Phil tells a great story about his in-laws visiting while he and Joanna were road racing at Bryar. After Joanna’s mother passed away, her father remarried. Phil’s new step-mother-in-law, Carlotta, had been brought up very British, very calm, and proper. Carlotta’s father was a British diplomat, so she was accustomed to traveling the world and mingling in high social circles. Phil explains the old Bryar Motorsports Park was literally carved out of a gravel pit and says “the paddock was a giant sandbox, everything got dirty, everything had this patina of dust on it.” Young Becky and Dave were off playing with other kids in the paddock, humorously known as ‘track rats” when riding their bikes in packs.
Phil vividly remembers Carlotta telling him “you should be ashamed of yourself Phil, bringing your children up amongst all these ‘other people’ like this.” Phil says he looked around and responded “yeah I know, I get what you’re saying Carlotta, I mean this guy next to us is a physician, the fellow over there is a lawyer, and I think that man over there is a real estate developer, he’s doing very well for himself. The older fellow parked behind us runs a small business and that young guy over there is a banker.” Phil remembers Carlotta walking away shaking her head as she went. Phil believes the race track’s paddock is a great leveler. He says “we’re like a big family and it’s a great environment for kids. We’re all the same in the paddock, what you do for a living, who you love, what you look like, how big or small your bank account is, it doesn’t matter. We’re all the same at the race track!”