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#51 asag

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:59

Gus Hutchison from my collection.
Please, I do not know year and circuit. Thanks.

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#52 Jim Thurman

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 18:25

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
Jim: I only put that picture up to show the car. It is Rex Ramsey in the car and it isn't from the Questor Race. I am glad you are enjoying hearing about Gus. He is a great guy and I know this site is going to have some great pictures brought forward on it soon.


Jerry I figured you knew, I just wanted to chime in before everyone else jumped in with "That's not Ontario!" :wave: I also wanted to point out the weather at Riverside...at least it was better than the NASCAR race where it hailed and flurried snow.

Thanks for the photo of the ASD. And, as usual, thanks for these great threads :up:

#53 David M. Kane

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 00:31

Bruce Fullerton now owns Gus's T-300. Earlier today he sent a shot of the car from this summer when he raced it at Pau (lucky boy!), and another shot of it in the day at Riverside. I just talked to Gus and we're going to talk to some more tomorrow. I gave him a few question to research.

He did say Bruce has owned the car for about a year and it is period perfect down to the last detail. In fact, he raved about the lengths Bruce had gone to do things correctly.

I'll have some answers for you tomorrow. I can tell he's very keen to tell a good story, now that I have the right phone numbers I think we'll be able to pick-up the pace a bit.

#54 Jerry Entin

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 02:06

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Gus Hutchison at Riverside with his Lola T-300 in 1972
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#55 Jerry Entin

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 02:11

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Bruce Fullerton in the ex Gus Hutchison Lola T-300 at Pau, France.
This picture is from this past summer at the Historic GP races.
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#56 Jerry Entin

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 17:04

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Gus Hutchison at Sebring in 1969
In the picture with Gus are Doug Champlin and Fred Carrillo and Lothar Motschenbacher. Gus Hutchison finished a fine 2nd in this race. He drove his Brabham BT26 with DFV power.
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Posted 15 December 2007 - 17:37

Thanks Jerry.

Interesting photo of the start of CHAMPCARR. Are there any photos or info about the TS11 that Gus had as his 1973 backup?

#58 David M. Kane

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 17:42

DJStills:

Good question abou the TS-11, I just tried call Gus and he's out. I plan on trying again later today.

#59 David M. Kane

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 17:12

I talked to Gus for about 30 minutes yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask about the Surtess TS-11. The good news is he has a lot of documentation. I think his computer is working again, so hopefully he will join in at some point.

He did say that the Lotus-23 was his favorite car to drive.

He's pretty sure the photo taken in Post 6 is Kent, Washington.

Post 19- Bogata- There had been an F2 race the year before. Along the way someone told the President about Formula Atlantic. So they decided to do 2 races a week apart. They put all of the cars on a plane, gave the teams airfare, put all of them up in a nice hotel with armed guards bearing machine guns. Bobby Brown was the quickest guy. Gus wanted to go for a ride in the country, but he was talked out of it by some Hollywood star who was staying the same hotel. When he asked why it wasn't a good idea, he was told Banditos, the 1st group will rob you, if you continue a 2nd group with either kidnap you or kill you because you don't have anything left. So ask the star what he did, he said he called the President and he sent some of the Army along to protect him.

The Lake Tahoe race in 1967 was in a Park, it was much nicer than a street race. He remembers lots of gambling in the Casinos.

The Questor GP was a blast he said because they were treated like Kings since the F1 guys were there. A group of Vineyards were involved, so they some great parties with excellent wines with matching appetizers. He had invitation, but no car until Rex Ramsey came along, so he took the drive since the starting money was so good. He had a good dice with Graham Hill who'd get him on the twisty bits, but he would blow by him on the straights, so finally Graham shook his fist at him. Gus keep going, "what was I suppose to do pull over and give up the spot?"
Ron Grable drove a great race in a F5000 against the F1 guys.

Post 51- The Autograph photo of the Lotus 41 was taken at Continental Divine Raceway which was near Denver. The Continental Series was named after this circuit. The FB guys couldn't get the SCCA to do a Pro Series, so they organized one themselves. He said it was a very challenging course with lots of elevation changes.

