Thursday, July 25, 2013
Chuck Daigh and the Troutman-Barnes Special
Back to the Santa Barbara races of September 1955. This is Chuck Daigh, in the Troutman-Barnes Special. Daigh finished in second place in the Sunday main event. Initially he was running in fourth spot behind Ernie McAfee, Phil Hill and Ken Miles.
The car is a slick piece of mid-50's engineering. It had a tube frame, independent front suspension, a live axle and transverse leaf springs in the rear, drilled and ducted Ford drum brakes and MG rack & pinion steering. The body was 9 aluminum panels attached to the frame with dzuz fasteners. It started life with a heavily modified Mercury flathead V-8 engine, but soon got an overhead valve V-8 from a Ford Thunderbird with Hilborn injection. It ran in Southern California races from 1954 through 1957 with a variety of drivers.