AUTO RACING IS ONE OF THE RARE SPORTS WHERE A COMPETITOR FACES DEATH EVERY TIME BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE RACE CAR. 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.
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 BAYSIDE PORSCHE 962, MY BRE 240-Z, AND MY BUG-EYE SPRITE. TOTALLY DIVERSE RANGING FROM THE BUG-EYE'S 150 HP TO THE PORSCHE'S 750 HP, FROM THE BUG-EYE'S TOP SPEED OF JUST OVER 100 MPH TO THE PORSCHE'S TOP SPEED IN EXCESS OF 200 MPH.
WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD CHASERS
A favorite that I regret ever selling, BRE 240-Z
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. Dan gave me a serious glance and said nothing, but Carroll's comment was simple: "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 mentor until his passing. I enjoyed numerous lunches with him in the 1990's at his Torrance facility where Cobra chassis were still on the shop racks.