Photographer's Note

Whatzathat? - an Albata.
This guy was being shown off at the Saticoy Country Club car show earlier this month. I do not know anything about it. I searched all over the internet including Wikipedia, but came up with nothing.

I would guess it is a custom built racing car. There is a clue besides it's earlier design style - the fellow in the background is wearing a colorful shirt which has a "Monaco Grand Prix" from the 1950s design.

If any Trekie has a better clue, please let me know....

PS: Kudos to Malgo, she discovered the Albata was designed to race on dry lake beds. This guy was not used in a Grand Prix, it raced in Southern California's Harper dry lake bed, clocked 118 mph in 1940. The Albata was owned by Ralph Schenck then. It had an aluminum body, with a Chevy 4 cylinder engine, 1918 Chevy cam shaft, Ford model B crank, and a 3 port Oldsmobile head.

In the 1930s and early 40s before WW II, racing clubs were popular at dry lake beds. The races were time and speed oriented with sometimes as many as a dozen race cars lined up.

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