We put the spotlight on Alfred Momo in our coming edition. Sadly, today he is just a name and not much is known about the man or what the achieved, and not just for Jaguar. In his time he was hailed an engineering genius.
We have put an enormous amount of time into researching the great Italian/American, and particularly his very long Jaguar association with Briggs Cunningham in New York.
Briggs and Alfred were racing four D-Types at one point, three of which were Long Nose models of which just 11 were built.
On one weekend all three of those Long Nose cars were rolled, taken back to the Queens base – and rebuilt by Momo’s craftsmen but with the now famous Momo fin and nose. The bonnet nose had huge holes for better brake cooling, and the fin had a different profile. Two of them ended up back at Jaguar Cars in Coventry. The other is in the Collier Automotive Museum collection in Naples, Florida, which is now called The Revs Institute and is open to the public.
Just as a little highlight of what we have in the coming edition on Alfred, here is one of the rolled Long Nose D-Types outside the Momo Corporation building, and then both cars can be seen in the race department of that building being rebuilt, and with those changes obvious. The soft roof was to meet U.S. race regulations but were not used.
It is a very important story historically, and I proud that we are publishing it for what I think is the very first time in a Jaguar perspective at least.
I also believe these images have been used by anyone but Jaguar Magazine.
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