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  • No. 63 SUMMER, 2014 www.AllardRegister.org

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    AllardsTwoFastestSportsCarsonMountEquinoxHillclimb JimDonick Finishing 2nd and 3rd behind a singleseat Lotus 18 Formula Junior, theWhimseyRacingTeamofAllardK2and J2proved thefastest twoseat sportscarson the slopesofthe fabledMount Equinox in 2014. Runonthe 9th and 10th of theAugust, the annualjewelinthecrownoftheVSCCAcalendarhad39 entries this year ranging from ETypeJaguar,AstonMartinandMaseratitoMGsofall shapes up through the MGA, a pair ofSAABQuantums (highly strange,even foranAllard guy), Godknowshowmany Lotuses(Lotii?)severalprewarspecials,andaHillmanMinxofallthings. Allards have always done prettywell atEquinox fromtheearliestdays. Foranumberofyears,theeventwaschairedbyBobGirvinwhoalwaysmanagedaspectacularclimb inhisChryslerpoweredAllardGT. Back in '51or '52the largeengineclasswaswonbyanAllardK2andlatelyyrstrlyhasdoneprettywellintheK2,andthenintheJ2. For2014 theroadsurfacewasasbadasanyonehadeverseen it. Remember, this isaroad in themountainsofVermontwithloggingtrucksrollingupanddownitthroughtheiceandsnowsofthewinter.Forthoseofacertainage,it'snotunliketheHoChiMinhTrailaftertheB52sweredone.OvertheyearsI'vesufferedstresscrackstothebodyaswellasbrokengearboxes,enginemountsand such. The road isabout5.3miles longwithover3000 ftofelevationchange.Thereareelevenormorehairpinsandcountlessturnsandcurvesoflesserradius.It'satoughchallenge. Evenwiththatalltaken intoaccount,thisweekendwasspecial. MikeDonickatthewheeloftheK2managedtobreakthemagic fiveminutemarkwitha4:59.18,andbeatmybesttime (seta fewyearsago) inthatcarbynearlya

    second. HewassecondoverallbehindamagnificentlydrivenLotus18.TheK2hasprovenagreatvintageracerforover thirtyyears. A coupleof seasonsago Ibeatapretty seriousAstonDB3S in a road race at Lime RockPark Yrs trly tookawhile togetdialed in thisyear (he'snot getting any younger), but by end ofweekendwasthirdbehindMikeandasecondandahalfaheadofthenext car, a Lotus VII. The next car was a prettyimpressiveEType. Thisisbeingwrittenacoupleofdaysaftertheeventandthetwoofusarestillsmiling.

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    MontereyCarWeek ChuckWarnesCarmels Concours on the Avenue, the first of nofewer than seven car shows, serves to kickoff thefrenzy of Classic CarWeek activities around theMonterey Peninsula. This years Concours wasgracedby thepresenceofMartinAllardsgreenK3andDavidRossitersredK2alongOceanAvenue. ThisConcours,despiteitsgrowthovertheyears,continues tobea relatively laidbackevent,withacontinuous streamofcarownersgetting invited todrive on to the podium to share their cars storywiththepublic.MartindidagreatjobofsharingthehistoryofhisK3,whilealsotryingtoexplainthathewasnotSydneyAllardsson,andthathisRhodesiandialectwasnotanEnglishaccent. Whilemostofthecarswerecompeting,Martinscarwasondisplayonly.Thus,itwasmuchtoMartinssurpriseandtothedismayofmanyJag,MG,TriumphandSunbeamownerswhenMartinwasinvitedtomakeasecondtriptothepodiumtoacceptTHECHRISTIELMILLERBRITISHCUPfortheautomobilethatbestrepresentspostWorldWarIIBritishexcellence.

