Thanks for reaching out and reminding me that I’ve been a member for 50 years! And yes, I’m sure we met at some point over the years.
Of course, I started my motorsport odyssey by hitchhiking from Boston to the old Thompson, for a regional race, probably in 1970 or 1971. I was picked up by a guy towing a Triumph Spitfire who was racing that weekend, so I thanked him by helping as extra crew. Can’t remember who that was!
I then joined the Club and started working as a Paddock Marshall, and helping various friends who were racing. I also roped in my good friend Chris Yerkes, who was trained as an EMT, and he became head of the Medical Squad. I recall he bought an old panel van and fixed it up to be the NER Ambulance. Good times.
I finally started racing in Formula Ford in 1974, first with a Winklemann WDF4, then a Titan Mk6B in 1975, and then a Lola T-340 in 1976. I finished third in the NERRC championship in 1976, but had a bad crash at Lime Rock that put me in a wheelchair and on crutches for 5 months. That ended my “serious” aspirations about being a racing driver.
I went onto graduate school, started on a career, got married, had a family and got absorbed by work and life in general. I kept my hand in by instructing at BMWCCA driving schools, and then began to get back by competing in the Car & Driver One Lap of America in 1992, 1994 and 1995, winning the Vintage Imported Class in a BMW M1. That started my desire to get back into racing through vintage and historic events.
I started vintage racing in 1999 with a 1967 Chevron BMW B6, winning the SVRA Enduro Championship in 2002. I then got a 1978 March BMW 782 Formula 2 car, and won the Monoposto F70 Formula 2 Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Next I purchased the ex-Villeneuve 1975 March Cosworth 75B Formula Atlantic car, and am still racing it to this day.
I could go on and on, but the memories are plentiful and oh-so pleasant. I recently reconnected with a bunch of the old Formula Ford guys during the 50th Anniversary year, long timers like John Herne, Steve Nickless, Paul Pfanner, Bob Goeldner, David Kaplan, Mike Rand, Bruce MacInnes and many more. Those were definitely the good old days!
All the best to everyone at NER!