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At 06:31 AM 9/3/2003 -0700, Dale Krumheuer wrote:
>Identified, didn't look like a Lister, tail was too short, not quite a
>birdcage, finally zoomed on the photo and saw the name Denny Larson, the
>search began; Interesting story follows and a link to the web sight
>A legend is born
>In 1953, Midland, Texas, oilmen Guy Mabee and his son, Joe, wanted to build
>a sports car that could reach 200 mph and double as a competitive road racer.
>They hired engine ace Ray Brown and fabrication wizard Denny Larson to build
>the street-legal automobile.
>A 1952 fiberglass Victress kit-car served as the body. Brown modified one of
>the first Chrysler Hemi engines.
>Larson crafted the frame from 3-inch chrome moly tubing. To help the
>1,800-pound car slow after reaching top speed, the the group modified
>Lincoln drum brakes with ideas found in Chuck Manning's articles in "Road
>At the 1953 Bonneville Nationals, using a fuel mixture of alcohol and
>nitrous oxide, Joe Mabee drove the car to a record 203.105 mph two-way
>Convinced of its speed, the Mabees painted the car red and white in 1954 and
>began to improve its handling and stopping ability for road racing. Carroll
>Shelby, a young but promising Texas driver, was brought in to race and
>develop the car.
>Shelby decided instead to race in Europe. Guy Mabee bought Shelby an Aston
>Martin and agreed to help finance the endeavor.
>Shelby set land-speed records at Bonneville in 1954 and would go on to win
>the 24-hours of LeMans in 1959.
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