... which he sold for just over $10 million in August. He must have spent a small fortune on it before selling it, though:http://www.rmauction...?lot_id=1067310http://carstories.co...-vern-schuppan/
That Podcast interview is great Tim!
Vern details his journey to Europe fitting out a Ford Thames for camping, getting into Formula Ford at the end of 69.
He says that Tony Macon offered him a car after he went from rear of grid reserve entry start to 3rd place / fastest lap at Lydden Hill.
He was invited to the Brazilian Formula Ford Temporada in January 1970 ( which included Emmo et al).
He got involved with Hugh Dibley & Louis Stanley - his first full season was in a Palliser with a BRM engine and his first big break was in his second year when he led early in the inaugural 1971 Formula Atlantic series (BRM power), winning the championship in the works Palliser.
That was his entree into F1, only to have Lauda effectively buy out his spot from Stanley.
His first race outside England was in a Can Am car at the Nurburgring - replacing John Watson who'd broken his legs - he kept pretty busy in F5000 in the USA & Europe (which he loved) - he actually ran Gulf Mirages for about seven years til 1979 when the team pulled out of Sports Car Racing - and he ran Sports Racers a lot in Japan - missed Le Mans for a couple of years - after running his own M24 McLaren to 3rd at Indy in 1981 behind Unser & Andretti he got a call to replace Rick Mears who been burned in a pit stop fire at Indy - so got into he Porsche 936 & then Rothmans 956 from the outset in 81 & 82.
Edited by SJ Lambert, 07 December 2014 - 05:47.