This is still one of my favorite tracks in the U.S. Without any major problems other than a great fight at the end Simon Pagenaud won for the second time in two weeks. He was followed by a beat-up Graham Rahal and third went to Josef Newgarden who is on my current favorite team.
Montoya had a good run from last to 5th. Tony Kanaan in 8th and Takuma Sato in 13th.
This was the first electric race in the streets of Paris. While I like the idea of electric cars and know they will get better with time I still find it hard to watch them race. Lucas di Grassi pulled off his third win of the season and is now in first place for the championship. Former Formula One driver, Jean-Eric Vergne, came in second. Third went to popular Sebastien Buemi.
Light blue Arizona Roadster with blue interior with grey piping. Complete older restoration which has been updated with new Moss Motors interior, paint respray, and some mechanical rebuilds such as overdrive rebuild, brakes, rubber, stainless steel exhaust. Very good chrome and aluminum. No rust. Complete with recovered top and side curtains, new tonneau, heater, wire wheels, drivers and workshop manuals and Heritage Certificate.
Previously rebuilt engine and transmission shifts well and runs excellent. Recent dry compression reading were: 135, 150, 135, and 130 pounds. Engine does not run hot or smoke nor does the cockpit which has heat resistant insulation.
Car is completely stock except for air horns and no turn signal switch. Engine was painted blue to match the car when it was rebuilt instead of the original army tank green. Matching numbers engine # 1B/232254. Car is titled as a 1955 but Heritage Certificate lists it as a May 1956 build delivered to Los Angeles, California.
Prospective purchasers are encouraged to drive and inspect the vehicle before purchase.
Car restoration is to driver quality and not Healey Concourse standards so the car is priced accordingly. Some paint and body imperfections.
Simon Pagenaud came in first under the complaints of Scott Dixon who was second. The complaint was that Pagenaud had committed an infraction of the rules on leaving the pit area. This infraction allowed him to get in front of Dixon. There was no penalty given and the results stand. Third went to Helio Castroneves. The difference between 1st and 2nd was .3032,,,,plenty close.
Takuma Sato ended in 5th and Tony Kanaan ended in 6th.
This was really a good race with everybody challenging everybody. No accidents and all cars finished. After the first couple of turns Rosberg jumped into the lead and the race could have stopped there. In the end he was 38 seconds ahead of Vettel followed by Kvyat.
Massa came in 6th and Hulkenburg was 15th. It is too bad that all the races are not as good as this one.
NOTE: Just when you thought there couldn't be any more barn finds to be found this appears. What is in your garage or your neighbor's garage...what does grandpa have? Text by Jerry Heasley and photos by Hotrod.
Forty-one years passed.
“Get that Corvette
running,” “Get it out,” “Let’s get it going,” everybody kept telling Jay
Wisler. Finally, in 2015, with his friend Mike LaRocca’s prodding, Wisler
unearthed this ’57 Vette, still with the original drivetrain and paint,
interior rotted, but also “untouched” since new. Beside the ’57, Wisler had
also stored another “keeper:” a ’55, yellow with green interior; this one not
From 1968 until 1975, Jay
Wisler owned a shop repairing and restoring Vettes in Tampa, Florida. In 1974,
a friend mentioned a ’57 for sale about 45 minutes north in Leesburg. The price
in 1974 was $5,200, not exactly cheap even 40-plus years ago. However, Wisler
remembers in the early 1970s when everything “1957 Chevy” was hot: two-door
hardtops, Nomads, convertibles and Corvettes. Wisler paid more for the ’57 due
to its “untouched” status, very difficult to find even in the early 1970s.
Also, the ’57 Vette was a 245-horsepower dual-quad 283 for sale by the original
owner, a Colonel Edward Wright James, an Air Force veteran of three wars: World
War II, Korea and Vietnam.
The ’55 Vette was
much cheaper at $1,500, but it had no engine or transmission. “I bought the ’55
from an old friend of mine that needed the money to buy two Corvair Spyders
that he thought were a better investment.”
More than one person has
wanted to buy these two old Vettes over the years. Most recently, the TV showPickersexpressed an interest to do a shoot in
Jay’s garage. Wisler killed the proposed deal because a prerequisite was
selling them one or both of the Vettes. Jay’s plan is to build the ’55 for his
daughter and keep the ’57 for fun driving and car showing.
LaRocca is Jay’s very
talented friend of a half century. “We pulled the cars out. We took the ’57 to
Mike’s place. He went ahead and changed the oil, rebuilt the carburetors and we
got the thing running.”
“The dealer told
Colonel James if he would wait two more weeks, Chevrolet was coming out with a
new four-speed, all synchronized where you don’t have to stop to go into First
gear. He said he didn’t want one more gear to worry about shifting.” James
lived in Tucson, Arizona, in 1957 when he went looking for a new Corvette. He
found 20 or 21 on the lot of City Chevrolet in Los Angeles, but none in the
specific color he wanted: Aztec Copper. Colonel James felt Aztec Copper would
camouflage the desert’s red dirt.
The car got plenty dirty
when James raced at El Mirage, probably about 1957 or 1958. “He raced it one
time at El Mirage in California. He made a flying mile and got a plaque. He
told me he decoupaged that plaque into a wooden coffee table with several other
items from his military service.”
The Colonel passed away in 1981, but his wife, Betsy, 15 years
younger, is still alive. She has no knowledge of the table, but married the
Colonel three years after he bought the Corvette.
Wisler recalls James
quoted his top speed in the flying mile at 154 mph, a figure Wisler believes is
not possible with a stock three-speed and a set of 3.55s in a 245-horse
This was a pretty decent race for Bahrain. Last year was a good one too. So maybe this is a vision of things to come. Rosberg jumped out in front and stayed there. A Ferrari in second, but a different one than usual....one belonging to Kimi Raikkonen. Lewis Hamilton came in third.
My favorites, Massa came in 8th and Nico Hulkenberg came in 15th suffering right from the beginning of the race.
There were several drives of note starting with Raikkonen whose car actually held together. Romain Grosjean, driving for the new American team, came in 5th. As a team this will be my favorite for sometime into the future because of all the naysayers before they hit the track. Stoffel Vandoorne, emergency fill-in for Alonso, had never driven in a Formula One race. He came in 10th and in the points.....I don't think McLaren will be letting him go in the near future...I am sure they will use him to replace one of their high priced drivers. Rookie Pascal Wehrlein, driving for Manor, came in 13th which is probably the best they have ever done. Wehrlein came with the new Mercedes engines and I am sure we will see a big improvement in this team.
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