Old Yeller II
1959 Balchowsky Buick Special

OTHER CARS

 

OTHER CARS

Along with racing the 1959 Old Yeller II Buick Special, the team also races a 1958 Porsche Speedster, 1964 Shelby Cobra CSX 2203, and presents the 1948 SCTA Championship car- Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster at Exhibitions and Concours d'Elegance Events

 

1958 KILPATRICK Porsche SPEEDSTER

“KEEPER OF THE FLAME”

The little red #7 Porsche Speedster started a memorable and legendary journey that lasted for 33 straight and continuous tough competitive ‘fender to fender’ SCCA racing years… and rarely missing a race as a true “American Privateer” story with Brig. General James Kilpatrick starting the memorable journey racing the first race at Del Mar in 1964 …and “logging out” in his SCCA log book August 10-11, 1996 at Sears Point International Raceway in Northern California.

The little red Porsche 58’ Speedster was undaunted and always prepared by the “General”… as it faced a changing “grid” in E Production over the many years of racing which included two SCCA National Runoffs in E Production at Road Atlanta. The Kilpatrick Speedster always had the engines built by General Kilpatrick as well as all the mechanicals…and with the motorhome and the Speedster on a small trailer behind… James and wife Emmy were known at so many race circuits across the county. Being a pilot, Brig. General James accurately logged in over 55,000 SCCA racing miles on the Speedster, which is thought to be a record in SCCA. The General was always a fair competitor and relied on durability with consistency always. The San Francisco SCCA retired the legendary # 7 in memory of Brig. General James Kilpatrick. The Kilpatrick Speedster achieved one of the most incredible racing records in SCCA history. The little red #7 Speedster thought it always could… and it did.

Summary:

  1. The Kilpatrick SCCA Porsche E Production race car established a record breaking 33 straight years of SCCA Racing by one driver and one car… and 55,000 Competitive SCCA Race miles.
  2. The legendary 1958 Kilpatrick Porsche Speedster then continued to race in Historic/ Vintage races at many important International racing events
  3. The Kilpatrick Speedster was raced at the Monterey Historic Races- Special Tribute to Porsche.
  4. The Speedster was a Co Winner of the First Bruce McLaren Perpetual Trophy at New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing and raced at Hampton Downs Raceway and at the Pukekohe Raceway.
  5. The Porsche has been a invited Entrant and raced at the prestigious Porsche Rennsport IV and Rennsport V
  6. The Speedster was feature automobile along with two Porsche Museum cars at the New Zealand Festival of Porsche at Lake Taupo in New Zealand.
  7. The Kilpatrick was raced at Donnington Raceway in England and at Snetterton at the Archie Scott Brown Trophy Races.
  8. The legendary SCCA Porsche was raced and was a feature car with Porsche Museum Porsches at the 2016 Festival of Motor Racing Tribute to Porsche at Hampton Downs Raceway in New Zealand.
  9. Winner of Denny Hulme Trophy at New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing 2016
  10. The iconic SCCA racer was raced at Phillip Island Raceway in Australia 2016
  11. The Speedster was invited and raced at the Rolex Australian F1 Grand Prix Historic Races at the F1 Race Circuit in Albert Park. Australia. It was the Winner of the 2016 Rolex Australia F1 Grand Prix Historic Race Trophy- “ Best Historic Car and Team.”
  12. The Speedster will be featured and will race at the 2017 Chateau Impney Hill Climb. The Kilpatrick Porsche will race at the prestigious 2017 Silverstone Classic in England. 

New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing 2016

New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing Tribute to Porsche- January 15-17, 22-24, 2016- Hampton Downs Raceway

What a joy... good wheels under me like race cars should be...and racing against blindingly fast 1990s Porsche Cup cars with our 1958 Porsche Speedster…

 
 

1964 SHELBY COBRA / CSX 2203 / model 289

The 1964 Shelby Cobra CSX 2203 is a 289 model. This Cobra was featured in the 1968 movie “Love Bug” and raced against the VW  “Herbie” at Riverside Raceway in the movie.

Ernie Nagamatsu is the 2nd owner and the CSX2203 has been racing in “Historic” racing continuously since 1984, starting at Riverside International Raceway. The Cobra was raced for over 20 years with one of the three rare and original Le Mans aluminum Hard Tops that were fabricated at AC in England. The CSX 2203 Cobra currently races with a  aluminum exact “replica” of that rare Le Mans hard top. It has raced at the Palm Springs Reunion Races. The CSX 2203 has raced at the prestigious Goodwood Revival Meeting Races in the Tourist Trophy Race twice. The Cobra has raced at the Monterey Historic/ Reunion Races and the Tribute to Carroll Shelby and Tribute to Shelby Cobra Races at Laguna Seca Raceway. It was also raced at the Coronado Festival of Speed. The Shelby Cobra has raced in New Zealand, Australia, and at the Monterey Races in USA. In 2014, at the Australia F1 Grand Prix Historic Race, the CSX 2203 was the Co Winner of the Rolex Australia F1 GP Historic “Winner” Trophy along with the 1959 Old Yeller II Buick Special. In 2016, the Shelby Cobra was a feature car at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in England.

