Jim Hensel & the Jug­gers Rac­ing Team

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My name is Roy Li­au­taud, and I’m a mem­ber of the Jug­gers Rac­ing Team, a club that was started in 1953 in the Bay Area. One of the orig­i­nal mem­bers and founder was Jim Hensel. I first met Jim in 2012 when he and fel­low mem­ber Wayne Phillips caught wind that I was busy build­ing a land speed car in my garage in Red­wood City, Cal­i­for­nia. Two nicer men are hard to find. We hit it off, and I started help­ing build the Jug­gers car, too. Jim had raced in ev­ery venue across the U.S., it seemed. He was the first tech in­spec­tor at Half Moon Bay. You can hear more in his own words on Youtube, search for Jim Hensel Jug­gers Rac­ing Team.

Jim passed on Oct. 30, 2017. I read in your mag about so many greats pass­ing I thought it should be men­tioned. I only knew him for five of his 82 years, but I felt I knew him much, much longer. He is sur­vived by his daugh­ter Kari, who has a huge amount of info about his life. The Jug­gers re­cently added four more names at the March Meet to their me­mo­rial there.

P.S. Look for my car, #562, at El Mi­rage and Bon­neville. It’s a 1963 Sun­beam Alpine, the Be­lalpine, with a 327 Chevy.

Pat Brol­lier shot this photo of the Jug­gers in Novem­ber 1961 for

Rod & Cus­tom mag­a­zine. If there are any Jug­gers in the au­di­ence, can you help us iden­tify some of the mem­bers? Is Jim Hensel in the group?

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