Wednesday, September 26, 2018

RETRO: Long Forgotten Race of Two Worlds

For which I've already missed posting this upon the 60th anniversary of both of its two incarnations...

Although I've missed the Anniversary of the second, and final Race of Two Worlds races contested sixty years ago this summer upon Monza, Italy's long abandoned Oval-track, contested on Sunday June 29, 1958; Momma Mia!

Nonetheless, as I'm raging thou own Race 'O 2 Worlds," aka moving somewheres' New after 21yrs Bliss at my former Domicile; but I digress...

Alas, I just wanted to try posting Something Quick regarding those long forgotten unique 500 miler' races Cheekily coined the Monzappolis',
pitting America's top Open Wheel Racers vs. the European Formula 1 lads' at le Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

For which I had the privilege of once briefly climbing the abandoned Banking, after our Grand Prix Tours Guest Host, a Chap by the name of Phil Hill had challenged our tour's group to try doing Wayback in the fall of 1999.

What's that? Y'all don't know what I'm talking about? As this short-lived two year experiment's format pitted 10 Yanks' vs. 10 Europeans, in hopes of promoting Oval racing Across thou Puddle between 1957-58.

Although the Formula 1 Fraternity skipped competing the first year, with three Ecurie Ecosse '57 Le Mans Jaguar D Types competing instead, having just won that year's 24 Heurs du Mans.

With a lone Privateer Ferrari and a lone Maserati 250F entered for "Works" Driver Jean Behra attending. As the Formula 1 Drivers protested the race on the grounds the Banked Oval was too Dangerous! Seeing a total of 15 competitors for the inaugural outing.

As the USAC Drivers ultimately included six Indy 500 winners. With the likes of Jimmy Bryan, Troy Ruttman, Roger Ward and some Cat known as 'Ol Supertex', aka Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr leading the way.

Although I subsequently noticed Johnny Parsons name upon the entry list. Along with Jim Rathman's.

While the Formula 1 fraternity showing up in '58 included threeF1 World Champions, led by the legendous' El Maestro', aka Juan Manuel Fangio, driving a "loaner" Dean Van Lines IndyCar. Plus Phil Hill and Mike Hawthorn.

Along with the luminous Sir Stirling Moss and Maurice Trintignant.
With the latter running the second USAC "loaner" brought along for F1 Drivers to use.

And American Formula 1 Pilotes' Harry Schell and Masten Gregory were also in the mix., with Gregory chauffeuring a Jaguar D Type.

As Thar were quite an assortment of machinery, with Ferrari entering two modified chassis, the 412 MI and the 296 MI. While Maserati built the Eldarado Ice Cream Special for Moss.

A lone Lister Storm Sports Car with a Jaguar D Type six cylinder lump' was given a roadster body of unpainted aluminum and fitted with USAC style "Flinstone" (Firestone) rubber out-back.

Tony Bettenhausen and Paul Russo piloted the two Novi's shipped to Europe following the 1957 Indy 500, with the majority of USAC's contingent racing Kurtis Kraft Roadsters. Although Watson Roadster's were included too.

Another chassis of note was the North American Racing Team's (NART) Ferrari 375 Indy roadster that attempted to qualify for the '52 Indy 500 being driven by the aforementioned Schell.

Yet after the second running, the Automobile Club of Milan cancelled the event on the basis it cost too much to Host, after both year's events were won by the visiting Americans...