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READERS OF R&T back in the 1960s had to wait a year before its June 1968 issue was published with Henry N. Manney’s answers to his June 1967 R&T 20th Anniversary Quiz. Today, here are the answers to the six questions posed yesterday at SimanaitisSays, together with some of Henry’s comments from 1968 and an assessment of my own memory before I did some checking.

1. Name these two motorsports personalities.

Right off, I recognized Phil Hill and Denise McCluggage, rest their souls. Phil was the only American-born driver to win a World Drivers’ Championship, 1961; the other American winner, Mario Andretti, 1978, was born in Italy. Phil, 1927-2008, was a long-time contributor to R&T. Denise, 1927–2015, was a race driver, author, and automotive journalist. She and I had some jolly adventures.

2. What did the last Bugatti race car and first F1 Honda have in common? They both had mid-mounted transverse engines, unlike most others having longitudinal mounting, fore or aft. Henry noted that a lot of readers got this answer right, with one of them commenting that a fat lot of good it did either car.

The Bugatti Type 251 has appeared here at SimanaitisSays. The original Bugatti company ceased operation in 1952; stalwarts gave Formula 1 a try in 1956, when this single entry ran in only one race, the French Grand Prix at Reims.

Maurice Trintignant in the Bugatti Type 251 at the 1956 French Grand Prix at Reims.

Honda’s first appearance in Formula 1 came with its RA271 in 1964, just four years after the company expanded its motorcycle business to produce cars.

Ginther’s 1965 Mexican Grand Prix car, Honda’s inaugural win in a long line of successful F1 involvement. Image by Semnoz.

Success came soon: American driver Richie Ginther put his RA272 first at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix.

3. Who is this driver?

This cheroot-chomping go kart pilot is U.S.A.F General Curtis LeMay, who has made several appearances here at SimanaitisSays. “The General Gambols” shares a great R&T tale: In captioning this 1960 photo, R&T wrote, “We’d humbly suggest that the general should fasten his helmet….” A couple issues later, an airman who asked that his name be withheld wrote, “Apparently the author doesn’t know the general. That kart wouldn’t dare turn over with General LeMay aboard!”

LeMay received another citation here at SimanaitisSays in “Sports Car Racing—Thanks to Uncle Sam”. He offered the use of runways at Strategic Air Command (SAC) air bases for the Sports Car Club of America’s racing program. LeMay also played a silent role of inspiration in this website’s celebration of Dr. Strangelove. The movie’s Generals Jack D. Ripper and Buck Turgidson both display LeMay characteristics.

By the way, LeMay was also an Allard enthusiast.

4. What else is Jackie Stewart good at? Stewart, the “Flying Scot,” is three-time World Drivers’ Champion, 1969, 1971, and 1973, and a principal advocate of racing safety. He is also renowned for his skills in skeet shooting. Stewart won the British, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish skeet-shooting championships and twice won the Coupe de Nations European championship.

I knew this one because Innes Ireland, who had a knack for shooting as well, told me about Jackie’s prowess in the sport.

Innes participated in a charity shoot arranged by Stewart at Gleneagles resort. Image by Hank Hinton in R&T, June 1986.

As for Stewart’s other prowess, Henry noted that at least half the quiz entrants “suggested that we ask Mrs. Stewart.”

5. Why are these cars bent?

Distortion of this image is typical in old photos of moving objects. It’s caused by panning with focal-plane shutter at slow speed. Henry also asked for information about the drivers and noted a great answer: “They were two brilliant drivers with two stupid mechanics.”

6. Identify this guy taking a nap.

The guy taking a nap, no doubt well earned, is none other than journalist Henry N. Manney III, otherwise known as Yr. fthfl svrt.

Thanks, Henry, again, for your wisdom and wit. ds

© Dennis Simanaitis,, 2018

3 comments on “R&T 20TH + 51ST ANNIVERSARY ANSWERS

  1. carmacarcounselor
    June 28, 2018

    I was expecting to get thoroughly stumped. In my recollection these quizzes had more obscure references like the General LeMay I. D.
    Of course for me the Hill image was easy, as was my patron Denise. Gosh, I was so in awe of her talents on the track, behind a lens, and on the page that I never gave her credit for being such an stunner. There’s a great Jesse Alexander photo showing Phil in the pits at Le Mans with Olivier Gendebien, and Denise is crouching on the pit canopy above with her camera. What a pair it would be if I could have that one along with one of the images she was capturing at the time.
    The Stewart question was easy for another Stewart. I met him at Pebble Beach last year and probably annoyed him by asking why he was wearing a tartan that was not Stewart.
    I recently presented a Peer Training for the Pit Crew at the Petersen about our 1913 Mercer Raceabout subtitled “Riding Mechanics and Focal Plane Shutters.” The forward slant is more exaggerated the less you panned.
    And anyone who followed R&T back in the day knows yr fthfl srvnt. Along with Denise, Peter Egan, Phil, Rob Walker, yourself, et al, these are the people who make me blush when I describe myself as an automotive journalist.

    • Harry
      June 28, 2018

      Re: Denise being a “stunner,” did you ever see the Tom Burnside series of her, Moss, et. al. poolside during downtime at some race?

  2. Brian Paul Wiegand
    June 28, 2018

    That bit about the last Bugatti race car and first F1 Honda having transverse mid-engines, I wonder if they were trying to take advantage of the gyroscopic torque reaction to improve cornering performance…???

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