The Cadillac & Le Monstre
Shortly immediately after Briggs Cunningham’s achievements with the Bu-Merc, he resolved to get his new uncovered expertise and implement it abroad at Le Mans. Though the Bu-Merc experienced a favorable electricity-to-excess weight ratio, Briggs imagined the vehicle lacked each grip and trustworthiness for a prosperous operate in France and made a decision to go in an additional course.
The 1950 Cadillac was essentially additional than a luxurious automobile. The 331-inch V8 manufactured bulletproof electricity and the chassis was surprisingly nimble offered it’s dimensions. Briggs figured this to be a smart platform and rapidly hired Frick-Tappet Motors to race prep a Cadillac for Le Mans.
At the similar time, Briggs secured another rolling chassis and had Grunman Aircraft establish a “streamlined” entire body for it. The conclude consequence could have been aerodynamic (the body fat bastard did hit above 130mph on the Mulsanne Straight), but the vehicle was so odd that the French nicknamed it the “Le Monstre.”
Regardless of appearances, Le Mans was not the good accomplishment that Briggs experienced hoped… at minimum not on the monitor. The Coupe De Ville piloted by Sam and Miles Collier concluded 10th and the Le Monstre driven by Briggs as nicely as Phil Walters completed right driving in 11th. The final results didn’t make a difference all that a great deal to the French even though. They liked the Cadillacs and cheered madly at each individual move. I feel this quote from the Briggs book states it ideal:
While Le Monstre was developed for, and ran, only 1 event and was not a prototype, it was sizeable in bringing fame and interest to American entries at this historic 24-hour race. It was huge, it was noisy, and in the classic American white with blue trim racing hues, it portrayed the brash American spirit that Europeans anticipated. They weren’t unhappy.
Of course, Briggs hardly ever stopped learning. Following the 1950 working of Le Mans, he was performed developing incredibly hot rods. From that issue ahead, he was gonna build race cars and trucks. Up coming week, we will acquire a look…