the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. At the time I had no clue the car was Corvair powered, many years later when I found out , it was like a kid learning there
is no Santa Claus. By that time the Volkswagen infection was already firming burned into my mind.
Ted Trevor drove this Purple Meyers Manx and was teamed up with Don Wilcox also driving a Meyers Manx.
Here is a part of Don's story from that year:
In the summer of 1966, Ted and I wanted to do the Pikes Peak Hillclimb, so I got my USAC license, and Ted decided that we needed TWO cars - one for each of us. In typical Ted Trevor fashion, he built one for the race in the two weeks preceeding the event. This was the blue metalflake car - and it was built to be a race car from the beginning. The body was thinner and lighter, everything on the car was Koni or Porsche or built in Ted's shop. It was almost 200 pounds lighter than the purple car, and had every trick part Ted could dream up on it, including the very first steering brake set up that he built(It made a great limited skip rear end for Pikes Peak's gravel road!,) and it was turbocharged, also.
At Pikes Peak the car was met with a lot of laughter because they had no idea that we had been racing against some "real cars" out in California - where no one laughed at the dune buggys any more! Anyhow, things developed in a way that led to lots of disagreement and mis-information. We qualified at 6:03 something, which was the sort of time we had been running everyday in practice, and we were actually slightly disapointed in it. The furror that erupted when we qualified faster than all the sports cars, all the stock cars, and all but 4 of the Championship cars was a riot! All the "establishment" ranted on and on about how the timing could not possible be right, etc. etc.The complete story from Don can be read at the following link:
Don Wilcox 1966 Turbo Charged Corvair