Dan Egan

TOY­OTA 2000GT

Classic Sports Car - - Letters -

Event reg­u­lar Dan Egan proudly showed one of the most ex­otic ma­chines on Ocean Av­enue. “Grow­ing up in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia in the ’60s, cars were tested year-round at lo­cal rac­ing venues so we saw ev­ery­thing – in­clud­ing the two Toy­ota GTS pre­pared by Shelby and raced in the 1968 SCCA sea­son,” says Egan. “We saw them at River­side, then they dis­ap­peared; they only raced in ’68 be­fore they were gone.

“Fast-for­ward six years and I saw an ad­vert in the back of Com­pe­ti­tion Press, which was where we went to find out what rac­ing was go­ing on and what was hap­pen­ing in Europe. Since I’d seen the cars race I knew what it was, so I called the guy. If he’d said it was yel­low I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have bought it, but when he said ‘red’ I was cooked!

“The car was in Wash­ing­ton, so my wife and I flew up and stayed at his house. We gave him a per­sonal cheque and drove the car home.”

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