1966 Cooper T82 news, pictures, and information
|Chassis Num: F2-2-66|
The car was returned to the Cooper factory at the end of the year and sold to an American owner/driver, Tom Jones, who wanted an F1 car. The factory converted chassis F2/2/66 to pre-65 F1 specifications by the fitting of a 1.5-liter Climax V8 and Colotti T34 six-speed gearbox. The conversion required some major surgery to the rear end to house the Climax V8 and the Colotti gearbox.
The car was entered in the 1967 Canadian GP but failed to qualify. The car was eventually sold, sans engine, to Rick Kolher of Ohio. Rick ran the car in FB events with a BMW engine.
The rolling chassis was purchased from Fort Lauderdale in 1993, and brought back to the UK for restoration and reuniting with its BRM engine by the current owner, in order to restore the chassis to correct 66 F2 form. The restored car still retains some of its F1 features: 1-inch wider wheels, up to four fuel tanks and LH gear change shaft guides. The car is campaigned regularly in the UK and Europe at historic events by owner/mechanic/driver Paul Busby.
|Chassis Num: F2-1-66|
Fred Opert sold the car to Lynn Beaumont, of the Lone Star Region SCCA, in September 1967. Lynn promptly retired his DeTomaso to race the Cooper in the American Road Race of Champions in that November, placing third. Lynn and the car were very successful clinching the SCCA SW Division in 1968.
Since the car was acquired by its current owner in 1981, it has remained as original except for the color, originally British Racing Green in 1966/1967 and Metallic Blue from 1968-1981.
Also this car's sister chassis, owned by Paul Busby of England, equipped with the BRM engine, is also here. The last time these two chassis competed was in Daytona in 1967.
|1961 Monaco Grand Prix: Outdueled by a Legend|
|Powering his way around Tabac, Richie Ginther would find that his time had run out. He had doggedly fought and wrestled his way around the tight, twisty streets of Monaco in pursuit of Moss. The British veteran had an answer for everything but it required perhaps the best drive of his life to hold off the undersized American. Paul Richard 'Richie' Ginther started out his career in racing as a mechanic and preparer of racing cars. One of his friends and customers would be the great Phil Hill. ...[Read more...]|
|1965 Mexico Grand Prix: Ginther Finally Gets It!|
|Richie Ginther had come so close so many times in the past but had always been outshone by someone else for victory. Now with the new Honda Team, it seemed anybody other than Ginther would win. But all of that would change on the 24th of October, 1965. Ginther's debut in Formula One would be rather impressive. Following two 6th place finishes in his first World Championship events, he would start the 1960 Italian Grand Prix from the middle of the front row and would follow his Ferrari teammat...[Read more...]|
|DAN GURNEY JOINS 'THE AMELIA'S' FORD GT40 SEMINAR|
|Le Mans winner Dan Gurney, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance's 2002 Honorary Chairman, returns to 'The Amelia' to join a panel of international racing celebrities and experts honoring the 50th anniversary of Ford's game-changing GT40 prototype. Gurney won just one race for the Carroll Shelby-led Ford GT40 team, but it was the race that mattered most: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gurney's victory in the 1967 edition of the fabled Le Mans 24 Hour endurance classic has become the stuff of legen...[Read more...]|
|1962 Monaco Grand Prix: McLaren Carries the Cooper Flag back to the Top|
|By the beginning of the 1962 Formula One season Jack Brabham had left Cooper to form his own racing team. It seemed the glories days of the double World Championship were well and truly behind them. However, left in Brabham's stead would be a man very akin to the Australian in so many ways. And in Bruce McLaren, Cooper had a driver and competitor more than apt to help carry the team forward into the future. The first race of the 1962 season, the Grand Prix of the Netherlands, certainly didn't...[Read more...]|
|Ferrari Club Of America-Southwest Region Hosts International Meet In Palm Springs|
|50TH Anniversary of 250GT Enraptures Spirt of Ferrari with More than 150 Ferrari Vehicles to be Displayed The Ferrari Club of America International Meet will return to Southern California for the first time since 2002, to be held from October 10th to 14th in the Palm Springs desert playground. With Southern California being home to the largest concentration of Ferrari owners in the country, the 2012 FCA International Meet promises to be a spectacular event. The luxurious Hyatt Regency ...[Read more...]|
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