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Last month, I spent a glorious week of car shows, races and auctions, as well as the ridiculous number of remarkable cars flooding the area roads, surrounding the Pebble Beach show. Heading south from San Francisco, just north of Monterey, about eight identical McLarens passed me in a row. Incredible week.
Built by Chuck Tatum in his garage using Ford and Jaguar suspension pieces, and his own tubular frame, this Tatum Special was more than competitive. Surprisingly powered by a straight six GMC truck engine. Please read this short, interesting interview with Tatum. (Engine pic from link above.)
I stumbled upon this beautiful Fiat Trasformazione Stanguellini race car in a garage near the docks in Palermo. The garage owner gruffly dismissed me with a wave of his hand when I said I was from Texas. I was crestfallen that I would not be able get into his garage, but after a few moments, I meekly asked a mechanic if I could take a few pictures and he invited me inside. This car was completely covered and when I asked what was under the cover, the mechanic readily lifted the cover. I’d love to learn more about this car. Stanguellinis were highly engineered race cars that notched considerable racing successes. There is a Stanguellini museum in Modena, Italy.
I started my adventures in Rome and worked towards the south and was disappointed to find so few collector, or at least interesting, cars, but hit the jackpot at a dockside specialty shop in Palermo in Sicily. When I told the garage owner that I was from Texas, he gruffly turned away in apparent disgust. I stood at the entrance a few moments, looking at all the cars inside just out of my reach, but finally asked another mechanic if I could take a few pictures. Shockingly, I was given full access. Here is one of seven cars I photographed there, this one the most intriguing since I cannot identify it. The biggest hint, I suppose is the (fuzzy) Mille Miglia decal (the 2016 running is currently underway). Any ideas?