|Pomona, November, 1958
-- the Corazza Cooper-Porsche with Ed Barker driving. Note different
(Photo by Bob Tronolone)
From Jim Sitz:
"Pomona, November, 1958...
41 laps... Under 2000cc... 15 cars finished and #24, the "Pooper"
DNF'd with Ed Barker driving, reason unknown. But the year before
at Santa Barbara in September, 1957 the car ran as #40 in black color entered
as a "Porsche- Cooper" by T.R. Corazza with Ed Barker as driver."
Update from Ron Cummings:
"Scooter did not wreck
the car. He did bend the first PAM special at Santa Barbara causing my
confusion. The car did get bent but I do not know when or by whom.
Hans Adam did drive the
car. The car always raced with a 4-cam motor, not a push-rod unit."
(4-27-09) From Steve
"My name is Steve Gough
and I came across the pictures of this car on your website. I have forwarded
them on to my Father in Law as he was related to Clarence and I hope he
can give more details. My wife remembers him well, he was her Uncle, and
she grew up around him and his family.
I met Clarence a few years
ago just before he passed away. Dan Gurney offered him the test driver
role in Europe but he declined it as he didnít want to move his family
out of the US. As well as being a race car driver he was a tinkerer extraordinaire
and a prolific inventor who held many patents, particularly those related
to firearms. He invented a safety for the 1911 type pistol that is now
standard on every one produced.
As good at inventing as
he was he was just as bad at business and lost all he had several times
over, he would recover only to have it all disappear again. He had some
very bad family trouble in recent years and it took its toll. If
I discover any new information I will be sure to pass it along."