5 ZEREX SPE­CIAL

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Al­ways one to seek out the ‘un­fair ad­van­tage’, Roger Penske pushed the lim­its of sportscar reg­u­la­tions even be­fore he founded his epony­mous team. The Zerex Spe­cial was es­sen­tially a re­bod­ied Cooper Formula 1 car fit­ted with a 2.7-litre en­gine. Penske ran it at the 1962 River­side Grand Prix and beat Jack Brab­ham, Gra­ham Hill, Dan Gur­ney, Bruce Mclaren, Jim Hall and Mas­ten Gre­gory to win. The Zerex kept on win­ning un­til Penske sold it in ’64, af­ter which it played its part in the cre­ation of Bruce Mclaren’s new mar­que.

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