    Onbehalfof theAllardRegister,wewereprivileged to receivea pitpass forWednesdayspremier showingofRACINGTHROUGHTHEFOREST,an80minute filmdocumentaryof thePebbleBeachRoadRaces from19501956

    (racingthrutheforest.com). Itwas awell done professional productionthat included interviewswith several race veteransand lotsofneverbeforeseenfootage. TheshowsposterisfocusedonTomCarstensiconicblackAllardJ2,acarthatgetsconsiderablefootagethroughoutthemovie.BillPollack,togetherwith Derek Hill (Phils son) and other PBRR veterans, did agreat jobof sharing their insight andexperiences after the screening.This is a must see film for all vintage racing fans.Well sharemorewheninformationaboutdistributioncomesavailable. ThisalsogaveustheopportunitytoattendSundaysPebbleBeachConcours dElegance. Colin, Jake and I got out there in the predawnhourstowitnesstheprocessionofexoticmachineryastheymadetheirwayfromthePoloGroundstotheirdesignatedspotsonPebbleBeachs18th fairway.While therewerenoAllards in thisyearsConcours, thefield includedaplethoraofsportsand racingcars from theearly50s,including 20 Ferrari Testa Rosas. Best of Show honors went to animmaculateoneoff54Ferrari375MMScagliettiCoupe.

    Nine Allard owners were able to get together at Stravaganzarestaurant for a Saturdaymorning breakfast to reconnect, and swapstories and experiences. After breakfastwe congregated for a groupphotoaroundthetwoK3sthatMartinAllarddroveoverfromhishome

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    inCarmel,andtheP1basedJurassicAllardJ2XXXthatTonyMartinisdrovedownfromhishomeinSacramento.

    DougSchultzshemipoweredK2was thesoleAllardparticipantat theRolexMontereyMotorsportsReunion.Hestartedmidpack inSundays race that includedaneclecticarrayof Specials from theearly50s,alongwith severalbreatheduponMGsandMorgans.DougsAllardwasobviouslyrunningfineuntilabrokenoillineputhimoutofactionneartheendofthe6thlap.

    MartinAllard,Colin&Chuck,MattGrebe,LyndseyParsons,BobWeiner,PeterBowman,TonyMartinis,andBernardDervieux

    Pittsburgh2014 AndyPicarielloOn Thursday, Judy and I traveled the 700 or so miles toPittsburgh,accompaniedbyDavidHooperandcompanionPat,towing the22 footenclosed trailerwithmyK2 inside.131/2hours and 80 gallons of gasoline later, we arrived at ourdestination. There, we were greeted by Bill and AnnabelleWilmer,whoarrivedearlierintheday. Fridaywasanopenday,withonly the racedriver'sdinnerscheduled.We caught upwith Richard and Judy Stilwell thatmorning. We Allard attendees were invited to the driver'sdinner,andthisgaveusachancetoviewsomeofthecarsthatweretoraceonSunday.

    WhatachangefromourlastvisittothePittsburghVintageGrandPrix,severalyearsago!Whatwesawweresmalldisplacementvintageracecars,andlateron,wediscoveredthattherewerenoAllardsracing.Originally,AlanPattersonwastoracehisrecentlyacquiredAllardGT,andnephewPeterwastoracehisJ2.Asitturnedout,theybothintendedtorace,butnotdrivingtheirAllards.ThePittsburghcourseisaverytightone,soperhapsthiswasthereason.Thefirstofmanydisappointmentsthatweekend. Saturdaydawnedwiththepromisedrain,veryheavyattimes.DiscussionstookplacebetweenBillWilmer,TomKayhuaandme,as toholdoutduring theday,or to scrub theevent.Theweatherforecastpredictedrainshowersthroughouttheday.Wereceivedareportthattheshowcarswouldnotbeallowedontotheshowfielduntiladeterminationwasmadeofthefieldcondition.Thiswasnotdoneuntilwewereallonourwayhome,BillwithhisJ2XandTomwithhisK1.

