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Don Lee, remarkable story, number of race cars his name on them

Above, The Romeo Tipo B or P3 Monoposto 50002 was the first genuine racing car in Grand Prix and it dominated the competition in the 1932 winning almost at will. Its appearance came at the Italian GP at on June 5.

It joined the Scuderia Alfa team in 1934 being sold to Count De in Spain and later to Frank in San Francisco. After running in the and 1940 Indianapolis 500 and coming in at the New York World’s Fair in the car was sold to Tommy Lee in Los Angeles. as the ‘Don Lee Special’ at the 1946 and Indy 500 it was driven by Hal Cole.

Above photo shows Chinetti watching the W154 worked on,


Below is the Mercedes-Benz entered by Don Lee at the 1947 Indianapolis it is chassis number 9, which WW2 was discovered in Czechoslovakia. This was the car which Lang had won the Coppa in 1938.

The car was sold to Don Lee, an racing team owner. 1938, the rules for the Indianapolis 500 modified to allow the European Prix cars to compete, and in Tommy Lee entered the W154 Duke Nalon as the driver.

discovered that Riley an Offenhauser mechanic, had obtained Mercedes engine blueprints. was able to make copies and these, the team was able to the engine. The mechanics started the but left it running on idle caused the fuel to condense in the manifold. Due to the engine being at an angle, the rear cylinders up with fuel, breaking the and one piston. A new piston was hastily cast in time for the race.

Although Nalon set the second qualifying speed, the qualifying meant that he would the race from 18th During the race, the replacement failed after 119 laps and the car had to from the race

Photo top one I took at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, from then Stefan Marjoram at the festival, and bottom photo I was sent by David

Now, the Don Lee had been a bicycle shop who became a protégé of Los Angeles businessman Earle C. Anthony, his Los Angeles radio station KHJ Los Angeles Times publisher Chandler in 1927.

Don was the exclusive west coast of Cadillac automobiles in the early century. In 1919 Don purchased the Automobile Works of Hollywood,

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Harley Earl, the son of the company’s was kept on as manager. Renamed Don Lee and Body Works, the company many custom designed for the rich and famous. Harley left the company to become the of General Motors styling in 1927

Having amassed a selling automobiles, Lee branched out in in 1926, purchased or built 12 stations, creating his own network, and such a power base he put his and antennas on a hill in Griffin Los Angeles. now became known as Lee.. just above the sign.

Don bought a 20-acre site on a top at the eastern boundary of Griffith widening the transmission field to take in new thousands of homes in the hills and the San Fernando Valley. The is one and a half times higher the top floor of the Empire State in New York. Mount Lee is thus the television location in the world. circa 1937)

Part of Lee was sold to Howard Hughes, who to erect an estate for his then love interest, Ginger

Frank Kurtis got started with automotive fabrication he was hired by Willet Brown and Lee to rework Don Lee Racing Team’s car bodies.

If you were living in back in the nineteen-oughts, he probably four-cylinder Cadillac speedsters through the countryside in those ballyhooed city to city that often headlined the pages from 1905 the WW1 era. Locally, team-Cadillac drivers, running under the Don Lee (Don Lee was California’s first and Cadillac distributor), were as as Barney Oldfield — who often competed against. Cadillacs regularly finished in the top Naturally, victory on the road and speedway circuit translated to success in the showroom.

Cadillac and California were for each other. Year-around weather coupled with attractions radiating in all directions led to road building early on. Don Lee was those who played a leadership in promoting State highway By 1916 the roads in Southern were being touted as the advanced in the nation. From the millionaires who wintered here at the of the century, to the subsequent flow of tourists who came to see the sights and up staying, Cadillac was the Southland’s luxury car. From the beginning, an estimated ten percent of production was allocated to California. Don Lee sales and service through a network of urban master with sub-dealers handling the and rural areas.

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