Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Tatum/Cluxton
- Cluxton and Tatum are just typical of the many characters in the sport ... or scoundrels.
That particular car would have been from the mid-late 60s.
Steve and all did the memories of Marlboro a real service in providing us a forum to spit out our bits of history, and some one needs to do a proper history of the track ... these tales are a good start, and many know them better than I. Yes, this incident was within a year of Bob backing into the Indy wall.
On 6/12/2013 3:13 PM, MIchael Ling wrote:Hi Bob. Interesting coments from you. I met Harley Cluxton at Monterey Historics, offered me the opporunity to sit in his 1972 (1973?) Ferrari 3 liter FIA prototype. It was number 27 I believe . Was it driven by Andretti and Ickx? I am not familiar with Ferrari provenance to be certain with any of the claims. I learned later that Harley from Scottsdale poured a fortune into his Renault Le Mans efforts. Soon he pretty much disappeared. About Bob Hurt and the ex-Sebring Ferrari, was this shortly before his paralyzing accident? Boy o boy, I sure can't tell Ferrari by their covers. Someone should chronicle these Ferrari tales and get them published.MichaelFrom: Bob <bstorck@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:17 AM
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An amazing number of truly legendary Ferraris went through Gordons hands, including many NART cars that didn't find buyers after Sebring, Nassau and Daytona. Pete Sherman wound up with a Tatum Lusso or two, and there were at least two ICE GTOs, a whole host of 250 and 330GTs and my 275GTB4.
Bob Hurt was one of Gordon's "clients" and I recall a flap when the ex-Andretti enduro winning car (330P?) showed up at Marlboro and the roll bar height rules had been changed. Hurt squawked about it being legal for Daytona or whatever, and the tech guys pointed out that Bob was 6" taller than Mario.
I believe that car wound up with a normal engine after Harvey Cluxton blew the race engine on the street, and putting that historic car back together involved some nasty lawsuits, and someone blowing up Harvey's helicopter.
On 6/12/2013 11:23 AM, MIchael Ling wrote:
Hi Sam, thanks for the update on Gordon Tatum. Of course at the time, in 1966, I was mesmerized by his GTO. At today's GTO money, it's hard to believe that Gordon was banging it around at SCCA regional races. I did wondered how much was Gordon's driving and how much was the car. I think Gordon did have more than a bit of talent. I also thought there was a bit of jealousy in the pit. I recalled that behind his back, his name was 'Tata', denoted his upperty mannerism. I was not awared of his dealings until when I enrolled in law school here in California, 1979. I was assigned to research on a case named "Maryland vs. Tatum". Sam, you can well imagined my shock to read the name Gordon Tatum on the complaint. It was a convoluted 3-party deal involved Gordon, a purchasing client, and Chinetti on a lightweight Ferrari Daytona. I somewhat dismissed the case as typical when dealing Chinetti. However some years later when I mentioned the case to a member within the Ferrari circle, the individual was not surprised, as evidently Gordon has acquired a less than stellar standing within the Ferrari circle. All rather tragic don't you think? With his God given talents, he would have gone FAR onhe right side of the law. I have seen this before, I attributed it to character flaw.May be you can help me on this one, Sam. In 1965-1966, Gordon mentored a kid named Koenigsberg. This wealthy rookie showed up at the Marlboro driver school with a Ferrai SWB. Not just any SWB, but one with Testa Rossa engine, with scooped 6 dual Webers. He lost it and the car went back to Italy and back into his hand. Well, at his first race back, he came up to Warren Shamlian while the cars lined up on the Bowl and told Warren that he is going to beat Warren ( in his Elva). I recalled that Koenigsberg was more thaa few rows behind Warren. When the flag fell, the kid did make a few brave moves, passed few cars while still on the bowl. Saddly, he flew off the bowl's drop off and lost it on landing, brought out scattered chaos onto the left side of the track. That was fortunate because the guards were on the right side. I have wondered whatever happened to both Kenigsberg and that very very special 250 SWB.MichaelFrom: mailto:Sam_Smith01@... mailto:Sam_Smith01@...
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Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7:31 AM
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Hi FolksFor those that did not know, Gordon Tatum, Jr. died February 9th, 2012 <born July 5th, 1940> -- Gordon suffered heat stroke in 2008 or 9 and was housed in a state sponsored nursing home. His family requested that Gordon not be contacted after his stroke -- a friend saw mention of Gordon's passing in a "Rodder's Journal" article that talked about his front engine dragster "The Surfer" and emailed me. Gordon was quite a character <sometimes a bad one> - I believe most would agree - he did "business" in Kensington as Internal Combustion Engines, later had shops in Shady Grove and near the Montgomery County Air Park. Gordon did bring many fine ex-factory Ferrari race cars to Marlboro and VIR when no one else did -- He had extraordinary examples of Ferraris and other exotic cars through his shop(s). I for one hope he found some piece at the endRegards,Sam Smith