AAR Eagles Shine at Kohler International Challenge
Elkhart Lake, Wis. 19 JULY 2006 - This past weekend, the UEMSI Motorwerks squadron shifted their efforts towards displaying their 1972 All-American Racers Eagle Indycar at the KIC Concours d'Elegance on Elkhart Lake's famed streets.
The Road & Track sponsored event showcased 118 racing machines on Friday night, ranging from a Citroen 2CV to a Porsche 917K, and everything in-between. The UMW team was happily surprised to find that they were not the only AAR Eagle competing in the event, as AAR #7201, the research and development model of the 1972 series of racers, was driven to the concours event from Road America by Bob Jordan.
Jordan's car was the famed Eagle that revolutionized open wheel racing when it first appeared for testing at the Ontario Motor Speedway in the fall of 1971. The car went on to have a successful year in 1972, with driver Bobby Unser sweeping up several victories. Bob's car was beautifully restored and captured the top honor in the supercar category during the concours.
The UMW restored machine was positioned on a corner located above the Elkhart Lake's pristine waters, a spot that captured the raw beauty of #7225 during the evening's sunset. They were met during the function by many individuals, including longtime Penske employee Chuck Sprague, Peter Revson's sister, Jennifer Revson, the Nissing's, and many other great people who praised the work of the car, the legacy of the AAR Eagles, and Mark Donohue.
"We had a wonderful time at the concours," said UMW driver Jacques Dresang. "It was sad to leave the event, as we met so many gracious people; it's one of those segments of time that you wish would last forever."
On Saturday evening, the team had their annual "Break in Session" cookout, and had the chance to reunite their McLaren/Riley spare rear wing with Peter Klain, who owns the former Lindsey Hopkins Riley chassis. Klain is currently restoring the Riley back to its 1974 configurations, when the car was driven by reigning national champion Roger McCluskey.
The UMW team will be back in action this weekend at Road America, as both team drivers, Steve Welk and Jacques Dresang, aim to win the SCCA Cat's Pajamas Nationals in their McLaren orange Spec Miatas.