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Revs on the Road: I Know What You Did Last Summer, Part Two

October 20, 2017 Events, In the News, Racing

I Know What You Did Last Summer,
Part Two

If it’s Labor Day it must be Lime Rock, the subject of the second of our three photo essays on the summer adventures of cars from The Revs Institute. The famed Connecticut track hosted its annual Historic Festival Sept. 1 – 4, with a couple of cars from the Institute on hand.

The Collier Collection’s 1966 Ford GT40 won its class at Daytona in 1967, with Jacky Ickx (a Belgian and six-time winner at LeMans) and Dr. Dick Thompson (known as “The Flying Dentist,” because dentistry was his day job) at the wheel. The car is the first of many racing Ford GTs that were sponsored by Gulf Oil, including the Gulf-sponsored Ford winners at LeMans.

The GT40 was driven at Lime Rock this year by another LeMans winner, Britain’s Richard Attwood, who prevailed in the 24-hour marathon in 1970 in a Porsche 917.

Also making the trek from Naples to Lime Rock was The Revs Institute’s 1962 Lotus 23, a much-heralded racer from that period. It was driven by Dave Handy, co-founder and principal of Virginia-based SascoSports, a full restoration and race prep shop, and tire supplier for contemporary and vintage racing.

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Paul Ingrassia, editor at the Revs Institute in Naples, FL., is former managing editor of Reuters and former Detroit bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. He has written about the auto industry for more than 30 years.

4 Responses

  1. Jim Holden

    Having Paul Ingrassia as editor is a serious credential for our wonderful Revs. Keep it up!

  2. Addison Austin

    For years I lived in western Connecticut and it was an easy trip to Lime Rock. I have raced several cars in assorted places,but only a VW at Lime Rock in an event sponsored by the Connecticut Sports Car Club. I was a long time member of that group.

  3. Bob Graham

    Great reporting! When you’re in the collection, it’s a thrill to know that many of the cars there get very vigorous — er, “exercise!”
    Also great to see Richard Attwood back in harness, and loving it!

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