Having been granted unprecedented access to hitherto unpublished archive material by the Cunningham family and the families of the team members, author Richard Harman has been able to trace the history of most of the Cunningham-owned cars in great detail.
Briggs Cunningham was a competitor, patron and pioneering champion of road racing in the USA. In addition to the cars which bore his name with pride and competed against the best in the world, the Cunningham team raced many other models in the 1950s and 1960s in both the USA and Europe.
Further, during his long life, Briggs owned a large variety of vehicles ranging from the mundane to the spectacular. When his racing days came to an end, he assembled his collection together to establish what was to become one of the best car museums in the world in Costa Mesa, California.
The International Motor Racing Research Center, Watkins Glen, NY
is pleased to announce that the Cunningham Family, long supporters of the IMRRC, have generously permitted the Estate gift planning fund to be named the Briggs S. Cunningham Legacy Society. The purpose of the fund will be to assist in providing
for the Center’s future. More details to follow when available.
A Cunningham owner and highly-regarded expert – Chuck Schoendorf, of Rowayton, Conn. – provides some very interesting info about Briggs Swift Cunningham and his famous cars.
Lucie Cunningham McKinney Obituary
It is with sincere regrets that we inform you of the recent passing of a great lady & a special friend. She very much enjoyed being the middle of the three (3) offspring of Briggs Swift Cunningham II and Lucie Bedford Cunningham. Also, she has had much joy from her family & from her two (2) Cunningham C-3 Vignale cars.
Funeral to be at:
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
4670 Congress Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM
Dan Gurney Receives Lifetime Award
The Henry Ford Museum awarded Dan Gurney the “Edison-Ford Medal for ingenuity and a lifetime of innovative and entrepreneurial spirit”.
While being interviewed by Charlie Rose (CBS), Gurney was asked how, after nine previous attempts, he finally was victorious at LeMans.
Dan said that even though he was a faster one-lap driver than Briggs Cunningham, that Briggs had always finished higher at LeMans than he did.
“Briggs realized that LeMans was not a race, but an endurance contest,” he said. “Once I adopted Briggs’ strategy of driving the race car tenderly, I finally put myself in a position to win.”
Cunningham 2014 Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award Winner!
In October, 2014 it was announced that Cunningham author, Richard Harman, won the Society of Automotive Historians prestigious Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award.
The award is presented each year for the book which best advances the understanding of the history of the automobile in the previous calendar year.
Harman will be presented with the award at the SAH European Dinner in Paris at the Automobile Club de France on February 3rd, 2015.
Cunningham was also shortlisted for the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year for 2014 and the 2013 International Historic Motoring Awards Publication of the Year!
In honor of this outstanding book, Dalton Watson Fine Books has teamed up with Automodello, the elite producer of diecast collectible auto models, to bring you a very special limited offer!
Now available as a set that combines the Cunningham Regular Edition and a signed and numbered 1954 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet Tribute Edition Model by Automodello.
Patterned on the C-3 once owned by the Cunningham family, the model is two-tone red with a tan interior and a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity, endorsed and signed by Lucie Cunningham, the daughter of the late Briggs Cunningham, is also included.
The regular retail price of both pieces is $504 if purchased separately. Save $105 by purchasing as a set. A perfect holiday gift idea for any auto enthusiast!
"An event early in Briggs Cunningham's life helped shape his lifelong passion for autos and auto racing: As a youngster after World War I, he went street racing with his uncle in a Dodge touring car powered by a Hispano-Suiza airplane engine.
'Yes, I guess you could say my uncle influenced me towards automobiles and racing,' he told author Dean Batchelor for his book Cunningham." - more
Cunningham SmugMug Gallery
We have begun putting together a gallery of Cunningham pictures on SmugMug. The images are categorized under Cunningham Cars, Cunningham People, and Cunningham Sailing.
This is a work in progress, as we hope to receive more images submitted from other Cunningham enthusiasts that we can add to the gallery.
Click on SmugMug to view the gallery so far. Please submit any of your own photos by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a caption and any photo credits.
New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction
November 16, 2014
Briggs S. Cunningham II called Westport, CT home for much of his life. An absolute pioneer in American Sports Car racing, he was a competitor, patron, sponsor, and successful car builder.
Determined to put America on a level with the Europeans, he produced a list of high-performance race cars and competed on the international stage at Le Mans and Sebring, his cars winning at the latter seven (7) times.
NEAR - Hall of Famers John Fitch and Phil Walters were among his drivers. Cunningham family associate Larry Black had the honor of welcoming the late Sports Car Icon to the Hall of Fame. To read the complete tribute speech, click here...
John Cooper Fitch
August 4, 1917 - October 31, 2012
Inventor, Race Track & Highway Safety Innovator, Fighter Pilot, Race Car Driver & Special Friend
John Fitch in a Cunningham C4R at Limerock Park Vintage Festival 1997