Chaparral Race Cars Are Special
There is no other explanation
 

Words & Photography by Gary Horrocks

They come from a special era in racing, a transitional time in the sport when technology and innovation were both embraced and encouraged. The white cars, developed in the desolate scrublands of Texas, caught the imagination of the fans in the ‘60s and to this day, the fascination has never quite gone away. Innovations were no stranger to this era, but looking back, it appears that Jim Hall and his gang at Chaparral were more than ahead of their time. They were pioneers in the development of many things that are taken for granted now - and many things that were subsequently banned.

While the results were not always as strong as I’m sure Jim would have liked, there was something about the spirit of innovation – the willingness to try something different that captured the imagination then, and continues to do so today.

Personally, after attending the Monterey Historics for the last few years, I wasn’t sure if I would make the trek again in 2005, as time has proved to be a precious commodity this year. But when I heard that Chaparrals would be featured, I knew I would be there, somehow. And I am more than glad that I made it. To see all of these legendary cars in person was quite an experience, but to me, the best experience of all was to see Jim Hall sitting in the cockpit of the legendary 2E, patiently sitting through an interview, waiting to take his favorite car out for a voyage back in time around Laguna Seca. He has never been that comfortable in the limelight, preferring to let his actions speak for themselves. It was fitting that the interview took place while he was in the car. To me, there was not much that could top that moment.

Jim, thanks for not being content with the ordinary. Thanks for pushing the envelope when you did and thanks for bringing these cars back to life for the weekend. It was something to behold.

Link to Dave Friedman's Chaparral images from the 1960s and '70s.

         
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Chaparral 1
 
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Chaparral 2
 
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2 Again
         
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2 - Ins & Outs
 
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2D
 
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Jim Hall & 2E
         
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2E
 
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2E
 
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Jim Hall Again
         
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Same Image Again
 
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2F
 
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2F
         
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2H
 
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2H
 
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2J
         
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2J
 
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2K
 

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Part of The Chaparral Compound
 
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Two Very Different Chaparrals - And Andy Hartwell!
 
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Vents & Louvres
         
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