1959/61 LaDawri Daytona Vintage Race Car – This historic race car was originally built in 1959 but later titled in Colorado as 1961. The car was constructed by Ralph Brunning of Colorado Springs, CO in 1959 to compete in road races and hill climbs in the area. Mr. Brunning was well known for his success in winning the modified stock class at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb a record eight times. This car was possibly used by Mr. Brunning for one or more of his Pikes Peak Class wins. LaDawri was one of the largest makers of fiberglass car bodies in the late 50’s and early 60’s and information about these cars can be found at www.ladawri.com At that site you can look under Al Hughes (not current owner) #390 for pictures and information about this car. The current engine is a 427 Ford side-oiler built and prepped by Valley Head Service (old line Southern California race engine builder) at a cost of over $20,000. Speedwell Engineering has built and installed a custom - vintage legal – front disk, rear drum braking system at a cost of nearly $7,000. The transmission is a Ford 4-speed top loader – also rebuilt by a race transmission shop. The rear end is a Ford 9 inch nodular with heavy duty bearings and TrueLock locker. Axels are custom 31 spline. It has an extensive array of new Auto Meter gauges, Halon fire protection system, Accu-sump pre-oiler, and 20 gallon Fuel Safe fuel cell. The wheels are 15” American Mags with Goodyear racing tires. The engine has been set back in the frame to produce a 45/55 % balance which allows the car to be driven hard into corners with no understeer. The car is currently set up and raced with VARA but also has 3 other race organization logbooks. The car can be made street legal with the addition of the 3” exhaust and 3” chambered Flow Master mufflers which are included with the sale but would need some reworking to attach to the current headers. This is a very significant vintage race car that is part of a private collection of vintage race cars and Pebble Beach winners in Malibu, CA The car shows nicely as a race prepped vintage race car but has the expected paint chips and scratches from being an actively campaigned car. The new engine has only 2 easy break-in sessions and is now ready for serious racing. There are early publications, pictures and documentation of the car running back to the 60’s along with a race-prep book that is included. Additional pictures and information available by request.
Constructed by Ralph Brunning in 1959 - Mr. Brunning won his class at Pikes Peak 8 times - possibly one or more times with this car. Actively road raced - logbooks from, 4 sanctioning bodies and print history back to the early 60's - significant race car from important driver/builder
Recent Competition History
Pikes Peak, Class wins with Vara and other organizations
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