Shortly immediately after Briggs Cunningham’s good results with the Bu-Merc, he determined to just take his new uncovered know-how and implement it abroad at Le Mans. While the Bu-Merc had a favorable electrical power-to-pounds ratio, Briggs thought the auto lacked each grip and trustworthiness for a thriving operate in France and decided to go in a further route.
The 1950 Cadillac was in fact extra than a luxury car. The 331-inch V8 produced bulletproof power and the chassis was amazingly nimble presented it’s dimension. Briggs figured this to be a good platform and rapidly hired Frick-Tappet Motors to race prep a Cadillac for Le Mans.
At the similar time, Briggs secured a further rolling chassis and had Grunman Plane develop a “streamlined” system for it. The finish consequence could possibly have been aerodynamic (the extra fat bastard did hit around 130mph on the Mulsanne Straight), but the auto was so odd that the French nicknamed it the “Le Monstre.”
Regardless of appearances, Le Mans wasn’t the great good results that Briggs experienced hoped… at least not on the observe. The Coupe De Ville piloted by Sam and Miles Collier completed 10th and the Le Monstre driven by Briggs as well as Phil Walters completed right driving in 11th. The results did not issue all that a lot to the French nevertheless. They cherished the Cadillacs and cheered madly at every single move. I believe this estimate from the Briggs book states it best:
Despite the fact that Le Monstre was designed for, and ran, only one particular occasion and was not a prototype, it was substantial in bringing fame and interest to American entries at this historic 24-hour race. It was huge, it was noisy, and in the traditional American white with blue trim racing colors, it portrayed the brash American spirit that Europeans predicted. They weren’t let down.
Of program, Briggs hardly ever stopped finding out. After the 1950 running of Le Mans, he was finished developing warm rods. From that point forward, he was gonna develop race cars and trucks. Next 7 days, we will just take a look…