Car identification Nassau Speedweek 1963
Posted 10 May 2006 - 12:26
the car was taking part in the first training session on the 01.12.63, it had #211.
There is not an awful lot of information available on the internet about the speedweek 1963...the entry list is incomplete...pretty much just the big names listed...maybe it was a local driver with some sort of *special*...
thanks a lot
pictures from the book "corvette grand sport",motorbooks international
Posted 10 May 2006 - 12:56
The pictures show the Canadian built Dailu Bardahl Special (built/entered/driven by David Greenblatt)
The car was used in practise but caught fire. Consequently the car was not used in any of the races.
Posted 10 May 2006 - 13:42
Posted 10 May 2006 - 21:36
Will have a look at Dailu.com in a minute....
Posted 11 May 2006 - 00:48
The spyeder was blindingly fast and Cannon even led a few early laps of the 1962 Canadian GP at Mosport. Find a Road & Track mag covering this event and you'll see a nice pix of Cannon leading the hotshots.
A version of the Dailu spyder has shown in recent years at the VARAC vintage go at Mosport but I believe that this is a completely new car.
Posted 11 May 2006 - 01:46
Posted 11 May 2006 - 06:02
Yes, these are two different cars. Cannon had his firery exist in 1962.
Posted 16 May 2006 - 19:47
The Dailu Mk II, was a fiberglas coupe body made for me in the US from the identical space frame chassis of the Mk I. I built the Mk II for Peter Lerch. We then modified the body into a roadster. Peter ran this car very successfully in 1963. (John ran the car in its maiden race at Mosport and won....... of course)
Peter flipped the car at the end of the season, rebuilding the body to what it looks like today. It resides in California and won the Monterey Classic in 2000.
The Buick car was the Dailu Mk III, a ladder frame chassis, our street prototype, built also in 1963.
Buick division gave me a new engine for the car, (not yet in production)..... 425ci/450+hp.......
Both the Mk II and III were entered at Nassau in 1963. The engine on the Mk II blew before we even hit the track and John C., in a early pit stop in the Mk III, turned off the engine in the pits, but to the acc. side of the switch which kept the fuel pumps active(OUR screw up... not his), a carb back fire started a minor fire burning wiring harnase and we had to retire........ SHAME !! :'(
some pics of Mk II and III attached
Posted 17 May 2006 - 15:13
I was an instructor at a CASC racing school in 1977 and Peter was back to get his licence to do some vintage stuff I suppose. Regretably, he was not my student that day. Darn!
Posted 17 May 2006 - 15:15
Also which was the one that Olivier Gendebien practised in at Mosport in 1961? He said he refused to drive it after it started taking off going up a hill on full throttle, but that the regular driver then drove it in the race and did very well. Presumably that would have been John Cannon?
Posted 17 May 2006 - 20:35
Thanks for the info; it vindicated my original assumption that the car was a "homebuilt".
Posted 17 May 2006 - 22:10
Thanks for all the great memories of motorsports early days in America. Those were the best times when it was really a sport. Good times, parties and oh yes some racing......
Thanks for sharing the picture of my Dailu Mk I which lives in Montreal.
The Mk I was rebuilt in 1977-78 and I drove it in a few vintage events in Canada in '78.
Here's a photo of John Cannon in the Dailu in 1962 in the Nassau Sprint race, beating Masten Gregory in the Le Mans 4.5 (I believe) Ferrari and the mighty Chapparal :
Finally, a pic from 2004 of the Dailu Mk I at Mosport, driven by me as the guest pace car, some 42 years after it had last raced at Mosport in 1962. The hood scoop was restored to original, before we inherited Traco's first small block Chevy, 377ci/437hp - 6 stromberg 97 carbs, hence the large hood scoop, built for the Chapparal of Roger Ward (Roger crashed during practice at Riverside in '62 trashing the new car and breaking his back.
All the best,
Posted 18 May 2006 - 14:15
You can always contact David through his Dailu.Com website; I'm sure he'd be able to clear up the "mystery driver" question pretty quickly.
Posted 18 May 2006 - 15:10
Posted 21 May 2006 - 19:43
Here's a picture of Dave Greenblatt in a lotus 19 the Dailu group had. They put a small block Corvette motor in it and a Hewland gearbox. At Mosport with one lap to go while running second the steering failed causing Dave to go off course. They called that Lotus 19 the Dailu 4.
Posted 22 May 2006 - 01:29
Don Horner drove the Dailu Mk II, (roadster) body rebuilt after Peter Lerch its first owner flipped the car at St. Eugene, Ontario.......... After the accident the body of the mk II was somewhat changed from the original when it was raced by Lerch and is still active at its home in California,
where it has been active in vintage races.........
Like winning Monterey in 2000, by its owner Mike Leicester, so I've been told.
Posted 22 May 2006 - 01:31
Thanks for posting all my memories...................
Posted 22 May 2006 - 01:35
Peter was driving the roadster version of the Dailu Mk II, which originally was built as a Coupe, (with US built Shrike body)...............
If you were an instructor at Shannonville in 1977 /78.......... It was I, Dave Greenblatt, who returned to renew my license to be able to enter vintage events.................. I attended the school in a Porsche 911S....... and raced the rebuilt Dailu Mk I in 1978......... winning an event at Shannonvile
regards Dave Greenblatt
Posted 22 May 2006 - 01:38
Sorry...did not answer the balance........Gendebien practiced in the Dailu Mk I, (Dailu Bardahl Special) in June 1962, (not '61).... The engine was leaking oil from a valve cover gasket on to the floor by the pedals........ Oliver wanted to drive his Porsche instead...... so the car was sidelined. I ran the car the following weekend at St. Eugene, winning and setting a new lap record.........
Upon meeting Oliver a few years later he admitted it was not the oil leak....... but the terrifying acceleration up the back strait was unlike any F1 car he had ever driven.... and the not so nimble handling of his Porsche..... he opted out.........
Posted 22 May 2006 - 02:13
Posted 22 May 2006 - 02:50
Dave "greenie" Greenblatt
Posted 13 August 2008 - 15:57
Luigi Cassiani as he looks today.
A very good friend of mine lives about 2 blocks from Luigi and she kindly went over and took a very nice picture of him, so the forum members could see what he looks like now.
photo Lorrie Moore
Posted 13 August 2008 - 22:12
Certainly hope I look that well in just a few short years!