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Tony Condon
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Hi Howard
That beast was at goodwood last year and my son who is a race mechanic said it was the most dangerous car he had ever seem ,and while i appreciate the lateral thinking that went into it from smokey yunnick (apparently no less a luminary than colin chapman paid a lot of attention to it ) it is S^8t your pants scary
That thing the driver sits in seemed no more than a bucket seat screwed to the side of the car ,any side impact and you are brown bread
i think the guy who drove it was bobby johns ,he must have had nads like coconuts

cheers tony
 

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I wonder what washing powder his missus used on his shirt and trousers ....... must have been jolly good
 

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It was Bobby Johns. He was Clark's teammate in 65 in the second Lotus at Indy - some think he was chosen because was the same size as Clark and if Jimmy had trouble he could replace him - he finished 7th at the 500 after a really bad pit stop. He had two NASCRAP victories and two top ten finishes at Indy.
 

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Most dangerous Indy car maybe but Super Karts used to do 150 mph and the driver is sat in a plastic bucket with his a*** about 1 1/2' of the ground. IOM TT side cars are about the same.

I thin it is a brilliant piece of lateral thinking as has been said.
 

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In Naples, there's a popular tradition of divining dreams in order to get the 'winning numbers' for the lottery (lotto). The reference book is called 'La smorfia'.
In the picture, Bobby Johns drives car n.47. In the above said 'book of dreams', 47 is 'the dead'...
 

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Oh, for the days when all cars didn't look alike...

Not that a lot of these oddballs actually qualified for the race or anything, but they still added a certain je ne sais quoi to the proceedings!

Thanks for digging this one up Howard!

Don

PS: a couple years ago, Chuck found me a book on something like 100 unusual cars at Indy, and it had a bunch of great ones!
 
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