Thursday, July 21, 2011

1964 Townsend MK 4 Return to Laguna SECA for 1st time in 40 years

1964 Townsend MK 4 Returns To Laguna Seca For 1st Time in 40 Years

Arivaca, AZ --T2V Racing and Restoration will make the race debut of its fully restored vintage racer, the 1964 mid-engined Townsend Typhoon MK 4 at the 2011 Role Monterey Motorsports Reunion. T2V's flagship 1957 Townsend Typhoon MK 2 dubbed "Purple People Eater," will be sitting this year out to make way for the MK 4, the last of the Townsend historic racers.

T2V founder Owen Gibson commented on the inclusion saying, "It's a mark of distinction to be accepted into the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. I debuted my fully restored 1957 Townsend Typhoon MK 2 here in 2006; to have the honor of debuting the last of the Townsend Typhoons alongside the original driver and crew, on the same track, fulfills a dream of mine. Most people know me for my purple car. Now they will find me in the 5A racing class with my silver 4th place USRRC ground-pounder."

Gill Campbell, CEO/g.m. of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca said, "What a pleasure to see another American Special fully restored and back in the vintage race world. Owen has done a fantastic job on the Townsend Typhoon MK 4 restoration. It is extremely important to us and the fellow competitors that the integrity of the caliber of cars is maintained in this prestigious event. Owen's efforts, time and energy taken to ensure that the car is period-correct are very much appreciated. The Townsend Typhoon is deeply rooted with the race history of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and we're proud to host its post-restoration race debut."

Gibson is twice blessed. Not only did he discover the 1957 Townsend Typhoon MK 2 in 2000, a car he reintroduced to the world at the 2006 Monterey Historics, he recently uncovered this wildest of all Townsend creations, the 1964 mid-engined MK 4. This makes Gibson the restorer of Frank Townsend's first and last American road racing specials, a
distinction he relishes. Once the MK 2 "Purple People Eater" restoration was underway, Gibson began to receive leads regarding the missing mid-engined MK 4 car. After four years of dead ends, Gibson finally found the MK 4 in a Wyoming barn, painted orange, tires rotting off and covered in hay. Gibson has proudly restored the last of the Townsend Typhoons to its "as raced" specifications with the original crew at his side.

Gibson invites everyone attending the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to celebrate with T2V as the MK 4 "1 Cent Car" takes to the track for the first time in 40 years. Gibson will be racing the 1964 Townsend Typhoon MK 4 in Group 5A - 1960-1968 Sports Racing USRRC Cars the race schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 18, morning practice

Friday, August 19, morning practice

Saturday, August 20, 3:10pm -- Race Group 5A

The full race schedule can be found at:

For Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion tickets and information please

visit or call 800-327-7322.