employees were having problems with. The car was one of the first 4 speed cars, the first fuel injection 283/283hp car M.K. received. It was a real fun car with plenty of power, and terrible brakes.  I raced Santa Barbara in October 1957 (#227 race number) then the first Riverside race on Labor Day Sept 1-3, 1957.

 

In 1958, I was sponsored by JACK YOUNG and raced his, 1958 SILVER #38 with great success. CHIEFTEN BODY SHOP was Jack Young’s business and BILL THOMAS built a wonderful engine. I received backdoor support from Chevrolet’s VINCE PICKENS, to Bondurant and me. I raced that car in 58 and 59 and 60 when it was painted yellow again with good results and then went to Europe. 

 

In England, I got hooked up with a 22 year old millionaire Hugh Powell from Connecticut and a special racer called the WRE, (World Racing Enterprise). The open wheel car was 80% complete when Powell hired me to go to England and find out if all his money was truly in the car. I flew over and found a beautiful racer without a driveline, so I asked friend Briggs Cunningham where we might purchase an engine for this beautiful car. He suggested Maserati and ‘LUCKY’ Casner who formed the CAMORADI RACE TEAM. I followed advice, and we created a beautiful race car with a front-engine powered Maserati  2L open wheel special. We tested at Modena and then went to Naples Grand Prix and I won in the rain. My racing career became big news in Europe with this win. The car was a dream to drive, but the new Maserati Birdcage was being pushed to the front of the pack and we received no additional help from the Maserati, so we sold the car in late 1961. I was approached by Ferrari and invited to the factory, but family pressures prevented what ''might have been'' a great driving experience with the Ferrari team.

 

Hugh Powell still wanted to race, so I suggested buying a Corvette from my old friend M.K. Smith in Southern California. I ordered a white / red no radio fuel injection hardtop only car with 4 speed, positraction and heavy duty RPO 687 brake and suspension. By now we had become Scuderia Scirocco of USA/GB from Modena Italy Race Team.

 

The car was shipped to us and we prepared the car for racing and added a 37 gallon gas tank that Maserati built for us from drawings supplied by Zora and Vince Piggens. We also added a SUN Electronic tack, running number lights, fog lamps and mud flaps. We tested at a hill climb race test in Verona, which we won easily.

 

Jack Turner and I entered the 1962 LeMans race on June 23, 1962. It was the only 1962 Corvette in the LeMans race, and the first Corvette to compete since the Briggs Cunningham effort in 1960. This car was also the first year for the large 327 cubic inch or 5.3 liter engine. It was very powerful. The car ran without a hitch for well over 11 hours, when Jack downshifted after the Mulsanne Straight and inadvertently, pulled up the reverse lock out lever, and the transmission lost two gears. I took over the controls with only first and fourth gear and held my own,  but after 14.5 hours and 150 laps the engine went away after a piston blew due to lean fuel mixture from a fuel injection drive cable slipping. Officially we finished 30th overall and 12th in GT, as a DNF. 

 

The car was shipped back to Southern California and I never saw it again. 

 

In 1980, long time Corvette sleuth Mike Pillsbury (now deceased) found Roland Gorman in Ohio who owned the car and needed a hardtop and decklid, as the originals were stolen off the car.  Roland sold it to good friend Dale Pearman from  Atwood, Tennessee. In 1983 when all the vin numbers were discovered in FIA LeMans files, Dale realized he had a car worth restoring. He and nephew Ken Hansen from Media, TN finished the restoration. Dale passed of kidney disease in the spring of 2005. The car is restored to perfection and received the NCRS Heritage Award at 2006 NCRS National Convention Park City, Utah. LARRY BOWMAN purchased the car at the Gooding Auction in Palm Beach, FL in spring of 2007. Sold again in 2011 to Steve Leistein in Long Island, NY where it is today. The car appeared at ROAD AMERICA at the CORVETTE WORLD TRIBUTE event in August 2011.

 

 

Meanwhile, Tony Settember came back to California in 1963 and drove the new Stingray 63 Corvette for Shelly Washburn Chevrolet and again in 64. The for Webster Racing. I drove a Lotus 23, then a  Lola T-70 in the 1965-66 time period. In 67 and 68 I raced the 67  Camaro Trans Am car for Washburn Chevrolet of Santa Barbara, California. There was a Ferrari ride in there also, I just don't remember the dates''

 

Tony will be missed. A very gentle man, who was a real pioneer in Road Racing around the world.


