This 911 Porsche was sponsored by Charles Alshouse. I could put this car in any angle in the world and it just stayed there. We really had this car set up well. We broke the track record at Summit Point in C and D Production.
One time, I was tacking about 8,000 RPM in 5th gear (approx. 160 mph). A deer jumped in front of the car. The hooves were just inches from the windshield and I'm strapped in. I couldn't move. I thought it was all over but the screaming. But, the deer cleared and I thought it was the biggest deer in the world. That was exciting!
That's Paul Newman in Bob Sharp's Pioneer Datsun trying to keep up at Summit Point.
This car was owned by the same guy who owned the Imp, Les Netherton. He also ran Marlboro. This was the first American sports car to run an automatic transmission on that track. It did very well.
This Ford Fairmont was truly the brainstorm of Claude Saffer. We built the rollcage on a rotisserie and then we hung the suspension parts off the rollcage. We didn't have a frame. We went down to Daytona, to a NASCAR trade show and picked up a bunch of stuff.
The car was 300 pounds heavier, but we had a lower center of gravity, NASCAR brakes, etc., and a pretty strong Roush motor, so we could out handle anything that was out there.
When NASCAR had to downsize the cars, the Woods Brothers and others took a close look at how it was built.
That's a Sunbeam Imp. It was an amazing little car with a rear engine and overhead cam.
In the turns, it actually lifted the inside wheel. I felt like I was in a sprint car. The thing handled very well.
Here's a good picture for Bell Helmets!