Revolution in Racing

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The exhibit of “Revolution in Racing” at the California Oil Museum has been extended through Sunday, December 19, 2004, because of its popularity with visitors and car clubs. The exhibition features Formula racing cars and motorcycles from the golden age of British Grand Prix motor racing in the 1950’s and 1960’s. This was the era of some of the most famous names in racing, like Sir Jack Brabham, John Surtees, Graham Hill, and Jim Clark. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a championship 1956 Cooper Formula I Bobtail, only one of five in the U.S. The Bobtail is displayed with a 1962 open-wheel Cooper Formula Jr and a rare 1963 British Lola Formula II racer. Homage is paid to John Cooper’s landmark creation, the Mini Cooper, in a fully restored 1964 Mini Cooper Rally on the exhibit floor. The exhibit details the full scope of British Formula racing in this era with two championship British Formula racing motorcycles: a 1952 Norton Manx and a 1960 Matchless G-50. The exhibit also features a collection of photos autographed by the winners of the early Indy 500’s.

Having not attended this particular event, I really don’t know how good it really is, but it still sounds interesting nonetheless. If you have been, let the rest of us know what you thought and leave a comment!

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2 replies on “Revolution in Racing”

  1. it was a fun exhibit. i’ll admit, i was there to see the Cooper S, but that was worth it alone. it’s an interesting little museum in it’s own right, and santa paula is a nice place to spend a day.

  2. It’s a fun exhibit (though I, frankly, went to see the ’64 Cooper S, which was worth all of my time alone). It’s an interesting little museum in its own right and Santa Paula is a nice place to spend a few hours.

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