Above, at the ARRC practice session at Daytona, November, 1969.
"I was doing quite well at an IMSA Under-2-Liter sedan race, at a 1/2 mile banked oval track in Montgomery, Alabama, until the left rear wheel bearing pulled out, resulting in loss of tire/wheel/brake drum/axle from the inside rear (we were turning left all day, you see). Since my Lotus Cortina had a limited-slip differential, it kept putting power to the other wheel, and with the left turning and the banked turns, I didn't know immediately that I was driving a tricycle. My friends took slides of me passing between two 1.3 liter Mini-Coopers, as the wheel/axle bounced high into the air. I could kick myself for losing track of those slides, but I'll find them someday, and send copies to you."
"While racing the Lotus Cortina at another IMSA Under-2-Liter sedan race at Talladega, Alabama, I placed fourth of a 22 car field notwithstanding total loss of brakes and a shattered windshield. One of the cars I was lapping went off course into the infield. The driver of that car, a relatively stock pushrod Cortina sedan, was Bill France, who owned the place."
"The newspaper article (pictured above) of that 1969 Talladega race event got me an invitation to co-drive a Z-28 Camaro which Preston Hood Chevrolet (Fort Walton Beach, Florida) had been running in Trans-Am races. They wanted to run the 24-Hour Daytona FIA enduro and the 12-Hour Sebring FIA Enduro in 1970 & 1971, and needed a sedan-racer co-driver. They didn't have to twist my arm very much at all."
In 1971, my company transferred me to England. The ad listing above ran in Competition Press & AutoWeek magazine, now-a-days just called "AutoWeek". Who wouldn't want that car now for a price of $3,250! Hard to believe there were no takers back then. So I sold the Lotus Cortina engine to a Formula B racer from Las Vegas, Nevada, and then sold the rolling chassis to Robert Winkelmann racing in California. Now seeing what is happening in vintage racing, I've kicked myself a hundred times for selling that Lotus Cortina back in 1971. Arrrrggggghhhh!!!!!"
"I'd love to find out what happened to it and to its sister cars."
Arlington, Texas USA
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