P2 for Eagle DGF #005 today. The fresh motor started coming into form half way though and the Eagle caught the leaders in the FF/CF field with a lap to go.
A little more time and it could have made it a bit more interesting, but we're satisfied, as it was really the only clean session of the weekend.
On Saturday, we pulled off early due to changing weather conditions as we did not want to risk the car.
4th overall in FF/CF and 2nd in CF out of the 20 total that started on Sunday. The car also had fast lap of the FF/CF field by .1 of a second over the overall-winning Titan.
And you would not believe all the fans waving on the cool down lap...they know what's up. Eagle fans all around.
We didn't win any awards, but the prize of sharing the Thames and our borrowed Stanguellini package with the massive crowd in Elkhart Lake is something we will never forget!
Quite a few people who knew or met Pete Lovely during their lifetime stopped by, and there were also many who appreciated the time capsule feel of the Stanguellini riding atop the Thames.
The Thames is all set up at the track and ready for tonight's street car Concours d'Elegance on the streets of Elkhart Lake.
So we had bad luck for our first event of the year in May, hitting oil in the sketchy turn at Road America known as 'The Kink' meant our season took a bit of a detour as we rebuilt a lot of pieces to our 1977 All American Racers Eagle DGF #005.
So, we picked up a 'sponsor' we felt will mirror our climb back up the ladder.
Kelly Leak, eat your heart out.
Tonight we put the finishing touches on the former Fred Armbruster and Pete Lovely-owned 1958 Thames 800 that was used to transport the duo's Cooper-Ferrari to the 1960 United States Grand Prix, held at Riverside.
During its lifetime, the Thames also transported Ferraris, Loti, Coopers, loads of garbage (we have the receipts from the Tacoma, WA dump) and once, a Stanguellini FJ from the west coast distributor in San Francisco.
If you're planning on attending the WeatherTech® International Challenge with Brian Redman in Elkhart Lake, look for this wonderful machine at the Saturday night street car Concours d'elegance, where it will be shown with another amazing time capsule piece riding on the back, an unrestored 1959 Stanguellini FJ.
The duo, when paired together, give a distinct look of a team circling the globe for the past few decades looking for a place to be seen.
Luckily, for them, next Saturday night is almost here.
On this date in KMPR car history: June 26, 1977
Steve Krisiloff was classified 22nd in 1972 All American Racers Eagle #7225 at the Shaefer 500 at Pocono. The then-Art Sugai-owned #90 Eastside Cafe entry was sidelined after 32 laps with piston failure after starting 28th.
Meanwhile, Johnny Parsons managed 149 laps in 1972 All American Racers Eagle #7228 for then-owner Tassi Vatis. The modified #92 McIntire Chevrolet-sponsored machine had a piston let go, ending its efforts. Regardless, only eight cars were running at the end of the 200-lap affair, and Parsons was credited with an 11th-place finish after starting 19th.
[Hugh Baird Photo]
We've been very busy as of late, but since the IndyCar Series is in town, enjoy a slice from the first CART event at Road America back in September, 1982:
Bill Jameison's 1981 All American Racers Eagle #8101-Cosworth glides along the main straight in a wet practice session at the 1982 Road America 200 CART event with Chris Kneifel behind, er...above the wheel. 'CSK' actually had the car up to sixth in the session, as he had similar wet weather experiences at Road America in lower formula cars.
On race day, the #47 Metametrix-sponsored ride was sidelined after four laps with ignition issues. It was Kneifel's final ride aboard #8101.
In 2017, our 1977 All American Racers Eagle DGF #005 won the Monoposto Racing Club Ford championship.
But accomplishing such a feat was just the icing on the cake. We have the honor to showcase and preserve history every time we bring a car out. It is something we don't take lightly, but we do have a lot of fun in bringing the past to the present.
So today in Santa Ana, we presented our championship award to our constructor of choice, represented here by Justin and Danny Gurney.
We hope to add more to AAR's collection in the years to come.
Eagle DGF #005 will be sporting a new livery for 2018, slightly altered from the paint scheme it has carried since 1993. Paint and soon-to-be numbers courtesy of Paul Jay.