|Racing Devins -- 1
Specials using bodies built by
Devin were common in California racing in the late 1950s and early
Miller's Oldsmobile powered hillclimb car there were these three, among
others. Most Devins
used modified Corvette engines.
Spencer drove the fastest of the racing Devins, the VKI, for its owner;
Phil Kondratief. Here he rounds Turn 3 at Santa Barbara, Sept 2-3,
Even with Spencer's skilled driving,
this car was an overpowered handful, and usually spun wildly at least once
Spencer, best known for his exploits
in a C-Production Morgan +4, qualified
the car for the Oct. 15, 1961 Riverside GP, but didn't finish.
|Historian Ron Cummings remembers the
"Lew Spencer said, recently, that the
car would go fast for about 5 laps, then its overstressed motor would lose
power. He did get a second or third at a Riverside club race
once. I think he may have won one Saturday race there. It's
an old story, still going on, where some hot rodder builds a big horsepower
motor and forgets that to win you must finish the race."
||John Brophy at Riverside, March 3-4
1962 in his Devin
A solid mid-pack performer, Brophy was
the Pacific Coast Champion in class "C" Modified in 1962.
John Brophy photos!
and 1950s racer Art Evans' remembers this car:
"John Brophy's Devin SS was my car.
I sold it to John in 1960 (or so). It was the prototype Devin SS;
built by Malcolm MacGregor in No. Ireland and set up for a Jaguar engine.
When I imported it, I took the C-Type engine out of my XK120 and campaigned
it in 1959 until we put in a Chevy."
|High desert Special builder Elgin Holmes
would swoop down on L.A. area races in his high-horsepower creations.
This Devin-Buick replaced an equally "hairy", also Buick-powered,
He battled Brophy at Riverside on March 3-4, 1962, with this beast.
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