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    We laterheard that the car showwentoff,albeitwithonlyTomShelton's recently restored J2 representing theAllardmarque.Tom's crew is tobe commended for taking the chance,andavailing themselvesofamoderatelydryperiodoftheday.Therainreturnedatthecloseoftheshow.Sunday'sracewentoffasscheduled.Wethreemade ithome,disappointed,butwithcleancarsandevencleanerpurses.

    JohnNegleyandhisAllardJ2XLeMans ChuckWarnesFredWackerandCurtisLeMayfoundthemselvesinatightspotinthesummerof52.Wacker,anavidandsuccessfulAllard racer,was president of the SportsCarClubofAmerica (SCCA). The SCCAwas facing agrowingpublicoutcryabout thesafetyofsportscarracing on public streets and roads particularly asrespectscrowdcontrol. LeMay,alsoanAllardownerandenthusiast,wasinchargeoftheUnitedStatesAirForceStrategicAirCommand (SAC).Mostof theSACbaseswereWWIIera facilities located in remote ruralareas factorsthatwere contributing to staffmoraleand turnoverproblems. He needed to generate revenue toupgrade livingand recreational facilitiesasameanstoaddressthoseproblems. SCCAandSAChadbegundiscussionsduring the

    summermonths,andhadmutuallyagreedontheirmaidenvoyageraceatTurnerAirForceBaseforOctober26,1952.SCCAwasinitiallylukewarmabouttheideaofracingonstraightandlevelstripsofconcrete,butatragicracingaccidentatWatkinsGlenfiveweeksearliercreatedarealsenseofurgency.Ironically,theaccidentinvolvedFredWackerhimselfwho, earlier that day, had urged caution during the driversmeeting due to the density of the spectators throughdowntownWatkinsGlen. Wackersmountforthatracedaysclimax,theInternationalGrandPrix,washisheavilymodifiedCadpowered8BallAllardJ2.HewasrunningjustbehindJohnFitchsCunninghamasthecarsbegantheirsecondlapdowntheFranklinStreet straightaway.According toeyewitness reports, theAllardwaspassing theCunninghamasbothcarsbraked tomake the right turn on to Old Corning Road. Some witnesses said thatWacker was in Fitchs blind spot as theCunninghamswunglefttomaketheturn,sohisonlyoptionwastomovelefttoavoidcontact.Otherreportssaythataslightrise intheroadsurfacethrewbothcarsoffbalance.PhotosshowWacker inthe leadasthecarsmadetherightturn,withthewakeofcarnageinthebackground.TheAllardsleftrearwheelhadrakedthefrontrowofspectatorswhowerepushingagainst the ropebarrier, resulting in thedeathof sevenyearoldFrankFazzariand injuries toadozenothers.Theracewasimmediatelyhaltedandcancelled,andthistragiceventprecipitatedtheendofsportscarracingonpublicstreetsintheUS.SACbaseracecourseswerelargelydictatedbythelayoutofrunways,taxiwaysandtarmac.TurnerAFBs4milecourseconsistedofonlysixcornerstwo90degreeturns,twoacuteangle135degreeturns,andtwo180degreehairpins.Turn1wasa lefthandsweepergoing intoamilestraight thatcommencedwith thedecreasing radiusTurn2 thatexitedontoa1milestraighttoTurn3asharprighthander.Onecanonlyimaginethespeedsthatcarsreachedonthesetwo30footwidestretchesofrunway.

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    The USAF would not allow General LeMay toparticipate in the race himself, but he and his wifemade the 1200 mile trip from Omaha Nebraska toAlbany Georgia in his Allard K2 to inaugurate andwitnesstheevent.Thecourselayoutandplacementofthegrandstandsservedtofacilitatecrowdcontrol,andtheeventnettedalmost$48,000(1952dollars)fortheAirmansLivingImprovementFund(ALIF). Theresultwasameasureofteamworkthatwouldplay a significant role in sports car racing in the USover two critical years when SCCA and SAC wouldcooperate in seven races in 1953 (generating over$250,000fortheALIF)andeightracesin1954beforeaconservative congressman from