Articles tagged Rodger Ward

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The human touch

US Grand Prix, Sebring, December 1959 Brabham. Moss. Brooks. Formula 1’s first American venture featured a three-way title fight that ended in unconventional fashion Writer Simon Arron, Illustrator Guy Allen America had maintained a token presence on the F1 championship calendar from day one, thanks to the inclusion of the scarcely relevant Indianapolis 500, but this was the first time the nation...

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Obituary – A  J  Watson

A  J  Watson, constructor of Offenhauser-powered Indy 500 ‘roadsters’ in the 1950s and ’60s, has died aged 90. During that time his cars dominated the Indy 500, winning six times. Chief mechanic on Bob Sweikert’s victorious Kurtis in 1955, he did the same job on his own winning cars with Pat Flaherty in ’56 and Rodger Ward in 1959 and ’62. Jim Rathmann (1960), Parnelli Jones (’63) and A J Foyt (’...

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The dinosaurs' last roar

The rear-engined revolution was in full swing at Indy by 1964, but the stars weren’t yet in alignment. Thus were the traditional roadsters permitted one final lap in the Brickyard’s spotlight...Writer Paul Fearnley Two-fifths of the American population watched The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Beatlemania had turned transatlantic: John, Paul, George and Ringo – plus Jim Clark. More than...

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Indy and Jones

Sir, I wish you had included Parnelli Jones' epic drive to win the 1963 Indy 500 in your 100 Greatest Drives article. For 500 miles he had to drive flat-out in order to beat Jim Clark's Lotus and win. I know this race was controversial, that Jones passed cars under the yellow while Clark did not, and that officials overlooked Jones' s leaking oil tank. Still, the fact remains, Parnelli made three...

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Iron man made in Indy

His dominant win in a heat-stricken Indianapolis 500 confirmed Bill Vukovich as one of US racing’s greatest stars – and helped usher in the roadster era When the flag waved to start the 1953 Indianapolis 500 it was already an infernally hot and humid day with the temperature in the mid-30s centigrade. At the time part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was still paved in the original bricks,...

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America's all action hero

'He truly never met a race car that he didn't like. All US racing was clamped in an AJ Foyt stranglehold' Detractors of America's all-action hero point to his rare European forays. But Joe Scalzo argues that Foyt did enough at home to be classed a true great It was a great racing civilisation that America had going for itself in the mid-1960s, and certainly its highlight was getting to watch A J...

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15 minutes of fame -- Schkee-Chevrolet DB1

Citicorp Can-Am Challenge, St Jovite, June 9, 1977 It was meant to rekindle past glories, but the first round of the new-look Can-Am was a shambles, saved by a win for the most futuristic car in its depleted field. The SCCA's plan was simple: rebody F5000s as central-seat 'sportscars'. But the Schkee — pronounced sha-kee — was more rebodied than most. Its Lola T332 underpinnings were wrapped in...

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INDIANAPOLIS 500 (May 30th)

INDIANAPOLIS soo (May 30th) In the most successful attempt by a European entered car in the Indianapolis 500, Jack Brabham finished ninth in his special 2.7-litre Cooper out of the twelve finishers. The race was won by A. J. Foyt in the Bowes Seal Fast Special at an average speed of 139.130 m.p.h. only 8.3 See. in front of Eddie Sachs in the Dean Van Lines Special while Rodger Ward who also...

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Lunch with... Lola

Lola’s founder and its saviour recall 50 years of entrepreneurial effort which has taken in almost every category of motor racing By Simon Taylor There are easier ways to make money than by building racing cars for sale. In fact, the major makers since the 1950s – the likes of Cooper, Lotus, Elva, Brabham, March, Reynard – have all, for one reason or another, hit the buffers and disappeared. The...

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Plenty of Weird and Wonderful cars were spawned By Can-Am's remarkably Thin rule book. Pete Lyons assesses six of the most intriguing, valiant but ultimately unsuccessful efforts . McKEE(1966-69) Bob McKee was an Indy 500 mechanic in 1961 when he performed one of the first-ever swaps of an American V8 into a British chassis, making a Cooper-Buick for Rodger Ward. Five years later McKee was...



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