The first Chaparral (Mk I) was designed and built by Troutman and Barnes of Southern California, the creators of Lance Reventlow’s Scarabs. Hall initially funded the project, but soon devoted his considerable engineering talents to developing the car into a consistent race winner.
Photo: Casey Annis
The first Chaparral, the front-engine car, wasn’t my design, that was done by Dick Troutman and Tom Barnes. They came to me and said that they wanted to build this car, and that they felt they had learned a lot building the Scarab and wanted to follow on from that project. They asked if I was interested, so I went to their place, which was a long way away from me in Texas, and I looked at their drawings and…
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