THE WAY WE WERE…

johnadamContributed by John Adam, UCR Historian (from Provinz  June 2015 page 8)

 

25 Years Ago

Kye Wankum graduated from our Introductory Driver’s School. A sad note covered the passing of old friend Brian Hardacre. Parade was in Monterey, CA. DE events were single days and cost $75. It seems that a track dog ate the gourmet lunch of Botho von Bose at one of the early events. Bruce Farrow formalized a track operations group with names assigned to specific positions. The Rothmans-Porsche Turbo Cup race series showed a list of seven races, including a 24-hour race at Mosport. Bruce Farrow was selling a lot of parts.

20 Years Ago

A DE weekend was $195. Shift Into Spring was huge and included a Harley Davidson fashion show. Karl Thompson was a “DE track virgin”, later to become a racing entrepreneur. Super Dave Osborne wrote about fuel injector cleaning at Rupert Bramall’s shop. I remember having that done too. Parade was in Portland, OR. Mike Tamblyn went on about consistency while on track.

15 Years Ago

I was reminded that my old fried Colin Black is now a 30-year member and Geoff McCord is a 40-year member. Geoff was our first club president. Jim Kenzie was speaker at our monthly Social. Driver Ed Weekends were $220. Parade was in Sacramento, CA. Fun Runs were a big deal. Andy Wright went on about Left Lane Loonies on his way from Florida in an RV. Le Circuit Mont Tremblant was closed for renovations all season. David Langton completed a two-part article on his Daytona Rolex 24-hour race weekend visit. Joel Reiser had an entry in the race. Various members attended back in those days. John Van Atter was promoting a September wine event. Lindsay Gillespie wrote an engaging article about his past personal Porsches. We should have more of those.

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