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Thread: Earliest known Pilot car found/photographed

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    Nick, I think I speak for all of us here when I say it's really a blessing to have you part of our community. The stories you share are one of a kind and truly unique.

    Thanks again, and I look forward to anything else you are able to share regarding this pilot car.

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    There might not be a more appropriate place on earth to do heat testing than Yuma... and I never imagined that I'd hear that one horse town associated with Delorean history in any way. The Bosch and Lotus representatives must have felt like they had landed on another planet.

    It would have caused a sensation among the locals to know the car was there for testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamHill View Post
    There might not be a more appropriate place on earth to do heat testing than Yuma... and I never imagined that I'd hear that one horse town associated with Delorean history in any way. The Bosch and Lotus representatives must have felt like they had landed on another planet.

    It would have caused a sensation among the locals to know the car was there for testing.
    They still do most of the new car R+D testing at Yuma proving ground. They have a real long oval test track. When I was there last year there was a car running the track. My work there was for aircraft telemetry but the track was near the site I was at in the middle of the desert.
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    Photo graph Pilot 9

    DMC 12 with PJF Hot TestingPF.jpgI have received permission from Paul Fricker to print details of his involvement in the DMC and to publish a photograph of Pilot 9 under test .Paul was involved in the development of the PRV engine at Lotus later he transferred for a short while to Dunmurry. The hot test activity was undertaken by Paul and Edwin Smuck of Bosch in late 1980 in Yuma. The photograph attached shows Paul during a rest period with the car. The photograph is the copyright of Paul Fricker.
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    Thanks for getting the permission and posting Nick!
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    Wow! That car is historical for sure and needs to be saved by someone with very healthy bank account.

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    Thank you for sharing this picture with us.

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    Interesting that if it's as early as it's number would indicate, it does have toll-booth windows. I know other pilots with higher designations still had sliding glass. That side mirror is something else.

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