Post 56- Champlin Racing- When they got the BT-26 they build a good relationship with Brabham and Gus was a big admirer of Cosworth. When Doug returned from Viet Nam he decided not to go into the family business, Champlin Oil which at one time own 500 gas stations, so he wanted to go into racing, so he got a trust fund. Since he couldn't write off the racing to his satisfaction, he felt he needed a business so in 1968 they went into business as a dealer for Brabham out of their shop. Some they sold as rollers, some they provided engines for too. He said Doug was very loyal guy. His brother, Buddy, didn't provide any of the money but came to most of the races.

Gus is going to be away for the Holidays till the 30th, and we are going to talk when I return from my step-daughter's Wedding on the the 2nd of January. We leave tomorrow.

So I will try to dig deeper into his memories then.

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 20:19

Just wondering since what I believe was the 73A went through my hands many years ago-and was also on a thread regarding the O'Hanlons Lil Cheaper--- Who actually got a 74 March tub to make what I believe was the 73A into the March Indy car, was it Gus, Horst Kroll, Jeff Davie ,Ray Reimer or Bill Tempero as I also had the 73A tub, albeit a bit bent in the in the middle? I always wondered about the progression and how it went from one to the other. If anyone can shed some light, I'd be interested. I hope I'm not hijacking the thread that is about Gus, but interested in the car that he had.

#61 gerard BARATHIEU

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 20:57

Does somebody knows where is the BRABHAM BY 26 now and what happens after the GUS HUTCHISON's

ownership ?

#62 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 22:09

I think this is the one:

http://www.historicg.....ham BT26A.htm

Don't know the history after Gus Hutchison.

Looks like Bob Baker also has the ex-Pete Lovely, etc. Lotus 49B too?

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#63 David M. Kane

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 01:01

At the Brian Redman event in July Bob Baker did tell me he had bought the 49 from Pete Lovely. He also has a Ferrari 312 T4 F1, it too should be listed at the HGP site.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 05:34

Originally posted by David M. Kane
At the Brian Redman event in July Bob Baker did tell me he had bought the 49 from Pete Lovely. He also has a Ferrari 312 T4 F1, it too should be listed at the HGP site.


Here they are:

http://www.historicg.....Lotus 49B.htm

http://www.historicg.....r Ferrari.htm

But we digress...

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#65 David M. Kane

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 06:02

Now that I'm back, I'm going to call Gus once again. He said he was returning from his Christmas trip on 12/30/07.

#66 Gus Hutchison

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 21:34

Hi This is Gus Hutchison

#67 kevinbartlett

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 22:27

Originally posted by Gus Hutchison
Hi This is Gus Hutchison


Well hi there Gus,

I recall something you maybe want to put way back of the mind. I remember The Glen '72 or '73? when we were both running T300's and the rear uprights were collapsing.
You and I were practising and at the turn leading onto the straight your mount deposited itself along the guard rail and you were left with a bare tub. Bloody lucky escape that one heh! I nearly collected bits and pieces but ducked in time.
Regards to you Kev B.
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Also regards to Jerry E.

#68 Jerry Entin

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 22:33

Hi Kevin: On the post above Gus was just practicing saying Hi.
He will come back and say more. That was his first effort at posting. Gus is looking for some pictures now that we are going to show and Gus has given us some great material on his racing to post.
Here is a little teaser this is what Gus Hutchison had to say about his first race.
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Gus Hutchison in his MGA before he raced it.
"After an unfortunate first race in a MG-A, I got an Elva Courier. It was much more suitable and although it too had an MG-A engine it was lighter than the MG-A. The suspension was better and while cars such as the Triumph TR-3 were faster on top end, the Courier was a lot faster in the turns. The 1600 Porsche was competitive until I began to learn about the car and what it took to turn a fast lap. This car was ahead if it’s time.
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Gus Hutchison in his Elva Courier this is 1959.
After graduation to the Elva MK-4, I still found myself in a steep learning mode. The first race was with Michelin tires and the car would spin without notice. The second race we put on Pirellis and the results were very good. My car had a lot of “Bondo” repairs and the nose section was extra heavy. I couldn’t afford a new one but with care and experience I found myself competitive with Lotus MK11’s. The MK-4 Elva was fun to drive , especially without the body."
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#69 Allen Brown

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 19:03

Hello Gus, and welcome to your thread.

