The Scarab IS BACK - AND HE’S BROUGHT A FRIEND
We’re bringing back a popular early exhibit for a special limited run. The 1960 Scarab Formula 1 car was a big hit when we first displayed it, and this time we also have its stable mate, the Scarab MK1 Tribute car. The Formula 1 car was built and driven by Lance Reventlow and the MK1 Tribute car was built by his brother Richard to the exact specifications of the original MK1.
SCARAB: The First American Formula 1 Race Car will be on display in the feature gallery starting January 12, then it will make way for Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty. Don’t miss your chance to see these rare and beautiful cars that hold a unique place in American motorsports history.
After the Second World War, the sun rose on a world where factories that had formerly churned out warplanes were making automobiles, a world where military airstrips were becoming raceway circuits. From the Nürburgring to Indianapolis, racing was back. The new Formula 1 race series was dominated by European car makers, like Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, and Maserati.
This is the story of a handsome young playboy, heir to a fortune, who wanted to achieve something mere money couldn’t buy. This is the story of ambitious American designers who knew they could compete with old-world titans. This is the story of scrappy drivers who challenged rivals — and themselves — on race courses from Riverside, California, to Silverstone, England. This is the story of one incredible year of racing. This is the story of the first American-made Formula 1 race car.
THIS IS THE STORY OF THE SCARAB.