Racing Sport Cars
At that time, my sincere and devoted focus on building 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 (SCCA). The car was a Berkeley, a midget front-engined car powered with a motorcycle engine. It was racing, but not as I envisioned or aspired to.
A downturn in the real estate business gave me some free time. Perchance, I encountered a local race car builder and SCCA 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 lifelong 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.
In the fall of 1962 in 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 and Sebring.) I took my Porsche 1600 Normal to the event to challenge the best factory cars and drivers. I won.