World's Greatest Indy Racing Car
One of the most important American racing artifacts gets back on track
after 45 years. The Henry Ford Museum brings Jim Clark's Lotus-Ford 38/1
back to the scene of its triumph for a turn around the historic
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Some of the men who spearheaded the project
talk about the significance of the car in racing history.
Al Unser Sr, talks about Jimmy Clark's 1965 Lotus-Ford.
May 27, 2011 - Al Unser Sr. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Firestone Garage
talking about his former teamate Jim Clark and driving Clark's Lotus-Ford
1965 Indy 500 winning car in a special parade before the 2011 Indy 500 Race
Sunday May 29, 2011. For more information go to RacinginAmerica.com
Jackie Stewart on Murray Walkers F1 Greats
Sir John Young "Jackie" Stewart, better known as Jackie, and nicknamed The
Flying Scot, is a Scottish former racing driver. He competed in Formula One
between 1965 and 1973, winning three World Drivers' Championships.
1968 Lotus 56 at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed
The 1968 Lotus 56 Turbine Indy car, driven here by Parnelli Jones, as seen
at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.
Lotus founder Colin Chapman is best remembered for having a lot of success
with unconventional and revolutionary racing cars. One of the most
outrageous Lotus designs was the Type 56, prepared for the 1968 Indy 500.
Although the novelties found on the 56 were not new, but the combination
proved to be a package very well worth the Lotus badge.
Designed by Maurice Philippe, the 56 was not equipped with a regular
internal combustion engine, but with a Pratt and Whitney industrial turbine
engine. Such an engine was used previously and proved very reliable. Due to
the nature of a turbine engine, no gearbox was needed. Using the proven
Ferguson four wheel drive system, the turbine engine's power was
transferred to all wheels.
Although the turbine was not quite as powerful as the turbo charged internal combustion engines used by
the competition, Chapman was confident that the four wheel drive system
would give Lotus the edge over the rest. The operation was partly funded by
Andy Granatelli's STP company and the wedge shaped cars were livered in
STP's striking orange colour scheme.
Lotus intended to enter their two Formula 1 drivers, Jim Clark and Graham
Hill and Granatelli himself would enter another two cars for American
drivers, including Parnelli Jones. Unfortunately Clark lost his life in a
Formula 2 accident earlier that year. His replacement, Mike Spence, was
struck by tragedy as well, losing his life after a high speed accident with
Lotus 56 in one of the Indy 500 test sessions.
Eventually Graham Hill, Joe Leonard and Art Polland entered the race with
the turbine Lotus. Again Lotus' bold move proved successful with Leonard on
pole, closely followed by Hill. Hill crashed out early in the race, and
Leonard and Pollard both retired with fuel pump problems. Leonard was in
the lead with just a few laps to go, when his turbine engine died.
A grief strucken Chapman had returned to Europe with Spence's body and left
the turbine Indy cars in Granatelli's hands. He campaigned the cars with
little success. At the end of the season the innovative cars were left
obsolete when the sport's governing body (USAC) banned both turbine engines
and four wheel drive.
Featured is Parnelli Jones' Type 56, which has benefited from a ground up
restoration in recent years. It is in full running order, but it is no
longer fitted with the original turbine engine. This unique racer is
pictured here at the 2004 Eyes on Design exhibition held at the Edsel and
Eleanor Ford House.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010: Sir Jackie Stewart Driving the Lotus-Ford 38/1
During the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010, The Henry Ford debuted the
Lotus-Ford 38/1 post-restoration. This is a short video of Sir Jackie
Stewart driving the Lotus-Ford 38/1 away from the holding area and headed
for the Start line. For more information, please visit
http://www.thehenryford.org or http:/www.racinginamerica.com.
Vintage Racing - 1950s Indy Cars startup and race. LOUD!!!
Chris Ashworth records a series of 1950s Indy Cars at Michigan
International Speedway. This was a vintage racing event that was associated
with the Concours d'elegance of America, where these cars were on display
after this event.
This event was incredible! I got to wander in the pits and the garage area.
You will hear these cars starting up right from the tailpipes, and you will
see them driving on the track from the pits.
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