Winkelmanns, or Palliser-Winkelmanns as they were sometimes called, were the product of Hugh Palliser Dibley, Len Wimhurst & Bob Winkelmann, with the letters WD representing Wimhurst & Dibley & the 'B' indicating it's a Formula B car. Prior to designing Winkelmanns, Wimhurst worked for Brabham (MRD) on the BT21s, among others. As a result, the BT21s & WDB2s have multiple similarities. The number '2' in WDB2 indicates it's a second generation FB car. Palliser produced about 150 cars ranging from FBs & FFs to SuperVees & even to F5000. They won the first Formula Atlantic Championship in England with Vern Schuppan driving. This WDB2 was originally restored in 2012 with no expense spared. The list is endless, but the build included: new fuel cell, rod ends, chassis straightening & strengthening, rebuilt FT200 by John Anderson, new Hasselgren & later Dave Vegher motor, new Bilsteins & virtually every component from fuel pump to gauges (principally Smiths) was either purchased new or fully restored if new units were unavailable. This car ran the Continental Series in 1970 & 1971 in the hands of Skip Adrian & continued to run all the way through the 1981 Long Beach GP Atlantic race when it ran with a BDD in it. Multiple SCCA Log Books are available & the entire race history of the car is known, from first owner, Carson Baird, to the present. In vintage racing this WDB2 has been raced on the West Coast at CSRG events at Sonoma & Thunderhill. It has never been damaged in any manner. The car has a Vegher motor in it with eight hours on it. The prior rebuild included a new modern block, new steel crank, new pistons, etc. Dyno sheets are available. Though the term "race ready" is loosely used, it definitely applies to this car. It's definitely ready to go.
Bob Winkelmann sold WD-B-2, chassis #4 to Carson Baird in 1969. Baird ran some races in the Continental Series for FA & FB cars, after which the car was sold to Skip Adrian, who ran the entire 1970 season with some success. After the 1970 season Skip only ran the occasional SCCA Regional or National races on the West Coast & some pro races before selling the car to Jimmy Santos. Santos modified the car with side radiators, wings & such & raced very successfully with it. The next owner, Dick Sasser, put a Hagemann aluminum Ferrari 312T inspired body on it & ran it as an Atlantic car. From Sasser the car was sold to Dave Drouin & then Don McGreevey before going into storage. The car has now been restored to original factory presentation.