Phil Hill takes the revolutionary Chaparral 2E around Bridgehampton during its debut race in the 1966 Can-Am at the Long Island, N.Y. circuit.
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Telling about cannibalizing a pickup truck engine for his racecar, he said, “Any of you would have really enjoyed” that caper. And a grinning Jim Hall went on to explain that early in his career, when “I was already into the hot-rodding of race cars,” he built a Lister-Chevy with “all the hot stuff, Edelbrock manifold and Iskenderian cam and I ground out the heads and I thought, boy, this is gonna go.
“We went over to a little track in Hondo, Texas … got it off the trailer and got going and it was pretty quick, I was gettin’ around there about as quick as anybody. And on about the tenth lap the engine just went ka-pow!”
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