A while back, the extraordinary duo of Aaron Schuster and Ethan Shippert said they had some items soon-to-be enroute to KMPR to join our collection. Some stunning Gotti 73S wheels to give the proper period look for our All American Racers Eagle DGF arrived a few weeks later, and this past Friday, another package arrived.
Its contents included Gualter Salles' 1999 All American Racers suit in which he contested seven races for the pride of Santa Ana during its final season in CART competition. Its a unique suit in that it is not in the normal Castrol team colors of green, white and red for 1999, but blue and black.
Salles replaced Alex Barron mid-season, but was himself replaced by Raul Boesel and Andrea Montermini after his stint, which included an 11th-place finish at Detroit.
Salles actually raced for three teams during the 1999 season, including Payton/Coyne Racing, AAR, and Bettenhausen Racing, with his best finish of 10th coming aboard Bettenhausen's Reynard 98i / Mercedes IC108E at Surfer's Paradise.
As well, the Shippert Racing Services squadron sent a wicked vintage hoodie adorned with a bunch of early 1980s racing patches and even more SRS swag for the seasons to come. Way too cool.
The generosity displayed speaks volumes as to how much they care about the history of motor racing, and the genuine camaraderie that exists in our niche layer of the sport.
Top blokes- unreal actually. A ridiculous amount of thanks are in order!