Mad about racing and cars
My name is Dave the Racerhead. I got hooked on racing as a pre-teen after seeing a photo of the Ford GT winning LeMans in 1966 with a 1-2-3 finish. This was also the golden age of slot car racing, and there were two slot car tracks within easy walking distance from where I lived (on a historic highway). It was instant love. Racing on the brain.
I was racing slots (and painting lots of them in HO scale) for quite some time until one day RC cars happened. They made engine noises and smelled like fuel. What more could you want? I was racing 70mph 1/8th scale RC cars all over the place and painting lots of them.
One of my slot buddies was into time trials on race courses. He took me on a frightening and memorable lap or two in a Corvair at Bridgehampton, the race track that was on the tip of Long Island. A historic track where Trans-Am and Can-Am cars played. It was great.
Making noise and wearing real racing stuff
One of my RC racing friends decided to try karting at the local kart track. I discovered that karts were cheaper to run than my RC cars and I could sit in it. I ended up racing at tracks like Road Atlanta (top). Each lap at Road Atlanta is frightening and memorable and exciting.
All the while I was starting a collection of 1/43 scale racing replicas. This was early days of the hobby and so Solido and Vitesse were big names in the hobby. The collection is a relatively modest 700 or so, of which I’ve now built around 40 from kits offered by Marsh, Formula, Starter, Provence Moulage, SRC, Esdo and MA Scale.
I’m delighted to share our mutual hobbies now that I’m an ex-racer.
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the racerhead dossier
the racer: Two years racing a short track sprint kart, 15 years of 100mph roadrace karting.
Tracks kart-raced: Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen,
Summit Point (main track and Shenandoah),
VIR (North Course), Pocono Raceway (full road circuit),
New Hampshire International, Bryar, NJMP (both tracks),
Westhampton Kart Track, Oakland Valley Kart Track.
Rental karts, indoors: GPNY, F1 Boston, and London;
outdoors in Orlando and Tampa.
Car track days: Lime Rock, Bridgehampton,
Spa Francorchamps (It was great. Read more)
Autocross: Metro NY area
the spectator: USAC Champ Cars at Trenton Speedway, Pro Formula Atlantic at Bridgehampton, Donohue in the 917/30, Villeneuve in the rain at Watkins that mythic day, Hunt in the Hesketh and Greenwood in his Vette at Watkins, crazy-fast GTPs at Lime Rock, Posey and Stuck in factory CSLs at Lime Rock, Sebring 12hr, LeMans 24hr, BTCC at Oulton Park, Chaparral 2K at Watkins, CART at the Meadowlands, Indycar roadrace at Indy, NASCAR short track at Riverhead, NHRA at Englishtown, plus….. (I may be old[er], but I saw the good stuff)
the racer-hobbyist: Slot cars, RC cars (1/8 and 1/12 gas) and 1/43rd scale race car collector/kit builder.
the racing collector: Around 35 hanging art pieces, 2 racing tire “tables”, a couple of Goodyear blimps and a Transformer that turns into a Porsche 962 .
the model car dealer: Formerly, that is. From 1989-1995 and from time to time thereafter.
the human: I found time to get married and sire four children. Go figure.