Bamford Cadillac powered Alfa
Posted 04 February 2004 - 03:42
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Posted 04 February 2004 - 22:05
There was a mercury V8 installed, which exploded.
Bamford is still alive (2000) but cannot remember to whom they sold it. He told Gordon Barrett that he last saw the car in 1958 but the percentage of AR left in the machine was getting rather low! In his research John de Boer has found clippings reporting the following exploits of this car:
1950 Palm Springs Schick DNF (rear axle)
1952 Torrey Pines Bamford 4th
1953 Madera Bamford (photo in book)
1953 Palm Springs Ran Second
And that is the end of that car, except for the engine, which was fitted some years ago to 2211092. It is rumoured that the rest of the car was broken up in California in the 1950s, but I (SM) cannot confirm that.
Hope this helps
Posted 04 February 2004 - 22:11
What type of Alfa was it originally? What model Caddy engine? And more...
Posted 05 February 2004 - 01:02
The car is in the 8c2300 book, but as I don't have the book, I'm not sure how complete the history is...
Posted 05 February 2004 - 01:39
1950 Caddy, that would be an ohv engine then?
No wonder it broke an axle...
Posted 05 February 2004 - 02:55
Posted 05 February 2004 - 16:14
Posted 05 February 2004 - 16:28
Simon Moore concludes from his research that ths was a car featured in Road & Track May 1951, with a story of it being driven from Kansas City to the West Coast in January 1938 by Harry Steele. 2 photos were used, one showing a UK reg no BYE 284, the other California plate 57-94-14.
The identity of the pre-War owner is not known, but it seems the car passed through the hands of Tommy Lee, ending up with Gil Schick in Southern California. He took the engine out and replaced it with with a Mercury V8. There is a picture of him racing at Palm Springs, reproduced from 'Speed Age' October 1950. At the end of that season, he replaced the body with a new special built by Adolf Deutsch, shown in the book 'Speed and Sport'. Moore says that the car passed in this form to Tom Bamford and Keenan Wynn.
The original Alfa engine was fitted to 8c2300 no. 2211092, another long chassis, originally with a Touring cabriolet body. This car now has a Zagato-style Le Mans body, and was sold to Australia in 1996.
I have scanned the photos referred to above, but have not worked out the upload process yet. I could email direct if you are interested.
Posted 05 February 2004 - 22:47
Posted 05 February 2004 - 22:56
Anyone recognise them, or are they unique?
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Posted 13 February 2004 - 16:02