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January 14, 2016

Charles Schwab Jr. of New

Haven, Connecticut passed away

peacefully at 92. He was a long time

sports car enthusiast and in 1968

purchased CSX2007, an early white

roadster with only 331 miles on it.

He was happy to share his enthusi-

asm for cars, and especially the

Cobra, with his oldest son, Chuck,

who was allowed to wash and wax

the car constantly and drive it

(under supervision) occasionally.

After about a year, Charles sold the

Cobra to a younger Cobra enthusi-

ast in Connecticut, Geoff Howard.

take advantage of that offer before it

was cancelled – all of that when

SAAC was only a month old.

While attending the University

of Pennsylvania Wharton School of

Business, Charles Schwab enlisted

in the Army Air Corps after the start

of WWII. He became a bomber pilot,

flying B-24 Liberator heavy bombers

out of Manduria, Italy. He flew 35

missions and was shot down three

times. Two of his bombing missions

involved the oil fields in Ploiesti, Ro-

mania and the Abbey in Monte

Cassino in Italy. He was awarded the

Distinguished Flying Cross and Air

Medal along with numerous other ci-

tations and was discharged as a

First Lieutenant. He later served as

the Director of Public Works for the

city of New Haven before retiring.

The small block car was replaced,

about a year later, with a red 427

Cobra. CSX3309 had originally been

purchased by Sylvia Smith with the

intention of being raced by Paul

Chroinere in Vermont. A roll bar, Ava-

iad oil pan and electric fuel pump were

added but the car competed in only

one hillclimb before being traded to

racer John Paul. It was purchased

shortly thereafter by Schwab who

drove it, very gingerly, on the street

until he sold it in 1975.

His son Chuck, realizing he would

never get to drive the 427 nearly

enough to suit him, purchased

CSX2228 in 1972 and used it as daily

transportation, driving it back and

forth to a nearby college. He still owns

the car today and he is one only four

“lifetime members” who jumped to


February 2, 2016

Anyone familiar with R-Model

history knows the story about the

five factory competition cars that

were purchased by five Peruvian

racing drivers and used to compete

against each other in road racing

events in Peru. They wanted to com-

pete in equal cars to see who was

the best driver, not who had the best

car. The races were held on public

roads between the country’s larger

cities. Roads in and around the

cities were paved; roads between

them were not.

One of the five drivers was

Bratzo Vicich. He was born in Bel-

grade, Yugoslavia in 1942 and ar-

rived in Peru in 1948 with his

parents as political refugees. In the

1960s and 1970s, Vicich became one

of the best rallye and race drivers in

South America. Behind the wheel of

the R-Model, 5R530, which he pur-

chased in 1966, he competed in dan-

gerous road races in the Peruvian

Andes. His best known achievement

was the legendary Caminos del Inca in

1973. He was crowned National

Champion in 1973 but was also the

South American Champion in his class

in the late 1960s.

Vicich was a Peruvian national

champion in sports car racing, mo-

torcycle racing and Peleta Fronton,

a Peruvian racquet sport. He also

somehow found time to study den-

tistry, receiving a degree and open-

ing a practice in Lima.

A few years ago he was reunited

with his R-Model, 5R530 at the

Monterey Historics and found it dif-

ficult to believe there was such a

high level of interest in Shelbys.

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