Cars have been in my blood as long as I can remember.
My first experience behind the wheel of something with a motor was a go kart my older brothers put me in they tied the throttle wide open and away I went.
My first car was a 1960 Austin Healey Bug-Eye Sprite.I convinced my Dad it would make my Mom a great run around town car.I don’t remember that she ever got to drive it!I drove that car like Jimmy Clark drove his Lotus flat out.
In the early 70’s I was working at a MG-TRIUMPH-JAGUAR-LOTUS-FIAT-TOYOTA store.I had the itch to go racing but at that time you had to be
21 to get a competition license(18 to go to Vietnam but 21 to race go figure).My older brother Tim was just getting out of the service so with the purchase of a “G” production Austin Healey Sprite I became the car owner and Tim became my driver.
Tim went thru two Drivers Schools then on to Regional races and then started racing in National events all with the Sports Car Club of
America.When I turned 21 I started the same process which was a challenge because we both used the same car.One car two drivers tons of
racing lots of fun.
The following year SCCA changed the age requirement to 18 so now my younger brother Jim wanted in on the action.The first time I saw Jim go
thru turn one at Mid America Raceway with out lifting off the throttle I knew I was out of a ride!
In 1974 we teamed with Continental Motors the distributor for Jensen Healey in the Midwest to run in “D” production the latest Huffaker
prepared Jensen Healey. Tim would drive the Jensen Healey and Jim would drive the Austin Healey.
My job was to keep them running.
We ran those cars until the early 80’s when jobs, families ,and reality set in.
Fast forward to 2004.I had the Huffaker Jensen Healey sitting in my basement for all these years and now with my kids college expenses
disappearing it was time to re ignite my racing career.I sent the Healey back to Huffaker for a “refresh” I applied for a competition license
and I was back in business.