Edwards 1950

 


Edwards Sports Car


Edwards R-26

 

With the detachable hard top and full windscreen in place, the car can be driven on the road. For competition, the hardtop can removed and replaced by a metal tonneau that cover the rear seats, and twin racing screens replace the windshield.

The car was ready for its first road race at Palm Springs on April 16, 1950. The Edwards sports car, known as the R-26 for its race number, took overall wins at all three tracks: Buchanan Field, near San Francisco, on May21; Santa Ana, near Los Angeles, on June 25th; and Pebble Beach, near Monterey, on November 5th. It was a stunning performance for the maiden season of a scratch-built racer, and said as much for the degree of Edwards driving talents as it did for the ingenuity of the car's design.