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Wings for racecar downforce in 1959
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a425couple
2019-04-21 02:25:20 UTC
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1959 - Columbus Motor Speedway - First Winged Racecar

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1959 - Columbus Motor Speedway - First Winged Racecar - Columbus, OH

This 1959 footage from Columbus Motor Speedway depicts a handful of
Winged race cars including the first race car to EVER utilize an
inverted airfoil to increase downforce along with cornering speed. The
white #910 was driven by the legendary Jim Cushman who debuted it at the
central Ohio oval in 1958. By the time the footage was shot in the fall
of 1959, the famous #910 was joined by several Winged Cars. Winner of
this season championship contest was another legend; Jack Bowsher.
Thanks to Tiny Snider for this great footage.
Mark Jackson
2019-04-21 03:34:31 UTC
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1959 - Columbus Motor Speedway - First Winged Racecar - Columbus, OH
Michael May, Porsche 550, 1956:

http://type550.com/racing/drivers/michel-may/
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a425couple
2019-04-21 23:18:40 UTC
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1959 - Columbus Motor Speedway - First Winged Racecar - Columbus, OH
http://type550.com/racing/drivers/michel-may/
Very interesting.
Thank you for that.

May 1956
"When May’s car proved faster than The Werks Porsches, Porsche
racing boss, Huschke von Hanstein lodged a protest for the wing
to be banned, under the pretext that it was unsafe and obscured
the vision of following drivers and threatened to pull all four
Werks cars from the race. The officials backed down under the
influence of Porsche, banning the modification."

So, sounds like it was a Steward's decision. Never
written, but nobody else challenged it or tried it,
until Ferrari in F1 tried it some at Belgium in 1968.
a425couple
2019-04-22 03:40:51 UTC
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1959 - Columbus Motor Speedway - First Winged Racecar - Columbus, OH
http://type550.com/racing/drivers/michel-may/
Very interesting.
Thank you for that.
May 1956
"When May’s car proved faster than The Werks Porsches, Porsche
racing boss, Huschke von Hanstein lodged a protest for the wing
to be banned, under the pretext that it was unsafe and obscured
the vision of following drivers and threatened to pull all four
Werks cars from the race. The officials backed down under the
influence of Porsche, banning the modification."
So, sounds like it was a Steward's decision.  Never
written, but nobody else challenged it or tried it,
until Ferrari in F1 tried it some at Belgium in 1968.
Also by then they had plenty of chances to see the well functioning
wings on Jim Hall's Chaparral 2F that competed in the 1967
Worlds Sports Car Championship and won at Brands Hatch 500 km.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaparral_Cars

https://thejudge13.com/2014/02/13/f1-history-1969-high-wings-banned/

https://www.google.com/search?biw=1904&bih=920&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=TzW9XMbdAsyEtQX0m53QCw&q=Nurenburgring+1000km+1967&oq=Nurenburgring+1000km+1967&gs_l=img.3...24041.28069..29708...0.0..0.111.705.4j3......1....1..gws-wiz-img.CUI13SplJ4A#imgrc=VNw9MtnhTO394M:
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2019-04-22 01:16:02 UTC
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1959 - Columbus Motor Speedway - First Winged Racecar - Columbus, OH
http://type550.com/racing/drivers/michel-may/
Yep. Facebook fake news strikes again, wise decision to remove the link.

(OMG, just removed a heap of crossposting! It's like peeps want usenet to be
facebook. Which begs a question...)
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