AUTO RACING IS ONE OF THE RARE SPORTS WHERE COMPETITORS FACE DEATH EVERY TIME BEHIND THE WHEEL. SAFETY EQUIPMENT HELPS DRIVERS SURVIVE CRASHES, BUT FATALITIES STILL HAPPEN.
AUTO RACING IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE MOST INTENSE COMPETITIONS MAN ENGAGES IN, REQUIRING TOTAL DEDICATION, COMMITMENT, PRECISE PREPARATION AND CONSTANT DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAR, THE EQUIPMENT AND THE DRIVER. SPONSORSHIP AND SUFFICIENT CAPITAL IS ALSO A CRITICAL COMPONENT FOR RACING SUCCESS.
AUTO RACING HAS NO MARGIN FOR ERROR. I FEEL PRIVILEGED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DRIVE THE VARIOUS RACE CARS I HAVE OWNED AND THOSE OWNED BY ASSOCIATES. MY FAVORITES REMAIN THE PORSCHE 962, MY BRE 240-Z, AND MY BUG-EYE SPRITE. TOTALLY DIVERSE CARS RANGING FROM THE BUG-EYE'S 150 HP TO THE PORSCHE'S 750 HP, FROM THE BUG-EYE'S TOP SPEED OF JUST OVER 110 MPH TO THE PORSCHE'S TOP SPEED IN EXCESS OF 220 MPH.
WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD CHASERS
BRE 240-Z. My favorite race car I'll always regret selling,
The two men responsible for my becoming a driver, Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney. In Gurney's shop I asked what I needed to do to become a racing driver - I was 18. Dan gave me a serious glance and sized me up, Carroll's simply commented: "You're a shitty driver now, kid. Get yourself a cheap-ass race car and learn to drive. If you get good you'll keep getting better cars. Good luck, kid." Life lesson learned - Tell it like it is. Carroll became a dear and respected mentor until his passing when I got reacquainted with him. Offices only 2 miles apart, we ended up having lunch about once a month while I ran Sprint's Gardena office. His response to my asking why those chassis and and spare body parts were sitting there: "People are stupid and crash their cars. We help 'em prepare for their next crash." RIP Carroll.