I joined almost 2 years ago, but I had never done an Introduce Yourself until I wrote what's below for another forum several months ago. Anyway, my Gearhead CV is:
As a kid, I watched eventual 2-time Indy winner Gordon Johncock drive supermodifieds at my hometown track before he got to the big time. Other notables at the time were Dick Good, Gordon Dukes and Johnny White who was to become the ROTY at IMS a few weeks before a career-ending sprint car crash. The ’73 USAC Sprint Car Champion was from my home town and our local track was a frequent stop for USAC (still is). Watched the Gary and Larry Show many times, along with Pancho, Tom Biegelow, Bill Puterbaugh and others. I saw George Follmer in the '72 Porsche 917-10 battle Dark Monohue in the ’73 Porsche 917-30/KL at the ’73 Mid-Ohio Can-Am. Saw Thunder on the Maumee with unlimited hydroplanes in ’73 followed by the Formula 1 hydroplanes. I was at the first Michigan 500 at MIS in ’81 when they tried to burn down the pits. Camel GT Series at Charlotte in ’85 and Columbus in ’86 and ’87. Watched John Paul Jr. in a Conte Bros. March Buick turbo T-Bone Bob Akin in a 962 at Charlotte. Scary Stuff. I stood next to Geoff Brabham as he was strapping into the Nissan GTP ZX-T at Columbus. Amazing standing next to a 1,000hp engine idling like a VW Beetle. Saw all of the F-1 and CART races run in downtown Detroit around the Renaissance Center. The Turbo Era in F-1 was AMAZING. Saw Harry Gant pass Brad Teague on the next to the last lap for the Busch win at Darlington ’87. Saw Mel Kenyon flip a midget at the now defunct Santa Fe Speedway (’89 I think). Saw all 3 of Mark Martin’s wins at The Glen. Saw Mike Skinner win the first NCTS race at the ’95 Copper World Classic. Other winners were midgets-Dan Drinan, Silver Crown-Mike Bliss, Southwest Tour-Ron Hornaday and supermodified-Davey Hamilton. WoO at Syracuse in ’95 (Steve Kinser). Saw Max Papis in ’96 come from nearly a lap down to win the Watking Glen 6-Hour in Dr. Moretti’s 333-SP. GREAT sounding car!! CART at Long Beach in ’01. Saw The Cruzer at Ventura in ’02. All Feature card at Irwindale in ’03. Sad that it is now closed; Very Good venue. SuperDirt Week at Syracuse '95, '02 and '03. Saw JJ Yeley win Silver Crown races at Syracuse in ’02 and ’03. Saw Scott Dixon’s and Justin Wilson’s wins at The Glen. Unfortunately not a lot recently as I have been working outside of the country mostly from ’04 to ’11. So far, the only events that I have not witnessed in person are motorcycle racing (any kind: flat track, Moto GP, motocross), drag racing, airplane racing. This is only because I haven't gotten around to it yet. I also used to help a friend take care of his pavement Modified. Sadly, he's passed away now.
Folks that I have been fortunate to meet: Emerson Fittipaldi, John Watson, Dan Gurney, Sir Jack Brabham, Tommy Kendall, Ove Anderson, Phil Hill, Lyn St, James, Rick Mears, Willy T. Ribbs, Bobby and Al Unser, Sr., George Follmer, Derek Bell, Tony AtoZ, Oscar Koveleski, Parnelli Jones, Bobby Rahal, Sam Posey, Vic Elford, Johnny Rutherford; (all of whom have autographed various books of mine), Robin Miller, Ken Tyrrell, Scott Goodyear, Doc Bundy and Larry Nuber (we shared the same home town).
Willow Springs Vintage weekend, '04
MANY Vintage weekends at Watkins Glen
Oval and road course Vintage event at Loudon, '05
Monterey Historics, '05 and '07
Lewis Hamilton & Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen, 2011
Legends Cars – Tioga Speedway
Stock Cars – Petty Driving Experience – Walt Disney World Speedway
Pavement Modifieds – Ken Bouchard’s Drive To Victory Lane – Thompson Speedway
2-cyl, 4-cyl, 5-cyl, 6-cyl; all manual: 4-sp, 5-sp, 6-sp
Highlights: 1972 Honda 600 Coupe, 1970 Lotus Elan +2S, 2009 factory John Cooper Works MINI Clubman
Gearhead? Maybe a little bit…
Edited by flatlander48, 31 December 2012 - 14:40.