In the fall of 1962 in nearby Jacksonville, Florida, a large autocross was held. The Brumos factory Porsche team was there in force along with mechanics and race vans. (Brumos was soon thereafter purchased by Peter Gregg and went on to become the all-time leader in victories at Daytona, Sebring, and other (a viable and profitable business interfered with my hopes of racing sports cars; I had neither the time nor the money. Fortuitously, a close friend agreed to let me drive his race car to attend a race driver’s school sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America. The car was a Berkeley, a midget front-engined car powered with a motorcycle engine. It was racing, but not as I envisioned nor aspired to.
A downturn in the real estate business (I essentially went broke) gave me some free time. Perchance, I encountered a local race car builder and Sports Car Club of America champion driver, Rick Cline. He made me an accommodating proposal to rent a competitive race car, a Triumph Spitfire. Finally, I was able to commit to my life-long dream. I attended mandatory Driver’s School. My performance was so exceptional that I received a trophy as best in the school. Not requiring further instruction, I was off and racing.
(Cannonball Run paragraph)
In a Spitfire I became the Southeast Regional Champion for SCCA for 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and National Champion for 1978 (read my story, LINK Triumphant Spitfire). We set lap records at courses in Gainesville, Palm Beach, Savannah,and Charlotte. My racing agenda expanded to include racing licenses for IMSA and FIA and races at Sebring (7th in class in 1977 – Lotus Europa) and Daytona 24 Hour (Lancia Stratos).
I raced the new Mille Miglia event in Italy twice in the ex-Taruffi 1951 Ferrari 340 America (highest finish by American driver in 1984). With my wife as co-driver, I raced the idiotic, 9000-mile, 26-day TransAmazon Rally, finishing second in the two-wheel drive class in a specially prepared Honda. I continued SCCA racing and Vintage racing, driving Lotus 23 (ex-Jimmy Clark) and Lotus 26, among other competition cars and motorcycles to include those already mentioned plus SCCA Spec Racers, Formula 2000, a lowly Ford Pinto (in several SCCA endurance events, finishing all). I even managed to break several ribs on a Yamaha YZ125 dirt bike.