Edwards 1952

 


 

 

Edwards' first competition with the new car was at the April 20, 1952 Pebble Beach road races. While the Hemi's power gave the R-62 great acceleration, severe chassis flex caused body panels to distort and produced sudden changes in wheel load and adhesion along with rear axle windup. Worse, the chassis flexing allowed the R-62's doors to fly open without warning, causing some embarisment. The car finally succumbed to the Pebble Beach fray when its thirsty engine ran out of gas.