1950-6 Pebble Beach Sportscar Accidents

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1950-6 Pebble Beach Sportscar Accidents

Post by Jesper Hvid » 4 months ago

Saw an article about the auction including the restored Ernie McAfee fatally wrecked ultra-rare Ferrari 121LM, and I remembered a few unposted things, listed below. I'd like your comments/suggestions, please. Blue denotes info wanted.

Car as it looks now: http://ekstrabladet.dk/biler/bil_nyhede ... ue/6784056

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Racingsportscars' list of Pebble Beach races:

http://www.racingsportscars.com/track/a ... Beach.html

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Video #1: Trailer for the dvd Racing Through The Forest (which I haven't watched yet).



1:06-1:12 has a montage of wrecks (5, click to enlarge):

A. Image

A #20 Jaguar, possibly that of Fred Wacker. Only car of that brand and number among all the stats:

http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 04-19.html

It also appears in a short piece of footage in another video, see below.

B. Image

Jim Kimberly's wreck (broader version), in 1951, during the SCCA Pebble Beach Cup race: viewtopic.php?f=26&t=82&p=306481&hilit= ... le#p306481

http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 05-27.html

C. Image

The #95F MG, which situation also made the front page of the 1956 race programme, suggesting that it is a 1955-incident:

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The writing on the bonnet says ARGENTINA. Must be a clue.

D. Image

The #G/23, not necessarily retired after this episode.

E1+2. ImageImage

The big one, #3 car of Don Parkinson flips in 1953 SCCA sportscar race over-1500cc, possibly injuring the driver. I've seen the first one before, but not the aftermath: http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 04-19.html

1:14-1:16 + 1:25-1:28 Unknown Porsche and #12F Porsche spin. Probably did not result in retirements. Not very important.

1:28-1:32 Indirect mention made of the fatal accident of Ernie McAfee in 1956, a number of pics of which accident have appeared, over the years: viewtopic.php?f=26&t=82&p=275237&hilit= ... ie#p275237

http://motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=559

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Video #2: Teaser for the same Pebble Beach dvd.



3:31-3:36 An unknown wreck at the side of the road.

4:24-4:29 An unknown car at the side of the road, possibly wrecked (near fence).

4:46-5:01 Bill Pollack (they spelled his name wrong) mentions spectacular 1950 Allard-accident of Basil aka Bill Panzer (a German racer), i.e. in this race: http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 1-05a.html The following two wrecks shown in the video do not however have anything to do with that particular incident. I've opened a seperate request-topic for this one: viewtopic.php?f=44&p=318538#p318538

5:01-5:03 2 angles of the same wrecked Jaguar.

5:04-5:07 The #20 Jaguar also shown in the other video (where you can't make out the car number). Same suggestions apply, as to ID: Fred Wacker in 1953. The previous one may be from same event.

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Video #3: Amateur sportscar racing footage, including some from Pebble Beach.



4:13-4:58 The 1954 pile-up: http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 04-11.html. 1954 SCCA over-1500cc sportscar race, with 4 cars involved:

#13e of R. G. Gillespie
#15e of Nade Bourgeault
#38e of James Lowe
#83c of Jacques Bellesiles

Seems the order here is aftermath-accident-aftermath, so a chronological mistake was made, in the editing.

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4th source: http://racingthroughtheforestmovie.com/gallery

F. Image

J. K. Skivington's #110F, after hitting tree, in the 1954 SCCA under-1500cc sportscar race: http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 4-11a.html

G. Image

21c or -e, spinning the same spot (I think) as the above Porsches.

H. Image

Wreck of #180 possibly, it's difficult to see.

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That's all. Normally, I don't do batch IDs or requests. But add new PB-stuff to ID, if you like.

I'll see if I can get my hands on the full documentary.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 4 months ago

Now this is a bloody strange coincidence, but these two I just found (no bigger size available) were at worthpoint, on highlighted pages from an old racing photo album (auction closed), and they are apparently from the pile-up in the third of the above videos.

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Says "6 cars", but I'm unable to see more than four, and that's including any of the video angles. Fortunately, car numbers are visible on some, and this data ought to enable us to solve this. Car to the far right a #38e Frazer Nash, 2nd from left #15e, the one to the left of the Frazer Nash may be a Manning Spl., and so on. All leading to but one conclusion:

http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 04-11.html

The 1954 SCCA over-1500cc sportscar race. Lap one accident, eliminating several cars. Good enough for me.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 4 months ago

This is Dick Scott's accident in 1952 SCCA over-1500cc, in a #64 MG TD, ruling out that being the above item C, thought I had it for a while, there, click to enlarge:

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Post by Jesper Hvid » 4 months ago

Working with the theory that item C is from this race: http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 4-17c.html
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 4 months ago

Three further pics have been added to the original IDing post, all from the photo gallery at: http://racingthroughtheforestmovie.com/gallery
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 4 months ago

Re: item E1+2, this was Don Parkinson, in 1953 SCCA over-1500cc sportscar race.

http://www.ferrariexperts.com/SCCA%20re ... 53.htm#PEB <--- other angle in race review article.

Cropped, click to enlarge:

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http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 04-19.html

List revised.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 4 months ago

Suggestion for item F: http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 4-11a.html

1954, J. K. Skivington's #110 MG, group F?, hence "110F"? Retired due to accident.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 4 months ago

Suggestion for item D: http://www.racingsportscars.com/results ... 4-11a.html

1954, Al Koppel's #23 Osca, group G?, hence "23/G"? Retired due to lost wheel, possibly happening in connection with the accident.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 4 months ago

This review article helps specifying the 1954 pile-up: http://www.cliffreuter.com/etceteriniSC ... 54.htm#PEB

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Cropped, click to enlarge.

The 4 cars involved were:

#13e of R. G. Gillespie
#15e of Nade Bourgeault
#38e of James Lowe
#83c of Jacques Bellesiles

The article also confirms my suggestion as to item F.

Original list revised accordingly.
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