Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to go over and see the @guildfordcustom@noblecustom Battle of the Kings entry before the MCN show at the weekend. Congratulations on a fantastic bike and coming 2nd overall!
Texas wins at Germany1000 km Nürburgring 1966
Jim Hall wants a Chaparral to drive at Le Mans. The best car for it was the 2D. Driven by Jo Bonnier & Phil Hill. After a bad race at Daytona they came on 5th June to the Green Hell 1000km as preparation for Le Mans.
Denis Jenkinson: "Their chance of winning were not realistic, only one car. And Chaparral had no Nürburgring experience." (But a license plate from Texas)
11 classes with 109 cars (only 77 started). GT-cars like Healey, Glas or Triumph were chicanes for the Prototypes. Favourites were Mike Parkes/ John Surtees in a Ferrari 330P3, Lorenzo Bandini/ Lodovico Scarfiotti it with same car and some Porsche Carreras, Ford GT40s and Ferrari 275LMs. ZDF (german TV) and Lufthansa had also cars. Chaparral man Hap Sharp about the 330 P3:"He could just as easily broken go as our."
Parkes/ Surtees were starting from Pole. The Chaparral 2nd.
After the chaotic start, the 330 P3 runs away. But later he often need to stop because of rear suspension trouble( later he retired). And the 2D was still in the lead. Only when he stopped some Dino V6s or Porsche led for same minutes. The weapon of the 2D was a automatic gear.
Hill drove faster than his F1 lap record from 1961.
Then in lap 37. Hill just passed the boxes as a heavy rain shower begins. Chaparral had no wet tyres. They just carve grooves in the firestone tires. The stop need a bit longer, because the tires were to big for the wheel wells. Hill got nervous.
But after 44 laps suddenly they won. Surtees/Parkes were one of the first gratulants. The Chaparral mechanics and drivers celebrated like a big family.
2 weeks later at Le Mans the Chaparral retired after 10h of racing. #whenracingwasracing#oldracing#historicracing#chaparral#jimhall#fordgt40#ferrari#mikeparkes#jochenrindt#johnsurtees#philhill#jobonnier#hapsharp#nürburgring#grünehölle#nordschleife#lemans#firestone#denisjenkinson#ferrari330P3#lorenzobandini#lodovicoscarfiotti#nring#ninovaccarella#texas#motorsport#rennlegenden#vintageracing#racing#enduranceracing
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