Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Pre War Maserati
- Hi Marceus,
A friend just sent me this:
"Brown always referred to Griswold as his "angel." I am fairly certain that
Griswold bought the new Englebert tires it needed for racing in 1959-60. I
don't think Brown had enough money to
buy the Maserati back then but then I do not have any idea what a 1938 GP
Maserati was worth in 1959.
Brown had a late-model Alfa Guiletta Veloce as his daily driver."
Marcus Buzz wrote:
> Howard was a strange guy that had a small shop in Devon Pa or around there. He
> was a mechanic and race driver that was always in the thick of things. I do
> not recall what happened to the car but I remember he was a friend of Ray
> Heppenstall and George Wintersteen.and Rodger Penske. He was known as Brownee.
> Will play with my memory for awhile but hard to remember as this was in the
> early 60's. The Buzzman zoooooman along
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: "scshmoo@..." <scshmoo@...>
> To: Marlboro_Raceway@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 7:15:33 PM
> Subject: Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Pre War Maserati
> Hi MArcus,
> Great news.
> Can you tell me more about him?
> Do you know how he came to own the Maserati?
> How long did he keep it, where did it go? All the usual questions to track
> an obscure car.
> Many thanks.
> Marcus Buzz wrote:
> > I knew Howard Brown well as he prepared my 61 vette but not sure I have any
> > pics but will check. The Buzzman zoooooman along
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > From: "scshmoo@earthlink. net" <scshmoo@earthlink. net>
> > To: Marlboro <Marlboro_Raceway@ yahoogroups. com>
> > Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2008 8:50:31 PM
> > Subject: [Marlboro_Raceway] Pre War Maserati
> > Hi All,
> > Back around 1959 or 1960 in the summer a driver named Howard Brown raced at
> > Marlboro. He ran a 1937 or 38 Maserati GP car in a Formula
> > Libre race there. It was an inline six with a Rootes-type blower. It was
> > by Frank Griswold who lived outside of Philadelphia. Probably a 6CM.
> > Griswold had been active in ARCA before the war and won the last ARCA ever
> > race
> > at World's Fair site Flushing, NY with an Alfa P3 (sn 50007). Griswold also
> > won
> > the first Post War US sports car race at Watkins Glen, again with an Alfa.
> > Watkins he drove an 8C 2900B (sn 412035), now being restored by Jon Shirley.
> > It kept burning the electrodes off the spark plugs and would drop to five
> > cylinders. Eventually, at another race, it cracked the manifold between the
> > blower and the engine. When I first saw it,
> > it had four brand new Englebert racing tires (treaded) proper for its
> > Performance and sounds were great when it ran right.
> > A Howard M. Brown, Jr., with a Maserati entered by Frank T. Griswold, Jr.,
> > at the Seneca Cup of the Watkins Glen GP on September 25-26, 1959.
> > He was also there for the 1958 event.
> > Does anyone remember this car or have a photo (I can hope)?
> > Best wishes,
> > David
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