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1957 Ford Thunderbird

Posted by WindingRoad about 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting 1957 Ford Thunderbird

Carroll Shelby once said of Chuck Daigh "There are only two people I can think of who could sit down, take a welding torch, build their own chassis, go out to test it and then win races with it. They are Jack Brabham and Chuck Daigh. I put Chuck in the same category as Jack."

With his vast mechanical knowledge and extensive racing skills, engineering insights, and keen instincts extracting power from engines, Chuck Daigh was one of the most important figures of the Golden Age of Motorsports. But it was his legendary driving skills could take entire volumes to convey the extent of his reach from Grand Prix races to Daytona speed records, to qualifying on the Indy Brickyard, and perhaps most famously, as the celebrated driver behind Lance Reventlow’s Scarab. In many ways, Chuck was the embodiment of post-war sports car racing and a key figure in the growth of American Sports Car racing from its inception to the heyday and into the 1970s. And while his name is often grouped with the likes of Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren, and Phil Hill, Chuck set his own records, built his own cars, and won race after race with the fortitude and gentlemanly manner of a true champion. Up until his passing in 2008, Chuck remained involved with performance engines both for cars and Offshore Ocean Racing boats, applying his copious technical knowledge and mechanical wizardry to make powerful engines meet the demands of capable and daring drivers.

Among the many achievements of Chuck Daigh, in 1956 he set a Daytona Speed Week record for the fastest standing mile at 92.142 mph beating the Corvette driving his specially built 1956 T-Bird.

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