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
Pete's contact info is 970.797.0712 & you can go to his (engine related) site at www.totalprecisionengines.com
Note: The Ian Hebblethwaite Palliser-Winkelmann WDB4/2
A Second Wink for Darrell LeBlanc WDF3 Chassis 24
(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 (titancars.com) really pulled off a great event. Thanks to Andy!
If you own a Palliser Winkelmann, follow racing, or know your history, you should:
Hugh Palliser Dibley
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
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:
Some Winkelmann-related videos for your viewing. Click on the link:
Locke de B.
PS: I would ask (actually I'm begging) you to please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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?