|From Joel Jacobs:
"Picture is from 1961
Nassau Trophy Races.
I sold the car to Ken
Hutchison around 1963-64,. The class rules had just changed from 750 to
950 cc. It would no longer have been remotely com- petitive.
Some years later. I heard the car went from him to St. Louis. That
is where Ed Walsh lived -- he was also active in H Mod. Hutchison
was one of the first race car collectors. I don't recall that anyone
paid particular attention to serial numbers in those days.
In the late 1980's Kruse
Auctioneers had their first Miami Beach Auction.
New Year's Eve was a
pre-auction party, black tie, to which I was invited.
My ex car was there without
engine, painted red. I copied the info I had,
and gave it to a representative
of the seller since they did not have the
car supposedly sold for $60,000.00, maybe to David Walmsley.
I didn't realize the chassis
was 1956. Ollie Schmidt prided himself with getting new "stuff",
and the later series cars with alloy cast wheels were already plentiful
in this country. I remember racing against them at the Nationals.
All of my records are
in storage, and not accessible. It is only by chance that I
have a picture from that era around so I am relying on memory which we
have determined is not infallible. In 1960, I was 29 yearsold, a married
man with children, and couldn't afford to make a National effort or do
a great deal of traveling. Ollie was quite a bit older.
I had previously been
racing in GP and EM in an Alfa Romeo Normal and then Veloce. My racing
was restricted to surrounding tracks such as Elkhart Lake, the Milwaukee
Fairgrounds (it had an infield), Wilmot, Meadowdale, Indianapolis Raceway
Park and Vincennes, IN.
If any of the other OSCA
drivers came to National races at these tracks, I
would have raced against
them during the local season 1961, 1962, and early 1963 in H Mod.
OSCA driver names that I remember are Poole, Eichen- laub, Igleheart, and
Ed Walsh. I also recall Martin Tanner very well -- Tanner Special.
Stirling Moss gave me
personal instruction in No. 951 at Meadowdale. My times in the same
car were always faster than Ollie's, but I couldn't beat him in the Lola-OSCA.
One National race at Elkhart Lake, I was way out in front when I started
to lose oil pressure, and had to quit. I have a nice newspaper picture
of that disappointment.
In 1961, we went to the
Nassau Trophy Races together, and I finished second to him in class.
He, Chuck Cassell, and myself also won the team prize among other awards
in the amateur division.
An article in Sport Car
Illustrated magazine, written by Sherry Zuckert (spelling) gave us good
coverage. I won the first race ever held at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Bud Seaverns crewed for me. Ollie won the
SCCA National Championship
in 1960 and 1961. SCCA records show he drove both the Lola-OSCA and OSCA
in both years. He likely bought No. 951 directly after Sebring in 1959.
He sold it to me as soon as the Lola arrived, and that should have been
late in 1960 or very early in 1961. Jim Scott of Libertyville, IL used
to take care of both our cars. I did a lot of the
work myself under his
Note the car used a wrap
around windscreen and hard tonneau cover for SCCA races. They had
FIA windshields for international events. I did not change the color
scheme, only the numbers to 64. As you can see the car was
left hand drive. I don't recall where the exhaust ran, but we used
partial helmets until 1962, and the noise wasn't overwhelming.
The OSCA series was very
popular around the Mid-West for years. They were driven by luminaries of
early SCCA Chicago Region racing such as Jim
Kimberly, Fred Wacker,
and Reese Makins to mention a few in the years prior to 1960."