Palliser-Winkelmann Registry

Welcome to the Palliser-Winkelmann Registry website. I relish the opportunity to talk about something special to me, as well as acknowledge in particular the people who made it possible: Bob Winkelmann, Hugh Dibley, Len Wimhurst et al.


A pair of Winkelmann WDF1s,

the model that started it all....

Any Sleuths Out There?

A very nice guy by the name of Chris Yewdall sent me a 1977-1979 SCCA Log Book with the attached photos in it of a car listed only as a "WD1". The cowling looks like a WDF2/WDF3 & the nose is either the original 'B' car "shark nose" or it's a WDF4 nose. 

The interesting part is the car was run & driven by Indycar driver Dick Ferguson---while he was driving an Indycar in 1978! Unfortunately Dick is no longer with us & the whereabouts of the car is unknown. That's where you come in. Can anybody out there shed some light on where this car now resides...or anything of its history?

Lots of new things & additions to the site. Hopefully we will be moving to an entirely new format in a couple of months. Frankly, this old site has become extremely cumbersome to edit & the lack of support by its creators is baffling.


Classifieds, such as they are will be on what is now called the Odds & Ends page.

For the most part the page will contain old articles pertaining to

Pallisers, plus the occasional want ad.

Winkelmann Parts Sources

The following people have let me know that they are a source for Wink parts:

Jamie Stiehr

Body Molds for WDF1s (& probably WDB1s, excluding engine covers) & suspension jigs for the same. Contact Jamie Stiehr at 303.886.2111 or via

Pete Christensen

Pete is out of Laporte CO &, after talking to him at the CSRG event at Sonoma Raceway, it sounds like he is getting into making Winkelmann stuff---suspension, engines, etc.
Pete's contact info is 970.797.0712 & you can go to his (engine related) site at

Newly Restored, Purchased, Etc., Cars

Note: The Ian Hebblethwaite Palliser-Winkelmann WDB4/2
has moved to the Photos/Stories page

Frederic Weber WDB4/3

This is a new car to the Registry & I hope to get more information about its history from Frederic. FYI, the track photo, below, was taken at Zolder.

Dave Jackson WDF4

Dave Jackson from Karrinyup, Australia has just taken possession of a WDF4 (with original Minister engine!) that was once owned & raced by Barry Green of Team Green Indycar fame---before spec chassis took over Indycar. Dave says the car is complete with an AustralianConfederation of Motor Sports (CAMS) Log Book & a Certificate of Historical Authenticity, but needs restoration. If anybody out there has access to WDF4 bodywork, please contact Dave at


A Second Wink for Darrell LeBlanc WDF3 Chassis 24

Darrell already has an immaculate WDB2 that he has raced for years, but now he wants to participate in the fast growing vintage FF races on the West Coast with the WDF3 he added to his stable last year.

Cameron Jackson, ex-Lamplough WDF2-4

Cameron dominated the HSCC Historic Formula Ford
Championship in GB, winning the first five races of 2019.
Bill at Neil Fowler Motorsport (
preps the car & can provide WDF2 engine covers.

Recent Restoration---Carl Bauer's WDF1-2, AM3

The ex-Greg Rogers car from Texas.
Carl's presentation looks superb...

2015 Winkelmann-Titan Reunion

(Click on the photo to enlarge)

(Click here to see more Reunion photos)

The event was nothing less than superb. Ethan Shippert won in a Titan Mk. 6, but we had a Winkelmann WDF1 on the podium in third place driven by relative newcomer, Eric Sidebotham. Thanks should go to all, Bob Winkelmann, engine builder & ex-Winkelmann employee, Paul Hasselgren, ex-Winkelmann drivers Bob Blackwood & Tom Gloy & all their counterparts on the Titan side for attending. Andy Antipas, who runs the Titan Registry ( really pulled off a great event. Thanks to Andy!

Do You Know This Gentleman?

If you own a Palliser Winkelmann, follow racing, or know your history, you should:

Hugh Palliser Dibley

Hugh in a T70in the Lavant Cup at Goodwood in 1964

Hugh Palliser Dibley, a descendant of Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty, Hugh Palliser, was a successful sports car driver of the 60s & 70s, while also being a pilot for BOAC. There's insufficient space here to list all of his accomplishments, but I would note that he drove some serious sports racing machinery. He drove Brabham BT8s & Lola T70s for Stirling Moss Racing, Lola T70 Mk. III coupes, Porsche 904s and the Howmet Turbine at every track of significance during that period--LeMans, , Monza, Daytona, Sebring, etc. Also, he drove Lolas in the USRRC & CanAm Series. In fact, I remember seeing him drive at the Laguna Seca & Riverside CanAms in 1966. To say he was a damned good driver of sports racers would be an understatement.

As indicated in the introductory paragraph, Hugh was the driving force behind the creation of the cars we drive. In fact, he drove the first one built, the WDB1. Click on the "History" tab at the top of this page to get some of the details Bob Winkelmann has provided.

Like Bob Winkelmann, Hugh is always willing to talk about the cars he created & indulge me in any questions I might have. To put up with anoraks like me takes great patience & the character of a gentleman, which both Bob & Hugh are.

The above action photo shows Hugh, but I get a kick out of the other photo because it captures Hugh's sense of humor & goodwill. A mutual good friend took it to remind me of my absence, as you can see by the sign Hugh is holding. I'm not positive, but I think the photo was taken at the BRDC during the 2013 British GP.

Hugh: Thank you for the cars you built and the entertainment you provided to all racing enthusiasts.

To WDB2 Owners & possibly WDB1 Owners

Front Brake Caliper Mounting Brackets: If you still have the original brackets on your car, take a good look at them. On the two cars we have, both brackets had cracks running near the caliper mounting holes. This probably doesn't apply to WDB3s or WDB4s since they use a different upright, but check your brackets as a matter of course. If you are interested,
I have drawings for a replacement bracket (shown in the next set of photos)  that is stronger & more aesthetically pleasing. The problem can be seen in the following photos:


And here are the revised mounts:

Some Winkelmann-related videos for your viewing. Click on the link:

First Practice at Thunderhill in a WDB2

Being tossed upside-down at Kent, Washington

Andy Newhall in a WDF2 at Phillips Island in 2009:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Locke de B.

April, 2013

PS: I would ask (actually I'm begging) you to please contact me ( with any information about your cars, restoration projects, photos, etc. New content is always welcome. You can write about anything you chose, provided it centers on cars & doesn’t push the boundaries of literary taste too far. I appreciate any & all feedback. Lastly, the classifieds have a few items, but I would like more. If you have a car, parts or whatever, let me know & I will list it for you. It’s free, so why not?

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