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.
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]
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 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.
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]
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.
I'm sad to say we lost Guy Schneider this weekend.
99% of the Yamaha and Horstman Piston Valve races I ran, he was my engine builder, and from 1999-2004, he traveled to the races with Dad and I to tune our karts. He also joined our company in 2001 and stayed on until 2015.
Guy was truly magic behind the wheel. In 1995 alone, he won the WKA Grand Nationals in a Box Stock Yamaha class, and set the Badger Kart Club track records in Yamaha Lite, Yamaha Heavy, Briggs Lite and Briggs Heavy with one Coyote Free Roller chassis that still lives at KMPR.
Despite the fact he'd set a track record, he'd wheel his kart down to tech and leave it there until the end of the day- he wasn't going to race against his customers. He had a code of ethics like I've never seen before or since, much like his late father, Gary.
Guy was an amazing teacher. He was steadfast in his beliefs, and you could count on his advice without question.
He didn't go with the flow of the advice of the Euro kart manufacturers, and believed you could be quick with whatever setup you were comfortable with. We ran the 2002 WKA season with used rear tires, and he didn't question my thinking. When we won the Grand Nationals, there were tears of joy in his eyes.
I'm lost for words beyond that. Guy was an absolute gem, and the best tutor a kid like me could have getting into the sport.
My best to his family and countless friends.