 
Cobra CSX 2203 at 23rd Historic Sandown November 8, 2014, Melbourne, Australia. Racing with Formula Race Cars.
 

SPURGIN GIOVANINE ROADSTER

1948 SCTA Championship Dry Lakes Land Speed Race Car

The complete restoration of the Surgin- Giovanine Roadster was completed in time for the July 12, 2009 Ventura Motorsports Gathering (a Concours Event). The famous and legendary Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was raced at the SCTA Dry Lakes time trials Pre and Post WWII. We have had the S-G Roadster since 2008 and it was in a backyard in Apple Valley for over 45 years. My long time friend, David Lawrence, had discovered the still intact Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster and it had been thought that it was long lost and discovering the legendary Dry-Lakes racer was a thrill for everyone. I had the rare chance to purchase the car from him as it appeared that he would never complete the restoration of the car. The car had raced beyond the historic 1948 SCTA racing season as a Drag racer- Dry Lakes and then Bonneville racer with a rear engine ‘Jimmy 6” motor… and then a Lions Drag Strip racer ending is lustrous racing career from 1940 to 1957. It was fortunate that the only changes were internal and on the chassis along with a solid nose and a cut out for the driver in front (motor in the cockpit).

Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine were brilliant and innovative together as a winning team and members of the Albata Club. It is our mission and goal to be historically correct in the restoration and we will make every effort to pay proper “Tribute” to the famous Dry Lakes record breaking race car and to Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine as well as to some of the most legendary names in racing such as Hallock and Rufi.

The legendary Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was a beautifully designed Dry Lakes racer by the team of Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine. The racer was a Chevy-four roadster and it was the “high points” car in SCTA competition for 1948 Season setting an A class roadster record of 123.655 mph, a record that stood for two years. During the record breaking S.C.T.A. 1948 racing season, in which it was defying all incredible odds, as the October 30-31, 1948 S.C.T.A. Racing News Program had a story on the roadster titled… “Will the Chevy Four make a clean sweep?” At that time the Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was breaking the World Class record at every consecutive S.C.T.A. meet during the entire season as well as the leader in total points up to that time over the entire association competition. The sleek swift Roadster did accomplish the impossible and completed a perfect season with a first place in Class A at each meet, as it accomplished the incredible feat of Land Speed history as it broke the World Class record at each SCTA meet of the 1948 season, and was the ultimate High Points” SCTA race car with an incredible 1800 points for the proud Albata Club racer. The Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was the “Cover Car” for the Hot Rod Magazine in March 1949 and the “Hot Rod of the Month” with a feature article. The Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was the feature car at the 2nd Annual Hot Rod Exposition in 1949. The Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster had the great innovative support from the key members of the famed Albata Club and Rufi and Hallock brought the very best in innovative modifications to the Spurgin Giovanine Roadster as it was a team effort to accomplish such a feat in 1948.

The Spurgin- Govanne Roadster was taken over by Carl Borgh of Harbor City of Southern California in 1954. The Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster subsequently continued racing in a modified configuration as the “Mothersill’s Special” that raced at Bonneville in October 1956. The new owner, Carl Borgh changed out the engine with a 292- cubic inch GMC, using the same Spurgin- Givonine Roadster chassis and turning a 141 mph. Racing included many Drag Racing events for the car. The Borgh- “Mothersills Special” in 1955 made the change as the engine was moved to the rear and the car turned 149 mph at Bonneville. It was again a feature car in the Hot Rod Magazine in the second configuration. It was sold to Robert Cano of Harbor City California and pictured in the 1956 Hot Rod Annual. Robert Cano raced the car at the Lion’s Drag Strip in Long Beach and the car was known as the “Snoot” as per magazine articles.

It was lucky for us that the body and rolling chassis was totally intact after all the years…and welding markings that showed the changes that were made over the years of racing as the changes were internal to the original body and on the chassis only. We have been able to complete the project with help from respected historians of the Dry Lakes Racing, friends… and good networking team. Richard Parks who is the son of the legendary Wally Parks that helped start the National Hot Rod Association and the SCTA, is one of the most respected historians of Dry Lakes – Land Speed Racing… as he stated that he thought there was a special category of the four of the most famous and significant Land Speed Historic race cars…which include the Pre- WWII Rufi Streamliner and Schenck Streamliner and Post WWII Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster and the Chrisman #25 Dragster. The Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster did secure the most coveted invitation to be presented at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the category of Legendary Land Speed Race Cars. Richard Parks helped provide a 12,000 word story in the Special 100th Edition of the Newletter for the Society of Land Speed Historians which was solely dedicated to the Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster recently as it documented the entire history of the legendary Dry Lakes Champion. It is a historic Land Speed race car treasure indeed… and it is a great responsibility for our team to preserve the great historic legacy of the Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster as best as we can.

