Starter Arnie Cane leaps in the air as he drops the green flag for the start of the under-1500cc modified race. Ken Miles in the silver RS Porsche took an early lead followed by Jack McAfee in the old and tired 550 Spyder owned by Stan Sugarman, and Frank Monise in his Lotus XI. Miles wrapped up Saturday’s 10-lap semi-main in his usual calm, gum-shewing fashion, over Monise (second) and McAfee (third).
When Ken pulled the same neat trick on Sunday he was disqualified for making an illegal pit stop. Some sort of business having to do with Ken accepting a drink while rolling by his pit. He was plenty burned when the trophy went to Jack McAfee. The latter drove a very good and fast pace, considering the car he was driving might have won a race two years ago. Everyone in the pits was wishing Jack could have an RS also.
The real battle , however, was between Harry Hanford in the OSCA and Frank Monise in his Lotus. Harry and Frank were both having their problems. First of all, Harry could not figure proper tire pressure for the OSCA as the car was new to him. As a result, he was skating for a solid hour and doing a masterful job of it as well. However, he could not skate it quite fast enough to catch Frank, and here is what was going on just four seconds in front of him: it was just plain hot, and in a Lotus this is quite enough trouble to cope with, but to top this off, Frank’s car was leaking a bit of oil, and the fumes were coming into the cockpit, nauseating him. Fighting off the sickness from the heat and fumes, Monise managed to hold third by just four seconds.
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