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Revs 2018 Year in Review – Part 2

December 14, 2018 In the News

By John Lamm

Lime Rock, Laguna Seca, Pebble Beach, Goodwood – during the year that has now almost concluded, many of the vehicles from the Miles Collier Collections at the Revs Institute traveled to some of the most hallowed places in the car-collector world. The Revs Institute is committed to sending significant vehicles from the collection to participate in important events across the country and around the world in order to fulfill its mission of enlightening the world on the transformative impact that the automobile has had on our culture. As we look back on a busy and productive 2018, here is a sampling of what we were up to in the second half of the year.

One of the many prizes at the Revs Institute is the Dan Gurney All American Racers Eagle Weslake that won the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix, an all-American win. The car was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June driven by famed Grand Prix driver Martin Brundle. Photo: Wouter Melissen

The first mid-engine Grand Prix car to win a modern-era Formula 1 race was the Stirling Moss-driven 1957 Cooper Type 43, seen here at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with Martin Brundle behind the wheel. Photo: Shiva Yamamoto

Revs’ Scott George guides the Type 43 Cooper at Goodwood. Despite his car’s well-worn tires, Stirling Moss prevailed in the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix, starting a second mid-engine revolution in Formula 1. Photo: Shiva Yamamoto

The award winners from the 70th Anniversary of Porsche class at the Concours of America in July. From the left, Revs’ 908/3, a Gulf-livery 917, a center-seat RSK 718 and a 934.5 racer from legendary Brumos Racing. Photo: Colin Beresford

At Plymouth, Michigan’s Concours d’Elegance of America, Brian Redman graciously takes the honors for Revs and drives the 1971 Porsche 908/3 up for an award. Photo: Eric Toth

Gunnar Jeannette about to top the Corkscrew in one of the newest additions to the Revs Institute, a diminutive 1962 Lotus 23, in August’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The Lotus 23 was donated to Revs in 2017 by a generous benefactor. Photo: John Lamm

In addition to transporting cars around the world for racing and display, the Revs Institute sends along a crew of expert mechanics to keep the cars running. Pictured here are Dave Klym, John Arsenault, Tim Bair, and Bill Blume. Photo: David Santiago

Most of the cars created by Carlo Abarth were based on Fiats, but Abarth also produced a Simca 2 Mila Corsa. Here Gunnar Jeannette powers the Abarth off the Corkscrew during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca. Photo: John Lamm

The most famous OSCA in the world, which Briggs Cunningham entered in the 1954 Sebring 12 Hours for Stirling Moss and Bill Lloyd. They won against all the big-engined competition. Here it is in line to enter the show field at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Photo: David Santiago

Revs’ famed “56” was part of the OSCA display at August’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Photo: David Santiago

Also on the lawn at Pebble Beach was our 1958 Scarab, which Lance Reventlow created to prove American race cars could compete with and beat the European machines…and they did. Photo: Johnny Miles

What a treat — a trio of Scarabs on the awards ramp at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Revs’ example – chassis 003 – is in the middle. Photo: John Lamm

A very rare automobile from Revs at the Pebble Beach concours, a 1920 Cunningham Series V3. The Rochester, NY, company normally assembled formal automobiles but also built a few boat-tail speedsters just to show what they were capable of. Photo: Johnny Miles

The late-summer Lime Rock Historic Festival, which includes both races and a concours at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, showcased Bugatti as the featured marque this year. It was only natural that Revs would send its pair of “Bugs” to this long-running event. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Revs’ 1930 Bugatti Type 35 B/T has a 2261-cc single-overhead-cam straight-8 with a Roots supercharger. It was raced in the 1930 Targa Florio by legendary driver Louis Chiron, who finished second in the 335-mile competition. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Bugatti created 28 Type 35 Super Sports, and they have all survived. This is our example at the Sunday concours during the Lime Rock Park weekend. Under the hood is a 135-horsepower, supercharged straight-8. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Dan Gurney’s Belgian Grand Prix-winning Eagle Weslake from Revs was taken on an honorary high-speed lap of Goodwood during the Revival, driven by Derek Bell. Photo: Wouter Melissen

What a Goodwood gallery, a line-up of race cars from the team of Rob Walker, the most successful privateer in Formula One history. On the left is the 1957 Cooper Type 43 Grand Prix car from Revs. Photo: Wouter Melissen

Ready for one of the show laps of famous Grand Prix cars, Sir Jackie Stewart in the 1957 Cooper Type 43 GP car. Photo: Wouter Melissen

Gunnar Jeannette in the 1969 Porsche 908/2 Flunder in WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s famed Corkscrew corner, on his way to winning the Group 2 Werks Trophy race at Porsche’s Rennsport VI in September. Photo: John Lamm

The 1960 Targa Florio-winning Porsche RS-60 on display at Rennsport VI’s Chopard Heritage Display. Photo: John Lamm

Recently restored, this Porsche 907 won the Sebring 12 Hours in 1968 and then, 50 years later, a concours trophy at Rennsport in 2018. Photo: Johnny Miles

Always a hit with Porsche fans, the Porsche 908 LH “long tail.” This car – chassis 908 025 – won on Belgium’s high-speed Spa track in 1969 where co-winning driver Brian Redman said its high-speed handling, “scared me stupid.” Jo Siffert was his partner. Photo: Johnny Miles

In 1967, this Porsche 910/6 won the 1000-km race at the Nürburgring, significant for being the first win by the famous German automaker on the country’s famed race track. Photo: John Lamm

Off the Corkscrew at Rennsport, Gunnar Jeannette winning the Group 2 Werks Trophy race with the 908/2 Flunder. Photo: Johnny Miles

Taking a lap of honor at Porsche’s Rennsport VI is Gunnar Jeannette in the 1969 917PA, which was raced in the ’69 Can Am series by Jo Siffert. This car was forerunner of Porsche’s famed Can-Am race cars. Photo: Johnny Miles

Come October it was off to the Lake Mirror Concours in Lakeland, Florida with one of the most famous Ferraris in the U.S. This 1948 166 Corsa Spyder was imported by Briggs Cunningham and was the first racing Ferrari in the U.S. Photo: David Santiago

There is a familial tie between the Miles Collier Collections and the Cunningham Ferrari 166 Corsa. In 1950 it was raced by Miles Collier’s uncle, Sam. Photo: David Santiago

The Revs Institute regularly creates special displays of the many artifacts in the Miles Collier Collections. To finish out the year, there are six exhibit cases spread throughout the galleries that feature automotive hood ornaments and mascots. Titled Rolling Sculpture: Automotive Mascots, it features rare examples that range from airplanes to monkeys, representative of the more than 7,000 designs that were offered in the automobile’s early years. The exhibit also includes mascots on loan from the collection of Naples resident Jon Zoler. Photo: David Santiago

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John Lamm started his automotive journalism career in 1965 as a racing photographer for Autoweek magazine. After a tour in Vietnam, he joined Motor Trend in 1969, then Road & Track in 1975, where he worked for 37 years. He has also written for Car and Driver and Automobile magazines. Credits include 10 books and Lamm has been honored with the International Motor Press Association’s Ken Purdy and the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor awards for writing. Lamm’s photo archives include hundreds of thousands of images ranging from an 1893 Benz Victoria to many of the latest automobiles. He is on the organizing committee for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for two decades. Lamm lives in San Clemente, California with his wife, Scheri.

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