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Hap Sharp driving his Chaparral in the Monterey GP, Oct 17, 1965. Sharp would finish 2nd to Walt Hansgen's Lola T70. Jim Hall was involved in a crash, wrecking his car. William Hewitt photo.

Hap Sharp driving his Chaparral in the Monterey GP, Oct Sharp would finish to Walt Hansgen's Lola Jim Hall was involved in a crash, wrecking his car.

#2 Start of Sebring 1965 - Jim Hall and his winning Chaparral

and on the starting grid the Chaparral of Jim Hall / Hap Sharp and Ronnie Hissom / Bruce Jennings, 12 Hours of Sebring 1965 (Finished and

Roger Penske races through the Laguna Seca "corkscrew" in his Chaparral 2 on his way to victory in the 1964 Monterey GP. This car had the shorter nose bodywork used in 1964. Photo restored and cropped. William Hewitt photo.

Roger Penske races through the Laguna Seca "corkscrew" in his Chaparral 2 on his way to victory in the 1964 Monterey GP. This car had the shorter nose bodywork used in Photo restored and cropped.

Chaparral 2D @ Daytona

Chaparral driven by Jo Bonnier and co-driver Phil Hill at Daytona in They failed to finish due to a broken wheel. They also failed to finish at Sebring one month later.

Jim Hall in the Chaparral 2C at Riverside, 1965. According to former Chaparral mechanic, Benjamin Sweet, the 2C introduced the first aluminum chassis for Chaparral. This chassis was the basis for the 2E and 2G cars.

Jim Hall in the Chaparral at Riverside, According to former Chaparral mechanic, Benjamin Sweet, the introduced the first aluminum chassis for Chaparral. This chassis was the basis for the and cars.

John Surtees in the Chaparral 2H at Riverside 1969

John Surtees in the Chaparral at Riverside, The car qualified mid-pack and blew up its engine after just four laps.

On the grid for the 1965 Nassau Trophy race. Hall in his 2C on the left, Sharp in his 2 on the right.  Albert R. Bochroch photo.

On the grid for the 1965 Nassau Trophy race. Hall in his on the left, Sharp in his on the right. Albert R.

Testing at Indianapolis Hall quickly realized that with gearing better suited to the track, and maybe a bit less spoiler, the Chaparral would as fast as the best USAC Indy cars. George Moore photo.

That definitely isn’t an Indy car. More than 50 years before the Brickyard held its first sports car race, Jim Hall went to the Speedway to conduct a tire test with his Chaparral 2 sports car in and was said to be impressively fast around the oval.

Jim Hall wins heat 1 in the 1965 Players 200 at Mosport. A great shot of the classic Chaparral 2. Stanley Rosenthall photo.

Jim Hall wins heat 1 in the 1965 Players 200 at Mosport. A great shot of the classic Chaparral Stanley Rosenthall photo.

Troy Rogers (left) and Wesley Sweet (center) pose with a Chaparral 2, modified with sheet metal fender flairs and a cardboard and fiberglass coupe roof. This was the first testing done during the development of the Chaparral 2D. Pete Biro photo via Rodney Rogers.

Troy Rogers (left) and Wesley Sweet (center) pose with a Chaparral 2, modified with sheet metal fender flairs and a cardboard and fiberglass coupe roof. This was the first testing done during the development of the Chaparral 2D. Pete Biro photo via Rodney Rogers.

On the grid for the 1965 Riverside 200. Left to right going down: Bob Bondurant in a Lola T70, Hap Sharp in the Chaparral,  Graham Hill in a McLaren Elva, Richie Ginther in a Lotus 40 and Jim Clark in a Lotus 40. Hall was a no-start due to suspension trouble with the 2C. Sharp would win, Clark was 2nd. Albert R. Bochroch photo.

On the grid for the 1965 Riverside 200. Left to right going down: Bob Bondurant in a Lola T70, Hap Sharp in the Chaparral, Graham Hill in a McLaren Elva, Richie Ginther in a Lotus 40 and Jim Clark in a Lotus 40. Hall was a no-start due to suspension trouble with the 2C. Sharp would win, Clark was 2nd. Albert R. Bochroch photo.

1965 Chaparral 2c

1965 Chaparral 2c

Jim Hall drives his new Chaparral 2 during the 1963 L.A. Times GP at Riverside. Hall would take the pole and was running away from the field when an electrical fire in the dash forced him to stop. Dave Friedman photo.

Jim Hall drives his new Chaparral 2 during the 1963 L. Times GP at Riverside. Hall would take the pole and was running away from the field when an electrical fire in the dash forced him to stop.

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