The complete restoration of the Surgin- Giovanine Roadster was completed in time for the July 12, 2009 Ventura Motorsports Gathering (a Concours Event). The famous and legendary Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was raced at the SCTA Dry Lakes time trials Pre and Post WWII. We have had the S-G Roadster since 2008 and it was in a backyard in Apple Valley for over 45 years. My long time friend, David Lawrence, had discovered the still intact Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster and it had been thought that it was long lost and discovering the legendary Dry-Lakes racer was a thrill for everyone. I had the rare chance to purchase the car from him as it appeared that he would never complete the restoration of the car. The car had raced beyond the historic 1948 SCTA racing season as a Drag racer- Dry Lakes and then Bonneville racer with a rear engine ‘Jimmy 6” motor… and then a Lions Drag Strip racer ending is lustrous racing career from 1940 to 1957. It was fortunate that the only changes were internal and on the chassis along with a solid nose and a cut out for the driver in front (motor in the cockpit).

Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine were brilliant and innovative together as a winning team and members of the Albata Club. It is our mission and goal to be historically correct in the restoration and we will make every effort to pay proper “Tribute” to the famous Dry Lakes record breaking race car and to Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine as well as to some of the most legendary names in racing such as Hallock and Rufi.

The legendary Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was a beautifully designed Dry Lakes racer by the team of Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine. The racer was a Chevy-four roadster and it was the “high points” car in SCTA competition for 1948 Season setting an A class roadster record of 123.655 mph, a record that stood for two years. During the record breaking S.C.T.A. 1948 racing season, in which it was defying all incredible odds, as the October 30-31, 1948 S.C.T.A. Racing News Program had a story on the roadster titled… “Will the Chevy Four make a clean sweep?” At that time the Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was breaking the World Class record at every consecutive S.C.T.A. meet during the entire season as well as the leader in total points up to that time over the entire association competition. The sleek swift Roadster did accomplish the impossible and completed a perfect season with a first place in Class A at each meet, as it accomplished the incredible feat of Land Speed history as it broke the World Class record at each SCTA meet of the 1948 season, and was the ultimate High Points” SCTA race car with an incredible 1800 points for the proud Albata Club racer. The Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was the “Cover Car” for the Hot Rod Magazine in March 1949 and the “Hot Rod of the Month” with a feature article. The Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster was the feature car at the 2nd Annual Hot Rod Exposition in 1949. The Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster had the great innovative support from the key members of the famed Albata Club and Rufi and Hallock brought the very best in innovative modifications to the Spurgin Giovanine Roadster as it was a team effort to accomplish such a feat in 1948.

The Spurgin- Govanne Roadster was taken over by Carl Borgh of Harbor City of Southern California in 1954. The Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster subsequently continued racing in a modified configuration as the “Mothersill’s Special” that raced at Bonneville in October 1956. The new owner, Carl Borgh changed out the engine with a 292- cubic inch GMC, using the same Spurgin- Givonine Roadster chassis and turning a 141 mph. Racing included many Drag Racing events for the car. The Borgh- “Mothersills Special” in 1955 made the change as the engine was moved to the rear and the car turned 149 mph at Bonneville. It was again a feature car in the Hot Rod Magazine in the second configuration. It was sold to Robert Cano of Harbor City California and pictured in the 1956 Hot Rod Annual. Robert Cano raced the car at the Lion’s Drag Strip in Long Beach and the car was known as the “Snoot” as per magazine articles.

It was lucky for us that the body and rolling chassis was totally intact after all the years…and welding markings that showed the changes that were made over the years of racing as the changes were internal to the original body and on the chassis only. We have been able to complete the project with help from respected historians of the Dry Lakes Racing, friends… and good networking team. Richard Parks who is the son of the legendary Wally Parks that helped start the National Hot Rod Association and the SCTA, is one of the most respected historians of Dry Lakes – Land Speed Racing… as he stated that he thought there was a special category of the four of the most famous and significant Land Speed Historic race cars…which include the Pre- WWII Rufi Streamliner and Schenck Streamliner and Post WWII Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster and the Chrisman #25 Dragster. The Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster did secure the most coveted invitation to be presented at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the category of Legendary Land Speed Race Cars. Richard Parks helped provide a 12,000 word story in the Special 100th Edition of the Newletter for the Society of Land Speed Historians which was solely dedicated to the Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster recently as it documented the entire history of the legendary Dry Lakes Champion. The Spurgin Giovanine was showcased at the Grand National Roadster show at which time it won the class trophy. The Spurgin Giovanine was the trophy winner also at the Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance and the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance events/ It is a historic Land Speed race car treasure indeed… and it is a great responsibility for our team to preserve the great historic legacy of the Spurgin- Giovanine Roadster as best as we can.

Special Edition- 100th Newsletter – Society of Land Speed Historians – Entire history of the Spurgin Giovanine Roadster:

http://www.hotrodhotline.com/feature/heroes/landspeedracing/2009/09newsletter100/

 

Spurgin Giovanine Roadster 2015 Hall of Fame Induction into Dry Lakes Hall of Fame produced by talented Justin Miller.