Phil Remington REM Remembered


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PHIL REMINGTON “REM” Remembered by his friends.

As Carroll Shelby said many times, “There probably wouldn’t be any Cobra stories without Phil Remington”. The content of this book is a tribute to Phil Remington. It is a collection of reminiscences sent in by colleagues and friends who agreed to share their personal stories of the man they universally admired, respected and honored. He shared his incredible craftsmanship, knowledge, and mechanical genius with generosity and patience to those of us smart enough to pay attention. Phil Remington was born on January 21, 1921 in Santa Monica, California. By the time he was in his teens he had developed a strong attraction to automobiles. Remington was the main engineering force behind all of Shelby American’s racing endeavors until the late sixties when, for all practical purposes, Shelby’s racing involvement ended. A short stint at Holman and Moody preceded employment at Dan Gurney’s All American Racers where Remington became a major factor in AAR’s successes for more than forty years. Successes included many Indy car victories with an Indianapolis 500 victory as well as numerous IMSA wins and championships. I know that Dan Gurney would also attest to this fact: wherever Phil Remington worked, he became the heart of the successes that came to his employers and teammates. “His strong point is his incredible intuitive feel for machinery. When there is a problem, by the time other people realize it, he’s already made six fixes.” It was this natural affinity for all things mechanical that allowed Rem to out distance his contemporaries and surpass his mentors. Simply put, as he gained experience he had no equal. A 35 minutes interview DVD is included with the book.