Augie Pabst in original Scarab, 2007
The iconic and beautiful, original front-engine Scarabs had a successful racing history beyond originator, Lance Reventlow. After his foray into racing, Lance converted the left-hand drive Scarab into a street car, put the two right-hand drive Scarabs up for sale.
Initially, one of the Scarabs was purchased and raced by Nickey Chevrolet. The other was sold to the Chairman of the Board’s son at the Peter Hand Brewery, Chicago. As Preston Lerner states in his book, Scarab: Race Log of an All-American Special : “Harry Heuer was his name, and he was to do more to promote the Scarab legend than anybody, besides Lance Reventlow himself.”
Bit by the racing bug, and in search of a competitive car, Harry obtained the first Scarab by answering Lance’s simple ad in Road and Track magazine: “1958 Team Car for Sale”. Although closely associated to the Peter Hand Brewery, he needed to twist a few arms on the board of directors to end up with the financing and sponsorship needed to field a Meister Brauser Racing Team. In addition to the arm twisting, he also promised them a championship every year, a promise he kept by winning consecutive national championships in 1959 and 1960.
The Scarab would represent the company racing under the Meister Brauser banner. With Augie Pabst as driver, he immediately took off where Reventlow had ended the previous year. An overall first in the rain, at an SCCA regional race held at Milwaukee’s tortuous road course, provided the Peter Hand organization with its first victory. Two weeks later, Pabst won again at Meadowdale. The third race, in Vaca Valley, California, was no different, with another outstanding Meister Brauser victory against Ferraris and Porsches. Running for team Meister Brauser, the Scarabs were incredibly successful during the 1959 and 1960 race seasons. Harry Heuer was still able to win the SCCA B-Modified championship in 1961, against the “superior” mid-engine European racers. It was very apparent that the Meister Brauser Race car, in the hands of Augie Pabst, would create an impressive, successful racing history, along with other notable drivers, including Jim Jeffords, Harry Heuer, and Carroll Shelby, who won the Continental Divide race convincingly, as he led the 100 miles race from start to finish.
It doesn’t get much better than an all-American lineup, which is exactly what the Meister Brauser Scarab represents: American designer, builder, engine, owner, racer, winner. This is an American icon. Reserve your limited edition today.