Joe Sheppard and car owner Gaylord Jackson with the car that Joe raced after his Lotus Eleven: a Maserati 200SI, chassis 2423, acquired new by Jackson from Carroll Shelby Sport Car Inc. Jackson was a furniture manufacturer from Chattanooga, who fielded a Jaguar D-type for other drivers before he bought the Maserati.
Sheppard made four appearances in the 200SI. In September 1957 he finished the prelim in third, after setting fastest lap but spinning next. In the feature Joe finished second overall, having to let Eddie Crawford’s Porsche 550RS go ahead in the pouring rain.
In the October 1957 Enoche at Gainesville he won both the prelim and the feature. In February 1958 Joe won twice again at New Smyrna Beach, winning the Paul Whiteman Trophy.
In March 1958, at Boca Raton, the car threw a rod in practice. The car was sent to Modena for engine repairs and it took a long time to be returned to Florida. This would be the start of Joe’s successful Porsche days.
Photo credit: Jack Shea Collection
Edited by Jerry Entin, 15 October 2019 - 18:11.