I'm sure many of us hear would love to know more about that F5000 March you had in 1973/74. You modified it quite a bit for 1974 didn't you?

Allen

#70 Jerry Entin

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 20:30

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Gus and his crew with the March 73A.
Kiwi Dave- who was on loan from March for the 1973 season. AKA Dave Brown and Phillip Jennings and Gus.

Allen: Gus felt he may have over modified the March trying to make it handle better. Here is what Gus had to say about the March.
" During this period, we reached the 500 HP level and also began the side draft F-5000 motor development. Which lead us to our March 73 A , since nothing else would accommodate the side draft motor. I read where Skip Barber said it ruined his career and it was the worse car he had driven. We came to believe that other owners said it was hopeless. I think if we had more funding we could have become competitive. We got around La Guna Seca in 1 minute flat, 3 seconds ahead of the next March. We changed more things than we should have trying to make the March competitive. Robin Herd was generous with us but the car was not easy to set up. Dr. Harvey Postlewaite was also helpful and we became friends. The highlight of early 1973 was when Harvey Postlewaite asked me to test Skip Barber’s car on Monday following the La Guna event. Skip was in attendance."
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 01:51

A couple of shots I have from Mid-Ohio 1973 in the March 73A
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#72 David M. Kane

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 02:03

Mwphoto:

Neat photos!

#73 Allen Brown

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 13:34

Hi Jerry

Could you ask Gus a specific question for me. I did ask him this a few years ago but you'll have been refreshing his memories recently and he might now remember this more clearly. In 1974, Autosport's F5000 reports mentioned that Gus's 73A now was part-741. I've never been sure how much of a 741 went into the car - was it just bodywork and maybe suspension or was the car rebuilt around a whole 741 chassis?

Thanks

Allen

#74 Jerry Entin

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 20:35

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Gus Hutchison's March 73A with 741- nose and side radiators.

Hi Allen: Gus Hutchison said he only had a March 73A chassis. He tried the 741-nose and side radiators on his car. He never had a 741-Chassis.

Kevin: Gus did remember the Watkins Glen incident. It wasn't a collapsing rear hub that caused his trouble. The Goodyear tires were deflating. Whether it was the fault of the rim or the tire, Gus wasn't certain. He had a left front go down. He made it into the pits and replaced it. Going into turn one the new left front also deflated. He hit the gaurd rail at a slight angle making marks. He wasn't injured. It was a tire issue and not anything wrong on the suspension components.

Mark: Very nice photos and thank you very much for posting them.

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 23:04

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
[B
Kevin: Gus did remember the Watkins Glen incident. It wasn't a collapsing rear hub that caused his trouble. The Goodyear tires were deflating. Whether it was the fault of the rim or the tire, Gus wasn't certain. He had a left front go down. He made it into the pits and replaced it. Going into turn one the new left front also deflated. He hit the gaurd rail at a slight angle making marks. He wasn't injured. It was a tire issue and not anything wrong on the suspension components. [/B]


Thanks Gus/Jerry for enlightening me on the Glen incident. The T300's had been cracking rear uprights on the lower legs of the castings that year and I guess my recollection of the time associated Gus's "brush" with that issue.

I do remember shunting a Lola at Riverside turn nine in practice due to tyres coming off the rim bead area. I was not popular with the car owner at the time of the crash, however after a couple more of the same failures occurred Goodyear engineers checked bead sizing and recalled that batch before any more came off.

#76 Jerry Entin

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 23:23

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Here is Dave Kane's 741 March, this is just to show the differences.
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#77 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 18:03

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Gus Hutchison in his MG TF tearing up the Georgia countryside.
Gus’s first sports car was this MG TF-1250. Testing his skills on Georgia dirt roads with dreams of being a race car driver. This photo is from 1958.
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Rear view of Gus Hutchison's MG TF-1250.
This is how Gus got the racing bug by hot rodding around in the Georgia countryside in his MG.
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#78 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 21:35

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Gus Hutchison with his friend David Hobbs
These are Gus's feelings about David Hobbs: "David Hobbs was the gold standard in 1970-73. Personally, my favorite driver at the time. I realize now, that had I been lucky enough to drive on a team with him, I could have learned so much."
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#79 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 22:24

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Gus Hutchison and David Brown (crew chief) checking out David Hobbs car in 1972.

