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.
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.
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.