Today’s photograph comes courtesy of Eric Davison an acquaintance of Del Lee, the owner of the Allard J2 seen above.
Del Lee “was a car salesman and at one point he owned a used sports car dealership on Detroit’s Livernois Avenue”.
His Allard is seen, probably in 1952, being readied for an event which Eric describes as being run as a time trial with a Le Mans start and no spiked tyres allowed.
My efforts to find a result for the event have been unsuccessful but Bob Martin of the event organising club Detroit SCCA did send me a copy Open Exhaust April 1969, the club magazine, in which Dels car is mentioned by author Les Rutlidge inconnection with an event at Bridgehampton in May ’52.
Les also tells us that in June ’52 Del “blew two pistons while practicing for the Camp Dearborn Road Race” and that replacements of the correct size “could only be found in a Wisconsin built lawn mower !” Lee is reported to have purchased two such units removed their pistons and fitted them to the Cadillac motor which #J2123 was running at the time.
J2 #J2123 currently belongs to GALPOT contributor and todays GALPOT Birthday Boy John Aibel, I hope you will join me in wishing John a Happy Birthday.
My thanks to Eric Davison for his recollections and today’s photograph and to Bob Martin for the copy of the April 1969 Open Exhaust.
Thanks for joining me on this ice racing edition of ‘Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres’ I hope you will join me tomorrow when the eight day Automobiliart / GALPOT Seasonal Quiz get’s under way.
Don’t forget to come back now !
Automobiliart GALPOT Seasonal Quiz
Win a set of Paul Chenard Greetings Cards
Set 1 Sports & GT Cars
Set 2 Phil Hill World Drivers Championship 50th Anniversary Edition
Set 3 1934 Season
Set 4 Grand Prix Engines of the 1950’s
Set 5 Mike Hawthorn’s Race Cars
The Automobiliart GALPOT Seasonal Quiz will comprise 8 categories.
Overall winner chooses one set of Paul Chenard Greetings Cards from the five sets shown above.
The cards measure 15.24cm x 11.43cm, come in packs of 12 with 3 copies of 4 designs in each set, plus A6 envelopes.
Which set will you choose ?
The free to enter Automobiliart GALPOT Seasonal Quiz will run from December 26th – January 2nd Entries close January 8th 2012, Winner announced January 16th 2012.