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Doug Winslow’s ’71 Brawner McGee Scorpion IndyCar

The Gilmore Broadcasting Brawner McGee Scorpion race car was designed and built in Phoenix by legendary local mechanic Clint Brawner.  It will appear at the Vintage Desert Classic presented by the Classic Racing Times at Phoenix International Raceway on April 28 and 29 in conjunction with the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix.

Now owned and driven by Dr. Douglas Winslow, the car has been completely restored as raced at the 1971 Indianapolis 500 by Art Pollard. It is powered by a 4 cylinder turbocharged 4-cam Ford engine running on methanol.  A two speed manual transmission putts the power to the wheels though a Hewland quick change differential.

Clint Brawner was a self-taught mechanical genius who became a winning mechanic, crew chief, car owner and builder working out of a modest shop in north Phoenix. He won the 1969 Indianapolis 500 in another car of his own design, famously driven by Mario Andretti to his only Indy 500 victory.

Brawner worked with local Phoenix legends Bobby Ball and Jimmy Bryan, as well as A.J. Foyt and Andretti, and won 51 Indy Car races and six titles in his 40 plus year career. He is the namesake of the Clint Brawner Mechanical Excellence Award, given annually to the Indianapolis 500 chief mechanic who exemplifies “mechanical and scientific creativity, ingenuity, perseverance, dedication, enthusiasm, and expertise”.

 

Words and photos courtesy of Dr. Doug Wilson and Norm Balvin.

1 Comment

  1. Kevin Brown says:

    I’m originally from Kalamazoo,Mich and all a lifetime gearhead. Jim Gilmore was a regular customer of my mother’s Chocolate Shop and I would always rush up to ask him news about his Indy team.

    I remember Art Pollard, but Gordon Johncock who was a local, was who we thought would win Indy for Jim. It took AJ Foyt to get him to the Winners Circle, but Gordon went on to be a winner twice, alas, without A Gilmore G on his cars.

    I’d love to see this car.

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