Dirk Piz and DGF #005 - Photo at last!
Christopher Siedentop posted this photo on the Vintage Formula Ford Facebook page on Wednesday. At first, we didn't really look at the photo too intensely, but then we saw where the photo was taken: Pueblo, Colorado.
Then we saw a yellow Eagle DGF beak popping out, with the name Dirk appearing on the side of the cowling.
It was the late Dirk Piz, who owned Eagle DGF #005 for around 2 years in the early 1980s.
This is the first shot we've ever seen of him in the car, although we have been looking forever. Piz raced everything, including the Winston West series before he switched over to two-wheeled competition.
Piz died on March 11, 2001 at Daytona International Speedway. Racing a Ducati 748 in the Buell Pro Thunder Sprint race, Piz hit the tire wall entering the Bus Stop chicane, colliding with Kiyoshige Watanabe's bike in effort to miss the downed rider.