|More from Ed:
"I first met Bob Eagleson at Vaca
Valley Raceway in the winter of 1960. We were at the SCCA driver
school in our Corvettes. He went over the bank in Turn 1 and was
stuck in the mud. I helped pull him out of the mud and it became
a lasting friendship.
Later Bob totaled his Corvette in Niles Canyon and that triggered
us to build the Corvette Special. We purchased a bare bones Kurtis
frame with torsion bar suspension. With that we took all the major
parts from his Corvette and put them into the Special. We utilized
the rear end, 4-speed transmission, and 327 Corvette engine with Rochester
fuel injection. We put in an aluminum flywheel, scatter shield, and
Iskendarian RR2 roller cam."
(Previous history of the chassis before we owned the car I cannot
help you with -- in those days no one thought to look for serial numbers,
we were just happy to get a car!)
The body was built by Acme Fiberglass in San Francisco, using the
basic Mistral shape. I made design changes to accommodate our ideas
in the car. Acme had fabricated Indy car bodies in Indiana and had
just moved to S.F. to make fiberglass body parts for Corvettes.
On a Sunday afternoon we finally got the car running. Started
it and backed it out of the garage and Bob said, "Do you want to take a
ride around the block?" With no body, open exhaust, not seats (just
boxes) we took off and the next thing I knew we were heading up Niles Canyon
in Sunday afternoon traffic. When we got to the top of the mountain
Bob pulled the car over and said, "You drive it back without getting a
ticket". Bob always pushed the envelope.
After we campaigned the car successfully in 1962, Bob, who always
wanted to dice for position, wanted to go into sprint cars which was fine
with me but not with his wife. It caused a divorce and finally the
#49 Kurtis had to be sold.
The new owner had everything X-rayed and found on the Pittman arm
a large crack inside the covering that was not visible. It makes you wonder
what would have happened if it had broken during a race."
From your webmaster:
Ed and Bob sold their car to Joshua
Saslove, who raced it frequently and fearlessly in 1963.
From historian Ron Cummings:
"I just wonder about this chassis.
Bill Campbell later re-bodied the Mistral car with a fiberglass body that
looked like an E Jag. He called it the Alligator. I asked Doug Hooper,
who won a couple of club races with the Alligator, what had happened to
the car. He said it was sold to a guy in the CalClub and that was
the last he had heard of it.
The big question still is, was the Eagleson/McCarroll car bodied
at Kurtis and the original body lost or is it just a random chassis?
From historian Bill Chapin:
"To the best of my knowledge, Kurtis made the four complete cars
and two extra chassis. Ak Miller was given one and the other went
to the Mistral car... I think. I think that's right."
From your webmaster:
Does anyone know of a Kurtis chassis that could possibly have ended
up in a South San Francisco junkyard in 1961?