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A rare documentary that chronicles the auto-racing partnership between Roger Penske and Mark Donohue will be presented at the Ridgefield Playhouse as a fundraiser for the New England Auto Museum.
"Four Hands on the Wheel," which will be shown May 23 in the Connecticut venue, is a film from the late 1960s that features rare footage of both men racing a wide variety of cars, including the Zerex Special, Corvette Grand Sport and Chaparral as well as Penske Racing entries in Can-Am, Trans-Am, and USRRC.
A panel discussion and silent auction of racing memorabilia and rare photos will follow.
The Penske-Donohue partnership began in the mid-1960s when Penske invited Donohue to join him to race and prepare cars in the USRRC and Can-Am Series out of the Penske Racing shop in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
Penske Racing quickly found success with Donohue, winning consecutive USRRC championships, three SCCA Trans-Am titles, one Can-Am championship, and the Indy 500.
Penske Racing made its mark in auto racing by using high standards of car preparation, presentation and development. It was in those early days that the foundation of the organization was set by a businessman and a reticent engineer, and the film introduces the viewer to the development of what is now Penske Racing.
The evening also will include a display of two Penske cars _ the 1966 Daytona and Sebring-winning L88 Sunoco Corvette, and the 1968 Sunoco Camaro driven by Mark Donohue and Sam Posey.