A Bavarian Gem
A BMW M12/7 F2 valve cover, as plucked out from under a workbench that was lost to time. Thanks to Mark Hoyer and Sam Smith for identifying this once world-beating item.
You were the best coach a kid like me could have had.
You didn't tell me what to do, or tell me what I did wrong, you let me find out the wrong way and then ask you questions that led me to the answer.
And then we went faster. And then came the trophies, and the titles. And the memories.
You were-and-are a legend, and with every lap I've run since I was 11, you were a part of the ride.
You will continue to be.
The Elden has landed...
Dad and Bill Frank got to Corning in 10 hrs and 54 minutes last night- a new record for our ventures to the Finger Lake region.
The Elden unloaded in good order this morning and looks perfectly at home in the International Motor Racing Research Center. I think Michael would have agreed.
[Josh Ashby Photo]
Lotus 7 #SB1290: Paul Jay Time
Today, PJ fixed a slice of the Seven that has been flawed since a run-in with an earth bank at Goodwood on July 7, 1962.
Wait until you see his new upper shock mounts. Chunky would have been envious of this brilliant man.
The 2004 WKA Grand Nationals
The 2004 WKA Grand Nationals at Badger Kart Club- Guy, Grahm and Gage after a successful Kid Kart run.
My thoughts are with those two- he was so proud of his kids.
Guy was rattled when Gage crashed into a pole at Jacksonville in 2001, but when it turned out all he did was slide into the steering shaft and go 'ouch' his concern quickly turned into the mischievous giggle that could come out when something humorous occurred.
Somehow this was 18 years ago, but it feels like yesterday. It was an honor to know him, an honor to race under his guidance and to fly the GS Racing flag on the national level.
Guy and I with our hardware earned during the 2002 WKA Manufacturer's Cup and Midwest Sprint Series season. One Grand Nationals title, one National title and one Midwest title after ten events run.
All done with a borrowed BRM DK2 chassis no one seemed to care for, and a used Horstman motor someone else didn't think was capable of winning, but was massaged and turned into a diamond by Guy, because thats what he did.
My terribly dyed blonde hair was easily worth .2 as well.
The Elden Returns to Watkins Glen
Michael Argetsinger's former Elden PH10B takes off this week for Watkins Glen. I'm sorry we didn't get it on track this crazy year, but I think it'll surprise some people in 2023 after its winter stay at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
In retrospect, I think Elden's image in the US was affected by the fact we Americans ran this little delightful cars on slicks rather than treaded tires in-period, when they were designed for the treaded tires that the class ran so perfectly on in the UK.
The short wheelbase and quick steering rack probably didn't mesh well with sticky slicks. I've seen many-a-bent Elden in my day.
... but in the world of vintage where treaded tires are the name of the game, I think we have a Historic Ford that might be an absolute contender in the years to come.
[Bill Nesius Photography]
The Jacques and Guy Show
When we were at Jacksonville, Florida's 103rd St. track in 2000, the announcer said that I was Canadian, and thus, some folks thought Guy was too.
I looked at Guy and said, we're nice, but we aren't that nice.
Too many laughs were had between us during those years. Smiles weren't always caused by race wins, but the shared experience and the ability to see past the race track.