Jim Hensel & the Juggers Racing Team
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?