Other Chaparrals

Unlike Jim Hall's later rear-engined Chaparral II series, which had covert GM factory backing, Hall and builders Troutman-Barnes offered the original Chaparral I for sale to private owners.

Harry Heuer, of the Peter Hand Brewery family, bought the first customer car, #002.  He raced it for his "Meister Brauser"  team alongside the team's single remaining Scarab.

The new car appeared in bare aluminum for the 1961 Riverside GP, but blew its engine in qualifying.

Heuer went on to campaign the car with some success at SCCA National and pro events in 1962-63.  Here at Laguna Seca, he DNF'd.

(Photo by Dave Norton)

Collector and Monterey Historic competitor Tom Hollfelder has acquired and restored the ex-Heuer Chaparral.  The car appeared at  the 2002 Monterey Historic Races with Paul Brown driving.  Brown finished 2nd to Brian Redman in a Scarab.

Interesting Dave Friedman photo from Riverside 1961 shows the two Meister Brausers, Chaparral and Scarab, entering Turn 7 at Riverside.  Who were the drivers?   Please email me!

Skip Hudson in the "Team Meridian" Chaparral.

This customer car appeared at pro events in 1963.

At the USRRC event at Laguna Seca in June, Hudson finished 3rd.

(I scanned this great photo by Julian Veovich from the cover of the 1964 Laguna Seca USRRC Program.)

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