This kind of story is the reason why I am here. The Helms family is woven into the fabric of the Ferrari tapestry. Thank you for sharing their story.
Was there any info on how Shelby reacted to an engine and tranny missing from his place?
$20million sounds like a lot of money for a car that not many people know about, wasn’t driven by a famous driver, and didn’t race in any famous races. I think they’re off by a few million with their evaluation. It’s a sweet machine tho.
This reminds me of another famous race car my kids found rotting in a field. I was able to fix it up and get it shiny again. The darned thing could even float and fly!
Thanks for the clarification. Went to look it up but it doesn’t say where she went to (but apparently Internet isn’t big in the world of classic Ferrari’s). The shop website still lists her as technician.
Burn copies for PPW
Great story. With great internal stories. Well done. Looking forward to more.
Old race cars are the best, thanks for a good story.
OK finally got to read the story and wow this made my jaw drop:
Living close the British Midlands, and spending time with one or two of the female population, now that I read this it’s clear that I've been misusing the phrase, ‘Coventry Climax’...
Jenni: “Cam timing is my thing”
Meanwhile, Colin Chapman was pissed to find out that he had over-engineered the 19...
At the very least I think you should have a little branding catchphrase for your stuff so idiots like me can recognize it more easily, kinda like the Funbag or NFL Dick Joke Jambaroo or over on AVClub the excellent History of Violence and Age of Heroes essay series. I always click on those.
I enjoyed this article. He sounds like a really great guy.
Well told. I found myself captivated in this story about a car I’ve never heard of and people I don’t know (ok - Caroll Shelby excepted).
David, thank you for the most interesting article. It’s a joy to read this kind of content on Jalopnik and I hope there is more good stuff in the pipeline.
Yep, that’s the one. Thanks for the correction. Both great reads.
I’m going to be like 30 miles from this shop next week, I think I’ll make a little detour
Chuck is a hoot. I’ve worked with him a fair amount over the last three years, and it’s a GD miracle anything ever got done because every single conversation would turn to cars if other people weren’t around to keep us on topic.