The Library Muse
For those of you who may be wondering, I did not have any misadventures with giant muskies or northerns on my trip, so I still have all my fingers and no battle scars. But the bass were on the feed, both smallies and loud mouths. And the temperature was perfect, nice MG driving weather. As it has been all summer so far, except for a little more rain than usual. This month we have a book from my personal collection, a bio on Walt Hansgen.
Michael Argetsinger, 2006, 389 pages, photos, hard bound
Subtitled His life and the History of Post-War American Road racing. This is a long book but it covers his career in detail, with a full chronology of his racing record. Of special note to MGers is that one of his earliest races was at the 1952 12 hours of Sebring in a TD, finishing 10th overall. More importantly he drove a car owned by Kjell Qvalle, number 53, the MG Liquid Suspension Special at the 1964 Indy 500 (DNF) winning Rookie of the Year for his qualifying time. He returned in ’65 with the car and placed 14th.
Note: The July 2014 Driveline on page 19 has a photo of the car from the Indy Museum. The data card incorrectly (I believe) lists AJ Foyt as the driver. AJ won the ‘64 Indy, but he was driving a front engine roadster. It is possible that he did some practice laps in the MG. I checked this on the internet, so it must be true.