The Hamill SR3 Is An Insane Small Block Powered Roller Skate – Ride In One At Goodwood Here


The Hamill SR3 Is An Insane Small Block Powered Roller Skate – Ride In One At Goodwood Here

The Can-Am racing of the middle 1960s was all a prelude to what would become the most famous road racing series in the world for a couple of years in the early 1970s. It was also the period of time that racing dorks like yours truly love most about the series because there was still enough privateers involved to make it really interesting and money had not run the thing over yet. Ed Hamill was one of those privateers. This dude built his own cars…from scratch. He built about four of them over the course of his career and two of them were so-called SR3 models. One of them still lives and competes in England at historic events like Goodwood. It is insane.

Lightweight and using a small block Chevy for power, you get the sense immediately that this car wants to kill you and everyone around you at every chance. If you can imagine, the first SR3 actually used a big Oldsmobile engine for power before Hamill decided for the much lighter and equally as punchy mouse for motivation.

Like lots of homespun efforts, the SR3 was not destined to have great success but it was out there, running more than a dozen races. It finished about 25% of them but the fact that the car existed at all and now continues to exist is amazing and somewhere we hope wherever he is, in the vapors or not, Ed Hamill is smiling to know that his 50+ year old hot rod is still screaming and yelling on road courses. So, so cool!

Ride along in the Hamill SR3 at Goodwood – Insane roller skate!


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4 thoughts on “The Hamill SR3 Is An Insane Small Block Powered Roller Skate – Ride In One At Goodwood Here

  1. Anthony De Tomasi

    I just spoke to Ed Hamill, he heard of this ride along article and asked me to check it out. You will be happy to know that Ed just turned 80 last week and is very much alive and doing well. He is indeed proud of the cars that he has built and is also amazed that one of them is still on the track. We viewed the Ford vs Ferrari movie with Ed, and he had some real insight into some of the personalities around racing during those early sixties, he also spent time in 62 working for Carrol Shelby, test driving the first Cobra prototype at his Riverside driving school. Ed has had a lot of history in the racing world, we enjoy hearing his stories.

  2. Edward Skakie

    Ed told me about this video, last night, and I viewed it then, on Youtube, and, again, just now, on your site. My sound does not work, but they were noisy! Some of the commenters on Youtube were a bit rude about Mr turner\’s driving & shifting, but then they have not driven a lightweight high-powered racecar. In \’66, Ed was testing at Ste Jovite, and wanted to observe the front suspension, so was running without the front end of the car; he crested a small rise, at speed, and got airborn! He has some great stories to tell, such as waking up in the back seat to find that his driver had the Pontiac wagon, and the trailer holding the race car, again at speed, going through a corner on the interstate highway in an 8 wheel drift. The good old days.

  3. Edward Skakie

    Ed told me about this video, last night, and I viewed it then, on Youtube, and, again, just now, on your site. My sound does not work, but they were noisy! Some of the commenters on Youtube were a bit rude about Mr turner’s driving & shifting, but then they have not driven a lightweight high-powered racecar. In ’66, Ed was testing at Ste Jovite, and wanted to observe the front suspension, so was running without the front end of the car; he crested a small rise, at speed, and got airborn! He has some great stories to tell, such as waking up in the back seat to find that his driver had the Pontiac wagon, and the trailer holding the race car, again at speed, going through a corner on the interstate highway in an 8 wheel drift. The good old days.

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