Phil Remington

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Phil Remington (January 22, 1921—February 9, 2013) was an American motorsports engineer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Remington was born in Santa Monica, California and was a pre-engineering student at Santa Monica Junior College. He initially was a component inspector at Northrop Aircraft. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II by lying about his age because he was too young and by memorizing the vision charts because he was color blind. He served as a B-24 flight engineer.

Motorsports[edit]

After serving in the Army, he began working with friends who raced by building race cars, developing hydroplane parts and engine swap kits. In the late 1950s he became chief engineer to Lance Reventlow, building the Scarab sports racing car on Princeton Street in what is now Marina del Rey, California.

When Reventlow was closing his shop, Carroll Shelby hired Remington as his chief engineer in Shelby's new shop on the same street. Shelby said his competition success was due to Remington. When Shelby American was split up, Remington remained with the Shelby Racing Components company in Torrance.

Remington moved to North Carolina in 1968 to run the Talladega Grand National stock car program at Holman and Moody. The team won the Daytona 500 that year.

He moved back to California and worked at Dan Gurney's All American Racers (AAR). There Remington worked on Can-Am, Formula 1, Formula 5000, Indy 500, Trans-Am, GTP and IMSA cars. He also worked on Alligator Motorcycles and did contract work for aerospace while there. In 2012 he built the oil and water coolers and engineered the suspension on the DeltaWing race car. Health concerns caused him to discontinue working full-time at AAR in 2012.

Awards[edit]

He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2019.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Comer, Colin (July 2013). "Torch Bearer". Road & Track. 64 (10): 74–79-, 108.
  2. ^ Phil Remington at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

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