A chance remark about where Chuck Manning fitted into the equation in the previous post has sparked emails (2 from the U.S. and one from Australia) and I'm now better informed.
Chuck Manning was an aircraft stress engineer who built his own sports/racing car. He laid out a strong round tube frame and stacked parallel 2.75 inch mild steel tubes on each side (see photographs below), mounting 1939 Ford suspension, hydraulic drum brakes and a Mercury flat head engine. The car was very quick and won a major race at Palm Springs, California in 1952. Now here's the interesting bit - Manning never made a car for sale, but , as he developed his project, he wrote a series of articles for Road and Track outlining the design process and subsequently sold plans so that others could build replicas. I was thinking this may have been the birth of the kit car industry but I reckon it goes further than that - this is the birth of the Locost concept. Anyway, it appears several cars were built, including the car in these pictures and, it would seem, the cars built by David as mentioned in the previous post. This particular yellow one competed successfully in Quebec and "upstate" New York. In 1991 it was restored and ran at that year's Monterey Historics and continues to run in West Coast Historic events.
The photos of this car, the Schaghtcoke Manning Special, were taken at last year's or the year before's Monterey Histerics (where the old South Australian ex-Greeneklee Elfin Formula Junior also appeared).
Just up the road from Monterey is Santa Cruz and I wonder if it is a coincidence that at 1000 Water Street, Santa Cruz is a mechanical workshop called Chuck Manning Autos. Also in Santa Cruz is the high security Lockheed aeronautical facility. I started to think that all made sense as Manning was an aircraft engineer but he worked for Douglas I think. We have a daughter in Santa Cruz. I seem to recall her taking her Honda to that part of Water Street for work on her transmission. What a coincidence.