RRDC Evening with Jim Hall—Introduction by Sam Posey / Interview with Bobby Rahal. A personal hero. Chaparral cars were an inspiration to many designers, including myself.
I traveled to Stardust International Raceway outside of Las Vegas in November, 1968 for the CanAm race. Armed with my Uncle’s hand-me-down Super 8mm movie camera, I’d wander the circuit looking for the best locations for shooting I could access as a spectator. (See a post of an edited version of all of the movies I shot over the years). I ran out of film later in the race, and had to be content with following the Chaparral around the course with binoculars. Other cars would disappear behind obstacles, but I could keep track of the Chaparral because of the high wing. I was shocked and sickened when I witnessed the Chaparral launch itself over the top of Lothar Motschenbacher’s red McLaren.
Petroleum Museum Gallery
In 2005 I had the opportunity to visit the Chaparral Exhibit at the Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas. It’s well worth a visit, hollowed ground for Chaparral enthusiasts.
Photos by Gary D. Smith