Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Essex Connecticut
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,839
Finding my fathers freinds
Recently reading about the loss of a local track owner Bill Scott (summit point) makes me remember my father lost to an on track incident at Limerock Park in 1963. It appears that my father and Bill may have shared some asphalt. They were of the approximate same age, both attended Yale, and both shared a passion for racing. My father, Lee Baker, was the flag marshall for the SCCA New York region. He passed on July 3rd when the Lotus he was in left the track.
I was but 3 years old at the time and therefore never really knew my father. My mother remarried 2 years later and never discussed the incident on track or virually any part of my fathers storied life. How nice it would be to meet up with someone that knew him to listen to a story or 2. I've tried with Sam Posey, Skip Barber, and Jim Haynes but none recall him specifically.
With Bill's passing, it occurs to me that I have potentially missed another source and opportunity to learn something of my father. I wonder if others on this forum may have some recolllection of the times spent at Watkins Glen, Bridgehampton, or Limerock back in the early 60's that may include memories of him.
Here's some detail that may help jog a memory. Presented to my father immediately prior to the fateful incident on July 3rd. To me it indicates a profound respect and love for him by the presenters. It hangs proudly in my office as one of the very few momento's I have. He was a graduate of Yale in 1953, an Engineer at IBM, and the father of a 3 year old son and a 4 year old daughter. He drove a Sunbeam Alpine and lived in Southern Connecticut.
Being the owner of a Ferrari, I too suffer the affliction of a passion for all things fast. I spent many an adolecent summer in the 70's camped in the outfield of Limerock and hanging around the paddock with great men like Newman, Posey, Donahue, Gregg. I continue to visit the park a few days every year to enjoy the most interesting events including ALMS, Rolex, IMSA, and SCCA activities. Having being given the opportunity to cruise the track on a few occasions as a passenger and participant in "parade Laps", I have turned each opportunity down. I find it difficult to balance the desire to participate with my melancholly recollections. Either way, I'm sure it would be difficult to pay attention.
Previous owner of 348ts SS #64, Now Ferrariless
Last edited by Saint Bastage; 12-10-2009 at 06:39 AM.