On the way to Sebring we stopped overnight with Jim Brown, Regalia Chair of NAMGAR, in Salisbury, NC. Jim joined our crew and became the 'Fourth Amigo'. The next morning we paid a visit to Bob Olthoff who was a reserve driver for # 43 in '61 and a team driver in # 53 in the 1962 Sebring race and drove a Big Healy in '63. Bob is the US distributor for Superformance Cobras and has a fabulous shop in Salisbury.
The BMC team always stayed at Reed's Motel in Avon Park so it seemed logical that we should stay there too. Nothing has changed in 40+ years, including the managment!
The Three Amigos!
Monday March 11th, loaded up and ready to go. My brother Ken is on the left and Dave Houser, a long time NAMGAR member, on the right. Both of them put in many long hours helping me put the car together for the trip.
Racing the clock, I had not even had time to start #43 before heading south to Sebring. After sorting out the ignition timing in the paddock it fired right up only to discover that the clutch would not release.
We pulled the trans and found that the clutch disc was defective. A new clutch was shipped to the track overnight but the vintage enduro was over before the installation was completed.
A tip of the sombrero to Dave Houser, Jim Brown and Ken Graham for supplying the photos on these pages.