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    Cunningham C4R 1952

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    Cunningham's factory was located near Morrison Airfield in West Palm Beach; the showroom was on Palm Beach. This picture was taken 50 years ago on Royal Palm Way, the location virtually unchanged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csl177 View Post
    Cunningham's factory was located near Morrison Airfield in West Palm Beach; the showroom was on Palm Beach. This picture was taken 50 years ago on Royal Palm Way, the location virtually unchanged.
    is it Briggs standing next to the car?
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    No, but it could be Phil Walters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csl177 View Post
    No, but it could be Phil Walters.
    I had to google for that, but yes, may be.
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    From the Collier collection displayed at this year's Classic Sports Sunday, the Palm Beach Cups at Mar a Lago. This is a separate event from Cavallino Concours... we entered our '67 911S in the preservation class. Will post more photos in an events thread. Cunningham was the featured marque. It was amazing to see such a large group of these remarkable automobiles.
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    Cunningham's announcement in 1951 of his intention to build an American contender for outright victory at the Le Mans race caused a stir on both continents. His team was already a favorite with the Le Mans fans, and the announcement demonstrated his commitment to fielding a winning team of American drivers and automobiles.

    One of the cars, the Chrysler-powered Cunningham C2-R built by The B. S. Cunningham Company of West Palm Beach, Florida and driven by Phil Walters and John Fitch, finished 18th out of 60 starters. The other, driven by George Rand and Fred Wacker Jr., failed to finish.

    In 1952 the C4-R of Briggs Cunningham and Bill Spear finished fourth overall at Le Mans.

    A C4-R won the 1953 Sebring 12 Hours. At Le Mans Walters and Fitch finished first in class and third overall with a C5-R, and the two other Team Cunningham cars finished seventh and tenth. They returned to take third and fifth place in 1954.

    These years were to be the high point of achievement for Cunningham-built cars at Le Mans. With victory unattained, the effort was described as a "gallant failure" by American journalist Ozzie Lyons. Later in 1954, a C4-R driven by Briggs Cunningham and Sherwood Johnston finished sixth in the Reims 12 Hour sports car race, behind three Jaguars and two Ferraris.

    Malcolm Sayer, designer of the Jaguar D-Type, noted after the 1954 Le Mans that the chassis frame of the C-4R had "no effective diagonal bracing. It therefore twists so much that the door cannot work if one rear wheel is jacked up", and that the bodies were designed "with no theoretical basis".

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