Dick Troutman

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25 Dec 1921
Los Angeles, California


26 Mar 1992
Murrieta, California


United States


Scarab (1960)

Car builder who did well in American racing, but less so with the GP attempt. Also owned a garage. In 1954, Dick, along with Tom Barnes, built the Troutman-Barnes special sportscar. This caught the eye of Lance Reventlow, who hired both of them for the Scarab attempt some years later. The car was notable for its use a steel space-frame with custom-fabricated upper front wishbones and a transverse leaf spring for its supension. Chuck Daigh drove the car for three seasons, winning the 1957 Paramount Ranch and Santa Barbara SCCA races. The car later was sold and became the Fury Special. Both Troutman, who had experience as a coach builder and Barnes also used to work for Frank Kurtis. Troutman was also a key influence on Ken Miles' son, Peter, who later became a mechanic in the sport.

Biography last updated 10 Jul 2017