Edited by Vettefinderjim, 07 May 2014 - 14:38.


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 14:13

Some results at this link (two pages):

 

http://www.racingspo...tember-USA.html

 

And some photos here:

 

http://www.racingspo...tember-USA.html

 

Got to meet him at Legends of Riverside and at the Seattle Historics…seemed like a nice gentleman.  I believe he and Bill Krause were good friends.

 

Vince H.

Yes Vince, Tony was good friends with BILL KRAUSE and many other racers of the day. BOB BONDURANT called me last night and DICK GULDSTRAND on Monday. RACINGSPORTSCAR has Tony as the winner at Pebble Beach. Dick Thompson actually beat Tony to the checker flag. The MB Gullwing may have been in a different class, but that win for Thompson and Corvette made history for the Corvette.


Edited by Vettefinderjim, 07 May 2014 - 14:18.


#10 Jerry Entin

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 23:57

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Tony Settember in the earlier Corvette he has just explained about.



#11 Jerry Entin

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 00:02

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Tony Settember at home with some of his trophies.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 05:56

RACINGSPORTSCAR has Tony as the winner at Pebble Beach. Dick Thompson actually beat Tony to the checker flag. The MB Gullwing may have been in a different class, but that win for Thompson and Corvette made history for the Corvette.

 

Sorry, Jim, but I think Tony was right.  I think he did beat Thompson at Pebble Beach.  This is confirmed in Motoracing, and also by Thompson:

 

"...John Fitch, the manager of the team asked me to drive and our first race was at the Pebble Beach track in California. That was a pretty track but it ran through the woods and you had to be aware of all those trees. In the Corvette, I jumped into the lead on the first lap, but near the end of the race, I ran out of brakes—a common occurrence with those Corvettes—and I finished 2nd to a 300SL…"

 

I think that the Seafair at Bremerton later in the year was the first major win for Thompson's Corvette over the 300SLs.

 

Vince H.



#13 Roger Clark

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 13:37

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Tony in his Formula One Scirocco Powell in 1963
This car was sponsored by Hugh Powell, he took over [/size]Emeryson Cars at the end of 1961 and after a year running [/size]Tony Settember and [/size]John Campbell-Jones he decided to revamp the team in 1962. It was renamed Scirocco-Powell Racing and new versions of the Emeryson design were built under the Scirocco designation. These were fitted with [/size]BRM V8 engines. The first car did not appear until the 1963 Belgium Grand Prix.[/size]

Isn't that Andre Pilette in the 1964 Aintree 200, the Scirocco by this time having a Climax V8?

#14 ensign14

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 14:41

The story was Settember was Powell's guardian.  If that's the case, isn't there a conflict of interest in advising your young ward to spend an inheritance on your own racing career?



#15 Jerry Entin

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 02:18

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Marv Webster's Lola T-70

Tony Settember drove this car for Marv Webster, that is Lil Marv in the middle of the picture and Big Marv in the white Jacket

 

 

Tony told me that Hugh Powell enjoyed the racing and it was more his idea then that of Tony's guiding him to enhance Tony's racing. If Hugh would have wanted someone else to run the car he could have done so. Tony would have then probably been the Team manager.

 

 

photo::  Culkin Racing collection


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#16 Jerry Entin

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 12:55

  Services for Tony Settember will be held at :

 

The Fernley, NV Military Cemetery on

 

Friday, June 6, 2014

at 10:30 am

 

and the Celebration of Life at his daughter's home at

 

604 Sugar Tree Ct,

Reno, Nevada



#17 Jerry Entin

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 15:20

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Tony Settember in the D-Jag and that is Bob Drake in Ol Yellar behind him.


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#18 Adrian Beese

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 16:24

Interesting to see the Scirocco coming 3rd in class at the Monaco GP Historique today



#19 Peter Morley

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 17:11

As Adrian said it was good to see Tony's Scirocco SP1 coming third at Monaco and gaining a large portion of the Motors TV coverage of the race.

 

SP2, the Burgess (and somewhat later my) car came 2nd at Monaco in 2008.