Maslin modified the Dolphin Junior design by increasing the track from 47 to 51
inches. A sports racing body was created by taking a
fiberglass mold from Maslin's Lotus
rear section and adding
fenders to the International's nose. The latter innovation resulted in the somewhat
radical Ferrari Testarosa look that excited aficionados of the day.
The sports racer was dubbed the Dolphin America
and began to
be produced along with the International. The first
car was powered by a 750cc Coventry Climax engine. An 1100cc
Climax-powered car followed which was campaigned with great
success by West Coast driver Ron Cole.
The most successful Dolphin America
was powered by a
750cc SOHC Abarth. This car, in the hands of
Parkinson, was driven to the H Modified National
Championships in 1964 and 1966.
"In 1962, Phil Binks and his brother-in-law George Kendall
built this [ Dolphin America #75 on the right] from a kit from Dolphin Engineering in San
Diego. They powered it with a 1.0 liter pushrod
Abarth motor salvaged from an
Abarth Zagato that George rolled at Riverside. One of
the two men have been racing the it ever since.
John Crosthwaite engineered the Dolphin. He previously worked for both Lotus and
Cooper. He gave the Dolphin Lotus
style fenders and the Formula Junior style nose inspired by the
from the Speed Channel coverage of the 2004
Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca.