29 Oct Legendary Minnesota-Built Echidna Sports Racer #2 Grabs Pole Position at Russo and Steele’s 15th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction

For Immediate Release:

Scottsdale, Arizona (October 29th, 2014) – Following a highly successful 2014 auction season, the entire team at Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions is now making preparations to begin 2015 with a bang in Scottsdale, Arizona, where we will kick off celebrations and events marking our 15th Anniversary in business.

During the 1950s “Golden Age” of American sports-car racing, one of the most competitive specials was the Echidna, which ruled SCCA C- and B-Modified competition. Conceived, designed, and built by Hibbing, Minnesota’s Ed Grierson, Bill Larson, and John Staver, the Echidna was aptly named after the reclusive Australian spiny anteaters immortalized in Greek mythology as the mother of all monsters.

Just three Echidnas were built in all. Outstanding performers, the lightweight Echidnas were durable and reliable to match. While based upon relatively humble Chevrolet passenger-car parts and components, the Echidnas were serious racing cars with impeccable engineering in evidence throughout. Featuring race-prepped Chevy small-block power, a Borg-Warner T-
10 four-speed transmission and initially, upgraded Chevy Corvette-derived drum brakes all around, the Echidnas’ sleek Bill Devin bodywork cloaked the wizardry contained underneath.

On the track, the Echidnas competed against – and often beat – the era’s best sports racers. Famous opposing drivers included Augie Pabst in Scarabs and Lloyd Ruby in a Maserati 450S. Out of 35 racing starts, the Echidnas finished 25, won five, and scored nine podiums. Given their amazing success, the men of the Echidna team received much press coverage, including a two-part article in Sports Cars Illustrated, entitled “The Three Who Thought Things Through.”

Built in 1959 and campaigned in SCCA C-Modified, Echidna Number 2 is powered by a hot 283 Chevy backed by a T-10 four-speed gearbox. Most recently, it ran at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit. Accompanied by its HMSA logbook, this historic, all-American Echidna stands ready to continue its winning ways in the heat of competition, as originally intended, marking an outstanding vintage racer worthy of the finest collections and vintage-racing stables.

For Enthusiasts – By EnthusiastsTM – Experience the Russo and Steele difference for yourself! Bidder registration for our 15th Anniversary Scottsdale auction is just $200 and includes an official pocket guide plus admission for all 5 days of excitement for the bidder and one lucky guest. Registered bidders are also invited to attend an exclusive auction previews. Stay tuned for further updates on our 15th Anniversary Scottsdale auction and event schedule and be sure to help us begin 2015 in a big way!

For additional and updated information regarding our Scottsdale ’15 auction calendar and the exciting selection of featured collector automobiles being assembled daily, visit our company website at www.russoandsteele.com. For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images, or more advance information about the Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2015 auction event, please contact Darin Roberge at darin@russoandsteele.com.

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About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
For Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts™. It’s not just a tagline, it’s our lifestyle! As one of the nation’s premier collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele celebrates its upcoming 15th Anniversary in 2015 and continues to innovate, set records, and attract clients worldwide. In addition to our reputation for offering stellar collector automobiles, our thrilling auction experience is simply unattainable anywhere else. Auctions include our signature event in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, followed by Newport Beach, California in June and Monterey, California in August.

Russo and Steele Media Contact:
Darin Roberge