23 January 2007
We received this news today (1/23/2007) from Vintage Motorsport magazine:
Photojournalist Peter Brock Injured at SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, Nevada
Photojournalist and Vintage Motorsport magazine contributor, Peter Brock was badly injured Saturday, January 20, while covering the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge event in the Nevada desert.
Brock was photographing on a section of the course when an out-of-control 1600-class open-wheel desert racer left the course and struck him from behind, throwing him about 30 feet. He suffered a badly broken leg, including his femur and ankle and numerous bruises. Medical personnel on site immediately rendered aid and transported him to a nearby hospital, after which he was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for surgery.
Brock is in very good spirits despite his injuries and knows that it will take some time to get his leg back in shape. His wife Gayle, who accompanies him to all the races and who is also a photographer, has been with him since the accident. He's now recuperating at his Washington state home.
Although Brock is widely known and respected today for his work as a photojournalist covering races around the world, he is also known as the designer of the world-famous Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe back in 1963, a car (six were built) that went on to beat Ferrari for the World Manufacturers Championship in 1965. He is also the designer of the current Brock Superformance Coupe.
All of us at Vintage Motorsport (and, I might add, at CobraCountry) wish our good friend and colleague the speediest of recovery.
graphic above is hotlinked
to photo coverage of TCC's
As I penned many years ago, the Winchester '73 may indeed have earned the accolade The Gun that Won the West, but it was those small-block Cobra roadsters and their sleeker/faster siblings, the immortal Cobra coupes--sculpted by Peter Brock--that in 1965 earned legend status as "The cars that snatched the chequered flags from Ferrari and won The World Manufacturers Championship."
This R&T ("Sports & GT Cars 2006") special issue treats you to six full pages (pp. 88-93) on Superformance's Brock Coupe. It's a certifiably eye-popping performance test and occupant-friendliness appraisal that concludes with this atypical rave: "... (The Brock Coupe's) performance challenges the fastest contemporary sports cars, while its ageless design stands alone."
a peek into R&T's performance-test results:
Don't miss it, Coupe fans! It's already on the newsstands (January 2006), and is scheduled remain there until sometime in February (probably only until this "Sports & GT Cars" special-issue sells out).
details about the latest maneuvers in the Shelby/Ford/
Little Guy Lays Siege
Remote hotlink to Patrick Bedard's June 1995 Car and Driver magazine commentary about about Curt Scott's relentless exposing of Florida kit car telemarketer's business practices and product quality. Courtesy of Car and Driver magazine and Bob Putnam at Era Replica Automobiles.
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If you happen to view the movie "Titanic" again, look closely at those big polished-brass ship's gauges (you can see them close-up after the ship encounters the fateful iceberg on Sunday April 14, 1912). They're Smiths Instruments!
Every August brings us another anniversary of the death of racing icon (and legendary Shelby American Team Driver) Ken Miles, who served in the British Army Tank Corps in WWII, raced motorcycles in his spare time and came to America in 1952 to play a major role in introducing road racing (MGs, Porsches and eventually Shelby Cobras) to North America. Ken was killed in a freak accident at Riverside Raceway on Wednesday August 17, 1966.
a splendid bio about Ken (hotlink),
Hitler Smiley Faces
Humour: The Keyboard-Charakter Corporal... hotlink...
you might read in 50 years.
Ten (humourous) quotes