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Fall 2016 13


P/1000 was one of two Comstock

team GT40s that were raced at Se-

bring on March 26, 1966. On the 83rd

lap, Canadian driver Bob McLean ex-

perienced a seized transmission, lock-

ing up the rear wheels. The car left the

track, went onto a service road, barrel-

rolled and hit a telephone pole. This

ruptured the fuel tank which ex-

ploded. McLean was trapped in the car

and died.

What was left of the car was towed

to the town garage. Any useable parts

were said to have been removed and

what remained was buried, under the

observation of the local sheriff, on a

piece of land owned by the Sebring De-

partment of Public Works.

Shortly thereafter, stories refuting

this began to circulate, citing Customs

difficulties the Comstock team would

have returning to Canada with one

less car. Customs officials were said to

be inflexible and Comstock would

have had to pay duty on the “sale” of

“missing” the car. Overlooked, how-

ever, was the fact that Sebring author-

When values of GT40s began to

take off years later, stories like this

one sparked interest in attempting to

“discover” derelict or abandoned cars.

The equipment operator was found

and contacted but he reportedly re-

fused to admit anything. He was said

to be worried that his actions may

have broken environmental or proce-

dural laws. Again, it was a specious ar-

gument because environmental laws

back in 1966 were nowhere near as

strict as they are now.

About ten years after the accident

a building was constructed on the site

of the “burial,” so the crushed GT40

was said to have been dug up and the

rusty remains were taken to a scrap

yard. They were later reportedly pur-

chased for parts by someone in Miami,

but again, this was hearsay.

It is not unimaginable that an en-

tirely new car could have been built,

using the P/1000 serial number, with

or without some thin shred of owner-

ship documentation. Based on what

may have happened to the original car

(crushed, buried, dug up and

scrapped) it’s not likely someone pre-

senting a finished car, today, would

worry about the “original” ever show-

ing up. SAAC’s GT40 Registrar, Greg

Kolasa, presently has no documenta-

tion or evidence of a car carrying the

serial number P/1000, so this has to be

considered a mystery that remains un-


ities could likely have provided writ-

ten certification acceptable to Cus-

toms that would have documented the

legal disposal of the wrecked car. The

customs justification was a thin

thread to refute the bulldozing expla-