The US Navy flew the BMC team of MGA’s to Sebring.  You must keep in mind that Sebring was a big WWII Air Force training airport.  Thousands of B-17, B-24 and B-29 Super Fortress pilots trained at Sebring.
 The 3 race MGA twin cam coupes and the P training car sit under the fuselage of the mother ship that brought them to the US.
 Prior to the start, mechanics and crew get the #28 and #29 cars ready for 12 hours.  All 3 cars would finish - in their number sequence 28-29-30.
 Leaning hard into what might be the first turn, the two twin cams stay in formation.  Note the huge Navy transport parked behind the fences.
 And they are off. The MGAs are under way with just 11 hours and 59 minutes to go.
 Gus Ehrman and Ray Saidel drove the number 28 twin cam coupe to 27th overall and second under 1.6 liters.  BARC member Sherm Decker was listed as a co-driver.
 A practice morning shows everyone pretty relaxed.  It would not be so on Saturday morning.
 The #30 car had BARC member Sherm Decker in it. Decker was only supposed to “support” the designated drivers but was so quick the factory had to put him in the car during race conditions.
 The Dalton/Parkinson MG enjoys a few moments of dry track.
 It was wet for much of the race. Here the 29 of Yank Jim Parkinson and Brit John Dalton kicks up some spray.
 All the racs were housed in car dealerships or body shops scattered around the city of Sebring.  There were no covered pits or buildings at the track in those days.  Note the custon hood scoop to take fresh air into the cockpit.
 Sherm Decker (middle) looks out at his first visit to Sebring.  Good friend and MG driver Hank vanDuesen (white coat) went with Sherm.
 An ambulance attends to a rolled over car as the #30 MGA follows two of the sprites through the esses.
 A rare color shot of almost the entire BMC team of MGA’s and Sprites.
 The rest of the Sprites sit on pit row.  Even in 1959 Sebring loved its vintage cars.
 Team Sprite in front of their Florida HQ.  Usually used as the showroom for Willys-Jeeps.  Look that marque up.
 Oops, number 55 loses it and spins in the back country of Hendricks Field, aka Sebring.
 Ricardo Rodriguez pushes his OSCA on pit road.  Ricardo had just turned 17 the month before the Sebring race.
  Beautiful DB Panhard of water czar Henry Perrier and William Wood .  The French car would finish 3rd in Sport 750.
  This OSCA never or Alan  Markleson and Rees Makins never made the finish.
 Bill Rutan, Ray Cuomo and Paul Richards took this Team Roosevelt Fiat Abarth to first in the GT750 class.
 Behind the #24 A C Bristol is barc member Charlie Kurtz.  Charlie, Archie Means and Ross Wees finished 2nd in GT 2 liter.  All three would have great success in SCCA racing with A C Bristols.
 Pete Lovely, Jay Chamberlain and Sam Weiss took this Lotus Elite all 12 hours to second in their class.  All 3 were west coast drivers and all had great careers.
 The Lotus Elite was a fore runner of all Chapman productions cars.  Beautiful lines, fiberglass bodies, small engines, light and fragile.
 The Lotus 11 of Tom Fleming, Bill Schade and harry Dager finished the race but had problems finishing 44th overall.
 Note the Lotus has Team Lotus on the side.  Often Chapman would sell an American a race car and put the caveat it had to race at Sebring.
 A very new Lotus 15.  Driven by William Entwhistle and Robert Hanna.  Not a good day for #27 finishing 51st with only 126 laps.
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