was a prominent Arizona-based owner/driver
in the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1961, he and fellow Arizonan Jim
Connor campaigned the ex-John von Neumann Ferrari 625-TRC #0680,
upgraded with Chevy V8 power.
In 1960, Sugarman had bought Maserati
Type 61 "Birdcage" #2452 from Joe Lubin and replaced Lubin's driver,
Bob Drake, with the very capable Connor. At Laguna Seca on October
22, 1960, Jim
Hall drove the "Birdcage" for Sugarman.
After selling the Maserati, Sugarman
bought the Ferrari from von Neumann and installed the Chevy.
|At the highly competitive
event July 8-9, 1961, Connor was 3rd in Saturday's qualifying race.
Connor would race the car on Saturday
and win a good starting position, then turn the beast over to owner Sugarman
for the main event. Sugarman finished 6th on Sunday at Pomona.
||The week after Pomona, the pair took
the car to Cotati in Sonoma County.
Connor finished 2nd to
Callaham races this car today with Ferrari V12 power.
|Sugarman leads Chuck
Sargent in his "Birdcage" Maserati early at Cotati.
Sargent made short work of the Ferrari-Chevy,
but he failed to finish.
After this race, Sugarman sold the Ferrari-Chevy
to Corvette driver Elmer "Red" Faris. Faris turned the driving
over to fellow Corvette ace Bill Sherwood, who did well with it..
For more info on Ferrari 625-TRC #0680
and its sister car, #0672, see the "Notes"
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