John Eells Kelley Member #8
Eells became a full time
BARC member in 1959. Somehow the "elders" of the club never called him
John - it was always Eells (phonetic: eeeels)
Eells was a champion high school swimmer, an excellent go-kart driver and best
of all - he had a car so we could all pile in and go to the races. Eells dad
was John Kelley Sr. and an early sports car man. Mr. Kelley loved SAABs and
drove a 356 Porsche. Pop Kelley was very instrumental in getting one of
the first PCA meetings in the US to the Binghamton area (Vestal, NY).
Kelley Sr. was an avid photographer and passed down gear and skills to Eells.
Here are some shots of the Watkins Glen Grand Prix of 1959 shot by a very young
J. Eells Kelley.
Note please there are no garages. Even the very bigtime Kelso and Cunningham teams are working on their cars in the dirt. And they were given the best places in the whole paddock. Others just had to get by with what was there. Somehow it always worked.
|Chuck Dietrichs Elva Mk IV. Look at the starter laying in the grass||Kelso-Chev being prepared in pits. Cunningham Lister and Holbert Porsche in background||A typical SCCA racer||Rich Lyeth's Hi-Torque Special. Ferrari with Chrysler Power & a fin||A Berkeley in the pits|
|Formula 3 car||Don Auray in his F3||50's space frame at its finest||The wife is saying "Let's go to the lake and put that dumb car away"||Team Roosevelts carrier
was the best of its day