Here is a quote from David Hobbs that Gus remembers: "You know that sometimes you have a good motor and sometimes I have a good motor but John Cannon always has a good motor."
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#80 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 00:49

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Doug Champlin,and Laurey Pennell and Gus Hutchison in 1970 after winning the Dallas F-5000 race.
This was July 4, 1970. The fellow over Doug Champlin's right shoulder is David Brown, manager of HRE.
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#81 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:42

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Gus Hutchison and Harold Krech this is from 1966.
Here are Gus's thoughts on the different drivers he ran against in the FB car:
"I came up against some good drivers. Karl Knapp, Lou Sell, Chuck Dietrich, Bob McQueen and my team mate Harold Krech stood out in the early races, but the best was a young driver named Peter Gethin.
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Harold Krech's Lotus 41 in 1967.
Harold Krech and Gus Hutchison and Joe Starkey were a 3 car Team of Lotus 41's run in 1967 out of Dallas.
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#82 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 02:03

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Al Laurens crew chief on HRE Surtess
The HRE Surtess TS 8 was driven in 1973 by Dr. Syd Demovsky. He had a 9th place finish at the Seattle race.
Al was a full time machinist/fabricator at HRE. He did 90% of the machine work on the MK-8 side draft chevy engine.
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HRE crew working on a customers car.
Al Laurens and Tim Kilroy and Dan Brown were the HRE crew in the day.
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#83 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 02:16

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Cicada MK 1
This race car was built by Cicada Racing using an HRE Formula B twin cam engine. The driver is Dan Murphy and the crew chief is Harvey Waisse in the glasses and the designer was Don Hunt. This is circa 1971-1972.
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#84 fines

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 08:52

Jerry, brilliant pix :up: Keep up the good work!

Just one thing, surely the Krech/Hutchison picture can't be from 1966 with those SIDEBURNS? :eek:

#85 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 13:51

Michael: I am glad you are enjoying this thread. Gus said the picture was from 1966 and it is Gus's thread, I believe him. As they say you have seen nothing yet. Gus Hutchison has some really great pictures of his racing to show the forum members and his friends and they will be up soon.

#86 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 20:11

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Gus Hutchison in his Lotus 23 at Riverside at the SCCA runoffs in 1966.
David Bland is driving the #513 red car,this is during practice.

Gus raced a Lotus MK-23 and a Mk-6 Merlyn, each also using the Lotus Twin Cam. Here is how Gus remembers it: "The Merlyn Mk-6 was my first ride in someone else’s car. David Bland of Austin Texas had built the fastest G-mod car in the area and with our motor (156 HP) was UN passable by anything in class. These cars were easy to drive. One advantage was that they were adjustable enough but not so much as to allow an inexperienced driver to get into trouble with handling."
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#87 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 21:01

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Gus Hutchison and David Bland.
Dave was the first person to ever let Gus drive a car other than his own.

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Gus Hutchison in David Bland's Merlyn Mk 6.
This is at Green Valley race track. 1965-1966.
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#88 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 23:58

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Dr Syd Demovsky at LaGuna Seca in 1972, this is a Lola FB car.
Syd ran HRE engines in Formula B and usually had the fastest trap speed of any race he ran.
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#89 David M. Kane

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 14:01

Didn't quite a few racers use his engines in FB here in the States Jerry? If I remember correctly at one point it was the engine to have if you wanted to be at the front.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 15:32

David Bland's well-prepared Lotus 23 in 1967 (the track is either Galveston or Opelousas, Lousiana).


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#91 David M. Kane

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 15:53

Updraft carbs on that Lotus 23 Cynic2?

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 23:04

David -- Apparently so.

I'm certain (with the usual reservations of age, etc.) that this is Bland's car -- I noted the driver on each slide mount from the entry list or results. It does appear than Bland was running in H Modified, which I think would have been an 1100 cc limit. I wonder if this was an unusual head on a 1098cc Ford, or some other engine? If I ever knew I sure don't now.

