Search

JOHN T. PANKS

May 02, 1960
May 02, 1960

Table of Contents
May 2, 1960

Rocks
New Season
Deadly Spray
The Derby
Fitness From The Cradle
  • The week of May 1 to 7 has been designated by President Eisenhower as National Youth Fitness Week, and the happy family shown at right is making its own special and significant contribution to it. They have been chosen by Sports Illustrated and Bonnie Prudden to introduce a new program that will help American parents to build a fit generation of children right in their own home—from babyhood on

Shooting
Water Polo
Sporting Hollywood
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

JOHN T. PANKS

'A Thoroughbred come back'

John Panks acquired the historic Sunbeam shown here by promising its British owner that the car would never pass out of British hands. Panks, managing director of Rootes Motors in Manhattan and an Englishman himself, felt the nationalist overtones of the bargain clearly justifiable. One of five 1921 Sunbeams with similar characteristics (three-liter, eight-cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts producing 108 hp and capable of 102.5 mph), this one competed with distinction (fifth place) in the Indianapolis "500" of 1921 and became one of the favorite racing cars of Britain's great Sir Henry Segrave.

This is an article from the May 2, 1960 issue Original Layout

The only one of the five originals that has not been "butchered" (i.e., modernized), the car has been completely reconditioned by Panks, who plans to compete with it in vintage meets in the U.S. "It had been put out to pasture, but now it's back," he says delightedly. "It's just like a Thoroughbred come back to life."

TWO PHOTOS