|"Hopefully this will
fill the pot hole (or gap, if you will) that appears in 0754's racing history
trail during my time at bat.
First... allow me to digress
a moment and provide some background that (interestingly enough) provides
insight from a humanistic standpoint. In '58, an issue of the Fuller
Brush catalogue was devoted to Ferraris and Phil Hill with story line provided
by Denise McCluggage (and assuredly... some space begrudgingly allocated
to brushes, as Fuller was a devout Ferrari aficionado). Page 28 contained
a picture of a Ferrari 250TR that I showed to any and all (who would look
or listen) as the type I felt the most aggressive looking yet (the one
you wouldn't like to meet in a dark alley, if you will)... the Ferrari
model I'd love to own.
In the '50s Czechoslovakian uprising, a group of Czech's commandeered a
C-47 escaping to the western free world (a story in itself)... among them
(as acknowledged by 83 yr old Jaroslav Juhan from Prague) were Pilot Mira
Slovak (eventually to become driver of Bill Boeing Jr's hydro "Miss Wahoo"),
himself (then a champion NSU motor cycle rider), his brother Frank (also
into motorcycle racing), and Vasek
Polak (who soon after became a racing mechanic with Rolf Weutherich
von Neumann... inci- dentally, from whom I picked up Kunstle's Sebring
RS for eventual resurrection as the "RSKeck" in '58). I knew of only
Mira, Vasek, and Rolf at the time.
Yet a little more background...
In late spring of '59 Frank (Becker) and I were sitting on his Mercer Island
front porch enjoying the view and having a few beers. I happened
to pick up the Seattle Times and scanned the ads. Lo and behold!
there was a two line Ferrari ad in the automobile section that I turned
and read to Frank. The ad simply said... 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa
$7,500 giving a phone number... (in the Seattle Times? give me a
break!). Frank reached over and handed me the phone (we hadn't that
many beers to pass up my making the call).