Howie Wold is a really neat guy who has been a huge help in getting me information and documentation on Peyote. He knows more about the car than I do. He’s done a lot of work just for the love of the sport. He sent me an email today telling me that not only might there be photos of the original Peyote MkI but there might even be video of it. By way of explanation, my Peyote is actually MkII–the same car, they junked the first body because it was just too ugly and built a “pretty” version. Anyone who seen Peyote has to worry a bit about the ugly version–how ugly can this thing be? Will looking at a picture turn us to stone. Will we have to claw our own eyes out?
Here’s Howie’s good news, edited a bit:
<<Come with me now to those days of old – as we tune into the track announcer at Road America, at the close of it’s 1st ever pro-race, the 50 lap, 200 mile USAC race on July 30, 1960 –
“And here he comes, folks – winning $20 by finishing 26th overall, 10 place in Emod, the car #35 – Peyote Special entered by Import Car Service of Minneapolis, MN, driven by W. E. Aldrich-Ames.”
I have a number of friends assisting in finding early Peyote race info. A WI gent reports finding the above (facts, at least) in the August ’60 SCCA “Sports Car” mag. He reports – “The finish is somewhat misleading because he was actually the last car running. There was a very stong field of Maseratis, Ferraris, Porsches and Chevy powered entries and was won by Jim Jeffords in a Birdcage. He won $3,500. Bob Holbert won under 2 liters in a Porsche RSK.
Now it gets interesting! That was Peyote MarkI! AND, I believe, we have VIDEO FOOTAGE! It’s in the DVDs I sent you a couple of years ago!
Go to DVD #1A segment 6. About 3 1/2 minutes in – look for dark car #35 – heading left to right. PEYOTE MARK I !!!!! Also – same DVD #1A, segment 3, Sioux Falls, SD, ’59. Ames driving the Peyote “donor” car number#15.
So, we’ve got track VIDEO of the donor car, plus MarkI & MarkII (soon as I get a copy of the ’62 [’63?] RA pit stop segment of MarkII to you.
As soon as I get back to Portland I’ll dig the DVDs out and put the footage I find on this blog. Pretty amazing that there is surviving video of this nondescript little car from nearly fifty years ago!