FORMULA 5000 LONG BEACH
AGAINST MANY PREDICTIONS, the Long Beach Formula 5000 race took place at the end of September round the streets of the Californian city. Above. F5000 debutant Tom Pryce
applies an armful of opposite lock as his Shadow-Chrysler V8 begins to slide wide on a corner. Below left, a group of cars can be seen away from, their usual habitat. Included are the Lolas of Elliott Forbes-Robinson, David Hobbs and John Woodner, the Talons of Amon and Warwick Brown and John Cannon’s March. On the right Al Unser’s Lola, which started the final from pole position, bumps a wheel over the kerb whilst leading Oliver, Redman and Scheckter.
FORMER LE MANS entrant and long-time racing enthusiast Briggs Cunningham still maintains a splendid collection of historic road and racing cars at his spacious museum at Costa Mesa on the Californian coast south of Los Angeles. Above we show a general view of the collection, whilst below we show one of the Lance Reventlow financed Formula One Scarabs which were raced in Europe back in 1959. This car is fitted with a non
original Chevrolet V8 engine, but its original -litre, four-cylinder double overhead-camshaft motor can be seen on the plinth in the foreground.
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