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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1960
Numbers built:3
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:September 10, 2015
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Chassis: 002
The second chassis was used by Daigh throughout the 1960 season. In heavily modified form, he placed it 10th at Riverside, which was the team's only finish of the season. After the car was rendered obsolete for Grand Prix racing, Daigh fitted a three litre Offenhauser engine with a conventional valve-train. He entered the car in the first races of the new for 1961 'Intercontinental Formula' in England. He suffered a big accident at Silverstone, ending the car's contemporary racing career on the spot. All the bits that survived the crash were sent back to California.

The remains of chassis GP-2 were left in a warehouse until the mid-1980s when they were acquired by American Ali Lugo. He asked Dick Troutman, who had been deeply involved with the Scarab sports cars, to build him a new chassis. All the surviving bits, including the suspension, steering rack, radiator and fuel tanks, were bolted used to reconstruct the car. The crash had done much damage to the rear of the car but the nose section could be used again. Initially Lugo had a Chevrolet V8 fitted but discovered Daigh had the car's original engine still lying around. It was during the rebuild of this engine that Daigh discovered the mistakes that caused sophisticated Offenhauser 'four' to perform so poorly in period.

Lugo showed the car on both sides of the Atlantic on many occasions in both Chevrolet and Offenhauser configuration. The events the car appeared at included the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the Louis Vuitton Classic in both New York and Paris. It has since been sold by Lugo but is still in American hands.

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Last known location American Private Collection
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2011 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering

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