Please fdo reach out to all the old crowd from the FOC. There are so many good stories that come to mind.
1. Bloomer backing over the award cup at Mark Dees.
2. Queener having the choice of driving Starbird's or Earle's car to the first Historics.
3. Me driving Epstien's 250LM for a couple of months.
4. The silver boxer that backed into the out wall at Riverside Turn 9 then declared that the car needed a color change anyway.
5. The pre-Daytona shakedown of the Comp Daytonas - Eastwood, all the Caradines, the Smother Brother that drove, all in attendance for an FOC Riverside gathering.
That is just a start. We had some real fun people in that group.
I think this thread is going to turn into a monster, but a great one.
I'll start getting this to some of the old crowd. I have emails for many and they can send to more.
Of all of the great people back then, Bill Shanbacher gets a special vote from me. He was just such a gentleman and a great guy. Sadly, he was killed in a, I think, Mille Miglia accident a number of years ago.
Others were there for sure, and please don't think I'm trying to list them all, so please forgive any immediate omissions. I know they will come later.
Fo the names that come to mind immediately, first would naturally be my partner in party crimes, Larry Bloomer (and of course Diane).But then there were Larry Crane, Kirk Axtell, Joe Crevier (and Diana), Brad Balles, Jack Stewart, Phil Conte (I think that was his Boxer at Riverside, but we'll find out, I'm sure), Mark Dees, Ed Niles (and Phoebe), Chuck Queener, Steve Earle, Matt Eddinger, Bob Epstein (another madman), Jeff Kennedy, Fred and Rick Knoop, Bruce Meyer, Bruce Sand, Ken Starbird (and Rosie), Gary Brutsch, Sam Drummy, Chris Cord, Stoney Stollenwerck, Lou Sellyea, Walt Ward, June Pruden (later Mrs. Schanbacher), Erich Laetsch,Dick Barbour, Stu Baumgard, Dean Batchelor, Phil Bronner, Harley Cluxton, Bob Donner, George Dyer, Harry Eberlin, Frank Farace, Luke Fratello (and Lea), Larry and Pat Gosh, Bud Keeney, David Kopf, David Love, Kim McCloud, Walt McCune, Larry Menser, Al and Stella Mohr, Gary Snell, Gil Nickel, Paul Pappalardo, Alessandro Pedani, Jess Pourret, Bob Runyan, Mark Schroeder, Bill Schworer, Mike Sheehan, Lyle Tanner, Chuck Thornton, Ron Tonkin, Dan Ward, Don Wasserman, Bill Ziering, Allen Bishop, Alan Bolte, Bobby Carradine, Otis Chandler, Don Corbin, Joe DiLoreto, Clint Eastwood, Peter Helm, Jim McRoberts, Dick Merritt, Otto Zipper, Chuck Reid, Bill Rudd, James and Linda Stone, Steve Tillack, Claudio Zampolli, and many more.
The track days were crazy and the one with Eastwood, the Smothers and Carradines was especially great. At one point, Eastwood was driving his 308 with Milt Minter giving pointers. I passed him in my RHD Fly Yellow 1275S Mini Cooper. Eastwood told me later he was not surprised as he had one in Carmel and knew what they could do.
Although the club had a rule you had to run a Ferrari at a Ferrari track day, they bent it to let me run the Mini at times. The new rule was you had to OWN a Ferrari, but could run something else. This opened the door to some pretty fun and unusual cars.
Bruno Borri, Luciano and Pete with Modena Sport Cars kept many of our cars running. Sadly, Bruno passed away a couple of years ago. Sometime in a coming thread, I'll tell the story of the famous 1979 Daytona run. I was there through the whole thing and took lots of photos. No Hollywood writer would dare write a story like that!
Jeff had some good topics to start.
I'll let Bloomer tell about our converting his 57 Chevy from high school into a Tijuana Taxi and taking it to Mark Dee's beautiful picnic on the grass in front of his wonderful house.
As they say, that's another story....