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  • #31
    Ryles,

    Cool, yep. One only. See book.

    Steve Heinrichs

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    • #32
      I received the below email and picture today:


      My name is Gary C., an avid fan of Vineland Speedway, NJ SCCA racing 1958-66. I'm familiar with local heroes Bob Holbert, Bruce Jennings, John Kelly, from the period.

      This fall I came upon photos from 1962 and 1963 regional races, and in sorting saw this unusual Porsche RS. The slide was dated June 30, 1963.
      My programs listed Bernie Vibe(sic) driving #14em. Research found its not Holbert driving (busy elsewhere) and possibly Bernhard Viehl, who had a Porsche connection, but no records at Vineland.


      Further digging located your site and contact info, sorry if it is "old hat" to you Porsche guys, but no one locally remembers the car. I was quite pleased to see a similar car and corroborating info, dates, Limerock, Holbert, and then Bernie Veil mentioned on your ABCGT website forum, 4-cam section, RS "Anteater" Its funny, I started by questioning locals with the description "platypus" nose, and that term was also used by some online.


      Since I'm not a member, I could not post this photo. You may, if interested still.
      I'm sending to the only email addresses I could glean, if you would forward to Steve Heinrichs and vhelme (researcher) and Chris Smith. God bless the internet!


      Thank you for your time and interest.

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      trevorcgates@gmail.com
      Engine # P66909... are you out there
      Fun 356 events in SoCal = http://356club.org/

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      • #33
        Thanks for posting this Trevor.
        I just looking back through this thread and with the historical details that Steve and Gerry provided both of whom have sinced passed it really makes one realize just how much history is being lost. As Gary said "God bless the internet" for sharing and preserving as much of it was we can. So my thanks and gratitude to guys like Gary for all that they do. Welcome once again.
        Justin
        Justin Rio

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        • #34
          http://www.sportscardigest.com/hmsa-spring-club-races-2017-report-photos/3/?envira_id=264867&awt_l=K08qM&awt_m=K1pVIVu7wOs.C0#envira-gallery-wrap-264867

          Dennis Gray photo of the orange Platypus, driver Neil Alexander, at Laguna Seca event March 2017.

          Sports Car Digest site.

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          • #35
            I saw this picture on Instagram, posted by Bob Holbert's grandson Todd and asked him if it was ok if I shared it in this thread. He said his uncle, Larry, took the pic (and maybe a few more he's looking for now).
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            trevorcgates@gmail.com
            Engine # P66909... are you out there
            Fun 356 events in SoCal = http://356club.org/

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            • #36
              Here are two more pics courtesy of Todd. The man standing next to the Anteater is Bernie Viehl.

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              trevorcgates@gmail.com
              Engine # P66909... are you out there
              Fun 356 events in SoCal = http://356club.org/

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              • #37
                Amazing! The mysterious Mr. Viehl.

                Any way to date the photos?
                (He was racing it in June 1963)

                Thanks! Gary C

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                • #38
                  Thank you Trevor, Pure gold.
                  ~Vance

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                  • #39
                    Bob Holbert in the foreground and Bernie Viehl in the background in the Anteater, prior to the nose modification.

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                    Engine # P66909... are you out there
                    Fun 356 events in SoCal = http://356club.org/

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                    • #40
                      What a great rare old photo Trevor thanks for sharing it here! Bernie was actually going to fit in there huh?
                      Thanks again!
                      Justin
                      Justin Rio

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                      • #41
                        Chris - Are you still out there? Did you build an Anteater frame and body for your engine?
                        trevorcgates@gmail.com
                        Engine # P66909... are you out there
                        Fun 356 events in SoCal = http://356club.org/

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                        • #42
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                          Another shot of the Anteater from Thompson, CT 1961.
                          Found on Dave Nicholas' excellent race site www.BarcBoys.com
                          Last edited by JTR70; 04-02-2020, 08:01 AM.

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                          • #43
                            Reading from Mark Donohue's book "the Unfair Advantage" pg. 28 (Bentley 2000 reissue)
                            " I (Donohue) had just been called by Bernie Veal, the owner of all Bob Holbert's Porsches. He asked me if I would be interested in driving his RS-60 at the (fall 1963 Lime Rock regional) ... race."

                            They could not have been close, or MD would have known how to spell Bernie's name. Was it true or pit gossip that Viehl owned Holbert's car?
                            Maybe the extra foot on the nose was an unfair advantage in a photo-finish.

                            Well, I found some confirmation of ownership in Post 25 by Gerry.
                            Thanks for the re-focus Vance.

                            GaryC
                            Last edited by Victoracing; 04-25-2020, 11:00 PM. Reason: Some more info that I overlooked three years ago.

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                            • #44
                              Welcome back Gary your last two entries had me looking through this thread and what an interesting tale this is. It is however such a shame to no longer have Steve and Gerry here to contribute.
                              ~Vance

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