They Started in MGs

Profiles of Sports Car Racers of the 1950s


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About the Book

An affordable, lightweight sports car suitable for racing, the MG TC launched the sports car scene in postwar America. A wave of drivers first competed on the track in these and the later TD, TF and MGA models during the 1950s, many of them eventually moving up to Porsches, Alfa Romeos, Jaguars and Ferraris. Eighty such drivers, from the famous (e.g., Phil Hill, John Fitch, David E. Davis, Jr.) to lesser known men and women with equally vivid stories, are profiled in this book, which presents many of their recollections from firsthand interviews alongside a wealth of period photographs.

About the Author(s)

Carl Goodwin has written for Vintage Motorsport, Vintage Racecar, Classic Motorsports, Classic MG, 356 Registry, Forza and other periodicals, plus the Italian car web site Veloce Today. He has earned the Carl Benz Award from the Society of Automotive Historians four times and won numerous golds, silvers and bronzes presented by the International Automotive Media Awards. He lives in Novelty, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Carl Goodwin
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 291
Bibliographic Info: 278 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6052-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8624-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Foreword: Adventures in MGs by John Fitch      1

Preface      5


Fred Allen      7

Cameron Argetsinger      9

S.H. Arnolt      13

David Ash      16

Bob Ballenger      19

Hank Becker      25

John Gordon Benett      31

John Bentley      33

Art and Dutch Brow      37

Hubert Brundage      39

Ralph Cadwallader      42

Jim and Sally Carroll      43

Sam Collier, Miles Collier      46

Harry Constant      49

Denver Cornett      52

Tom Countryman      54

Briggs Cunningham      59

David E. Davis Jr.      65

Bob Dickens      71

Chuck Dietrich      73

Suzy Dietrich      76

Frank Dominianni      80

Bob Donner      83

Ralph Durbin      87

Fred Egloff      91

Gus Ehrman      96

Charlie Ellmers      100

Bob Fergus      103

John Fitch      105

The Funny Face Auto Racing Team      108

Richie Ginther      111

Cal Gleason      113

Isabelle Haskell      117

Chuck Hassan      121

Chuck Henry      126

Phil Hill      130

Bob Holbert      133

Ed Hugus      137

Dick Irish      140

Rowland Keith      145

LeRoy Kramer Jr.      148

Haig Ksayian      150

Bob Larson      153

Ed Licht      158

Otto Linton      163

Bill Lloyd      167

Bob Lossman      168

Karl Ludvigsen      171

Ebby Lunken      177

Sandy MacArthur      184

Henry Manney III      188

Don Marsh      190

Jack McAfee      192

Steve McQueen      195

Ken Miles      199

Bill Milliken      202

Charles Moran      206

Al Moss      209

Alan Patterson      211

Bill Pollack      213

Bob Said      217

Art Seyler      220

Bob Shea      222

Carroll Shelby      229

Bill Staufer      232

Bruce Stevenson      235

Chuck Stoddard      238

John Tame      241

Dick Thompson      244

Lake Underwood      247

George Valentine      249

Bill Victor      252

John von Neumann      254

Fred Wacker      257

Harley Watts      260

Herb Whiting      264

Bill Wonder      266

Doc and Peggy Wyllie      270

Sherrie Zuckert      273

Bibliography      275

Index      279

Book Reviews & Awards

“Goodwin has written an enjoyable book and he is thoroughly knowledgeable of the subject and a skilled author”—The Automotive Chronicles; “masterpiece”—“Goodwin obviously put in a lot of one-on-one interview time and legwork writing this book, and it pays off in a big way, making this book worth owning”—SpeedReaders; “a very interesting and readable book…with the author’s excellent interviewing skills…Goodwin is an accomplished writer and never bores the reader. His accuracy is quite good…this is really a very important book as it brings to light a great deal of information that has not been made available before”—The Sacred Octagon.