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Prepping Hap Sharp's Chaparral 2E for the 1966 Nassau Trophy race. This photo reveals lots of details in the 2E's configuration and construction. It was the far and away the most advanced racing car to be introduced in 1966. Eric della Faille photo.

Prepping Hap Sharp's Chaparral 2E for the 1966 Nassau Trophy race. This photo reveals lots of details in the 2E's configuration and construction. It was the far and away the most advanced racing car to be introduced in 1966. Eric della Faille photo.

This Karl Ludvigsen photo shows the open engine compartment of the Chaparral 2H as it appeared at Mid-Ohio in 1969. The narrow track of the car, combined with enormous tires prevented a normal rear suspension. Likewise, the lack of width required the exhaust to be routed to exist in front of the rear tires. In retrospect, Jim Hall stated that had the car had about a 4" wider track and a similar increase in wheel base, it may not have had the handling quirks it was plagued with.

This Karl Ludvigsen photo shows the open engine compartment of the Chaparral 2H as it appeared at Mid-Ohio in 1969. The narrow track of the car, combined with enormous tires prevented a normal rear suspension. Likewise, the lack of width required the exhaust to be routed to exist in front of the rear tires. In retrospect, Jim Hall stated that had the car had about a 4" wider track and a similar increase in wheel base, it may not have had the handling quirks it was plagued with.

Bridgehampton 1966 - Phil Hill and Jim Hall discussing the 2E on it's debut. At least they are close to the bathroom

Bridgehampton 1966 - Phil Hill and Jim Hall discussing the 2E on it's debut. At least they are close to the bathroom

1966 Mosport, Can-Am, Chaparral Cars with the Chaparral 2E nr66 (Hall) dnf. ©D.Friedman

1966 Mosport, Can-Am, Chaparral Cars with the Chaparral 2E nr66 (Hall) dnf. ©D.Friedman

At Nassau in 1965, the Chaparral 2C sits naked, stripped of all bodywork. During the race, the right front suspension failed, and the car went off, losing the right rear wheel as well. Damage to the tub was minor. Returned to Midland, the tub was repaired and rebuilt as the first Chaparral 2E, serial number 2E001. Eric della Faille photo.

At Nassau in 1965, the Chaparral 2C sits naked, stripped of all bodywork. During the race, the right front suspension failed, and the car went off, losing the right rear wheel as well. Damage to the tub was minor. Returned to Midland, the tub was repaired and rebuilt as the first Chaparral 2E, serial number 2E001. Eric della Faille photo.

John Surtees - McLaren M12 Chevrolet - Chaparral Cars - Inver House Can-Am Bridgehapmton - 1969 Canadian-American Challenge Cup, round 7

John Surtees - McLaren M12 Chevrolet - Chaparral Cars - Inver House Can-Am Bridgehapmton - 1969 Canadian-American Challenge Cup, round 7

From a frame of ABC Sports video, Hap Sharp steps into his pole winning Chaparral 2E during the Le Mans type start for the Nassau Trophy race. Unfortunately, the car's Chevy V8 was reluctant to start. With assistance from mechanic Franz Weis, Sharp finally got the engine running and began the race dead last, nearly a full lap behind the leaders. He would storm forward to 3rd place by the last lap, when a mechanical failure led to a spin and crash.

From a frame of ABC Sports video, Hap Sharp steps into his pole winning Chaparral 2E during the Le Mans type start for the Nassau Trophy race. Unfortunately, the car's Chevy V8 was reluctant to start. With assistance from mechanic Franz Weis, Sharp finally got the engine running and began the race dead last, nearly a full lap behind the leaders. He would storm forward to 3rd place by the last lap, when a mechanical failure led to a spin and crash.

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