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Ken Miles Car Salesman remembrance...
« on: September 26, 2021, 08:30:50 PM »
Near me is an Island in Lake Erie, South Bass Island, that is were Admiral Perry defeated the British in 1812.  In the 50's they ran small-bore car races in the streets. They now hold vintage car races at the airport, a buddy of mine raced there this past week and did well.

At any rate, there is a book out on the races held in the '50's and in it an interview of a "reporter" that drove from California to Ohio to cover the races one year - yes really!  And he bought the car (a Nardi Fiat 600 - again really!) from a salesman at North Hollywood Motors - KEN MILES!  Here is the portion regarding the "test drive" given by Miles...

I'm sure none of you will be surprised ;-)
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Re: Ken Miles Car Salesman remembrance...
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2021, 08:58:13 PM »
I wonder if they meant Von Neuman's Competition Motors in NoHo. It was the sports car go to place in the 50/60s

the Ken Miles-driven, John Von Neumann-owned Porsche-Cooper was the most successful Cooper on the U.S. West Coast. Even though its career was short, Miles achieved the ultimate grand slam. He won both an under-1,500-cc and over-1,500-cc main event in one day.

https://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/gallery/1960s-retail/

https://www.historicracing.com/driverDetail.cfm?driverID=2868
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Re: Ken Miles Car Salesman remembrance...
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2021, 11:01:09 PM »
FYI Its Angeles(not Angels) Crest Highway .Super fun road to drive a Shelby on 8)

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Re: Ken Miles Car Salesman remembrance...
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2021, 11:02:46 PM »
JD, another great thread on little know facts !

This is from the Art Evans "Ken Miles" book.

Mike

also from the Evan's book, MotoRacing Dec. 30th. 1955
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