This obscure ’65 big-block bathtub is still making waves at Goodwood

You may not be familiar with Ed Hamill’s name, and that’s understandable, given that the man has only built three racing cars. Back in 1963, Hamill was still racing a Ford-powered Cooper Monaco T49 at Mid-Ohio, but Harold Pace’s book on the subject reveals that by the end of 1964, Hamill came up with his own open prototype: the SR2. Built around a tubular frame with bonded aluminum panels, this mid-engined machine was followed by a pair of SR3s, the latter of which used a rounded steel tube frame instead of square one. Hamill also switched from Oldsmobile V-8s to big-block Chevys fed by quad Webers. In period, those two SR3s started a total of sixteen races but finished only four.

Nowadays, the Hamill-Chevrolet SR3 wearing #63 is a regular sight at Goodwood, and driven by Darren Turner, it sure didn’t get slower all these years. Last year, I could barely catch it with my old XD-7 on Ilford’s HP5:

Hamill SR3