Good to hear from you again. The
Lister was purchased by Dan Whitz alone (Kozlosky went into the service).
The car was originally scheduled to be driven by Stirling Moss with a Maserati
engine installed. I think the rear engine revolution scrapped those
plans. A 402 cubic inch Chev. was in it when Dan bought it.
Lefty Mudersbach put one of his drag
race motors in it. The engine had a four inch bore and a four inch
stroke (we called it a four by four). The crank was made by Moldex
from a solid billet (I still have it).
My memory isn't getting any better but
I think we only roadraced it once or twice. I drove it once at Pomona
and called Bondurant to drive it at Pomona the next time. We had
a sprint car race at the same time and I couldn't drive both.
We drag raced the car a lot and did well
with it. The car turned 132+ in the quarter. The E.T. wasn't
very good as it was set up for road racing. Chet Herbert advertised
it as the fastest un-blown sportscar in drag racing.
The main problem we had was with the
oiling system. We were using only one scavaging pump in the dry sump
system at that time. The crankcase would fill with oil and blow it
all over the back tires.
Dan sold the car without the engine.
I put the engine in the new sprint car that I was just finishing.
Solved the oiling problem and ran the engine until 1969.
I enjoyed the photograph. Was recently
talking about that little car behind me. I think on the next
lap he went by me in the same spot so sideways that I thought he'd never
make it. The Campbell-Chev. was co-owned by Dan Blocker, I think.
Erickson Shirley campaigns the ex-Bob Edmison
Lister today in historic racing events!