(The wheels are pretty interesting for a Lotus 23, too.)

#93 David M. Kane

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 23:21

Cynic2 I think those are LeGrand rims.

#94 Jerry Entin

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 00:11

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Malcolm Starr and Doug Champlin and Gus Hutchison
Gus felt a big part of John Cannon's sucsess in F-5000 was due to Malcolm Starr. Gus held the utmost respect for Malcolm Starr. This is what Gus Hutchison thought of John Cannon:
"John Cannon was the star in 1970. Always fast, always had a good motor. After 1970 he got involved with the technical side of car/motor combinations without success. His 1970 car owner, Malcolm Starr was a big part of John’s success."
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Gus also can't say enough about his sponsor Doug Champlin: Gus has said that anything they needed to win was what Doug would get him. He was a fantastic sponsor and friend.

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John Cannon receiving the checkered flag from starter Dick Keith
This is the 1969 Riverside Formula 5000 race. John Cannon drove the Malcolm Starr sponsored Eagle to Victory. He also won this race in 1970 driving the Malcolm Starr entered McLaren Mk 10.
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#95 Jerry Entin

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 00:23

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Gus Hutchison with his baby, his English Setter "Punkin".
This is at her first day of field trials.
We haven't seen a current picture of Gus until now. Gus hopes the members of the forum have enjoyed seeing the cars he raced and hearing about them.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:29

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Jody Scheckter in 1973 with Gordon Calhoun of Goodyear Tire
Gus had some thoughts on the different drivers he raced against. He felt Jody Scheckter was a pure natural talent. Here are Gus's own words on what he thought of Jody Scheckter:
" Jody Scheckter had more pure talent than anyone I’ve seen."
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#97 Jerry Entin

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:45

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Brian Redman
Gus felt that inspite of having the advantage of Jim Hall's race acumen and Carl Haas's team effort that Brain Redman was the most consistent driver he ran against. In Gus's own words this is what he thought of Brian Redman:
"Even after taking into consideration the “Jim Hall” advantage factor,Brian Redman is still my favorite."
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 12:32

Originally posted by Cynic2
David -- Apparently so.

I'm certain (with the usual reservations of age, etc.) that this is Bland's car -- I noted the driver on each slide mount from the entry list or results. It does appear than Bland was running in H Modified, which I think would have been an 1100 cc limit. I wonder if this was an unusual head on a 1098cc Ford, or some other engine? If I ever knew I sure don't now.....


I believe some of the H Modified cars ran two strokes (2 cycle?), converted from outboard motors...

#99 Jerry Entin

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 14:55

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Gus Hutchison in his Brabham BT26 at Monterey in 1970
This is what Gus Hutchison had to say about the 1970 Formula One race at Watkins Glen. He was in his Brabham BT26:
"At the end of the 70’ season, we were at the Watkins Glen, F-1 race where, my crew chief and I disagreed about how to cope with the heavier F-1 fuel load. I wanted springs and bump rubbers and he insisted on higher ride height. My owner took me out of the equation and changed the best to the worst car I ever drove. The car bottomed out and the fuel tank was ruptured marking the low point of my career. Ron Tauranac, the” T” in “BT”, came up to me on the grid and advised me to pull off the course as soon as possible. Luck was on my side as I pitted after several laps with fuel pouring out of a ruptured tank from bottoming out."
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 18:32

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
This is what Gus Hutchison had to say about the 1970 Formula One race at Watkins Glen. He was in his Brabham BT26:
"At the end of the 70’ season, we were at the Watkins Glen, F-1 race where, my crew chief and I disagreed about how to cope with the heavier F-1 fuel load. I wanted springs and bump rubbers and he insisted on higher ride height. My owner took me out of the equation and changed the best to the worst car I ever drove. The car bottomed out and the fuel tank was ruptured marking the low point of my career. Ron Tauranac, the” T” in “BT”, came up to me on the grid and advised me to pull off the course as soon as possible. Luck was on my side as I pitted after several laps with fuel pouring out of a ruptured tank from bottoming out."

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Just for illustre your recit...But have you others pics of this "aventure"? :wave: