Journal

"The Don"
(Don Pike, Horst Kwech and John Morton) The scene is from a photo shoot at Riverside International Raceway toward the end of the 1971 race season. It was for an upcoming article by Road & Track where they compared three...
The best race ever! (IMHO)
Few racing scenes, if any, capture the competitiveness of small bore sedan racing in the early 1970’s as this one at Laguna Seca. It was the last race of the 1971 Trans-Am 2.5 Sedan Challenge season and it came down...
The pace lap at the 1970 SCCA American Road Race of Champions
You can almost hear the roar of the engines as the race cars bunch up 2 x 2 for the opening pace lap at the 1970 SCCA American Road Race of Champions at Road Atlanta. As you can see, the...
BMW 1600 race car that was built by Auto Sport by JIRI in the summer of 1972
This BMW 1600 race car that was built by Auto Sport by JIRI in the summer of 1972. It was originally campaigned by Dave Nicholas and John Magee with a beautiful yellow/black Alpina style livery with pig cheek fender flares...
Celebrate Historic B-Sedan racing with a sideways Cortina and a BMW 2002 at Marlboro Raceway in 1967
Let’s celebrate Historic B-Sedan racing with a sideways Cortina (notice for sale sign) and a BMW 2002 with license plate and steelies at Marlboro Raceway in 1967. While this was not an U2L Trans-Am race but an SCCA regional B-Sedan...
Celebrate Historic B-Sedan racing at the Michigan Speedway on May 11th 1969
Celebrate Historic B-Sedan racing at the Michigan Speedway on May 11th 1969. These series of pics involve the Brumos Porsche 911. Peter Gregg comes in for a pit stop. The car is being refueled by 2 team members - the...
The History and Owners of the Hyde Park BMW 2002 #34
The saga begins with Jack Fredricks who owned a Toyota dealership in Los Angeles in the mid 1960’s. One day he was approached by a representative from BMW who asked if he would consider opening a BMW dealership on the...
Horst was the Kwech-est in ‘66
(Horst Kwech: November 28, 1937 - December 28, 2019) It was 1965, the year I was born, and thanks to the efforts of SCCA’s presiding President, John Bishop, there was now a platform for small bore under two-liter sedans (U2L)...
If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Try Again
On September 6th I headed to the Jiffy Trucking headquarters in Redding CA for my second attempt at obtaining my Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). In case you did not read the story I wrote back in July where I failed...
Hot Wheels Comes to Life
I am often asked how my BMW 2002 became a Hot Wheels with the Eibach livery. Well, it all started with a photo of my rocker panel while in the paddock at Willow Springs raceway for a VARA racing event...
A2Z and #1
(Photo credit to Dave Nadig: Tony won 6 out of 10 Trans-Am races in 1968) The racing stories from the early days of SCCA Trans-Am and amateur B-Sedan racing never fail to impress me. One driver in particular, Tony Adamowicz...
It’s Been Said, Never Meet Your Heroes.
But that has not been the case for me when it came to meeting two of my motor sports heroes: Phil Hill and Steve Walker. I had the pleasure of meeting Phil Hill in 2001 when he was the celebrity...
Getting a CDL Ain’t Easy
I just spent the last 2 1/2 days in an intensive, one-to-one instruction course from Jiffy Trucking in 100-degree Sacramento heat prepping for the driving portion of California Commercial Class A Driver’s License (CDL). Why you ask? Well…during the past...
1965 Slate Gray/Red 911 B-Sedan
Have you ever reflected on life and realized it’s so good you couldn’t have predicted it or made it happen on your own? For sure that is how I feel about my wife and daughter, but to say that about...
Alfa GTV Restoration, Part I - Love Thy Neighbor
It was a 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV that was sitting in my next-door neighbor's backyard for 20 years. Greg Higham was my neighbor and friend. He is a car guy like me but unlike me, he was actually pretty deep...
SVRA Sonoma/Laguna Seca 2021
With Sonoma and Laguna Seca in my rear-view mirror, my thoughts are now focused on what happened in the paddock rather than on the track. Even though I finished on the podium for all the races (2 at Sonoma and...
Alpina 2002 Tribute Build
When one of my good friends and fellow B Sedan racer, Keith Lippiatt, approached me to discuss a livery change for his vintage BMW 2002 race car (#83), I was quick to share design ideas for a build that I...
The First Race
To say I was nervous would be an understatement. It was Willow Springs, it was cold, and I had zero wheel-to-wheel racing experience. What could go wrong?Fortunately, VARA holds a class on Friday and Saturday night. It’s for the rookies...
The Journey Begins
After attending the Monterey Historic races for years, I told my wife I want to go from the spectator seats to the last car on the track. That was in August of 2015. In January of 2016, I was sitting...
What's a B Sedan?
Most people associate a sedan as a passenger car with front and back seats, which the automotive industry refers to as a three-box configuration. The first compartment is the engine, the second is the cabin for passengers and the third...