SAFEisFAST EXAMINES QUESTION OF “MOVING UP”
As we all know, the road to the top for a driver can often be a very slippery slope. How many times have we seen one small misstep end a very promising career? – just like that.
How do you know when it’s the right time to move up? And when you need a little more seasoning?
To find out, we’ve assembled an all-star panel of drivers, headed by Alex Wurz, Chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers Association and Cliff Dempsey, who mentors the TeamUSA Scholarship participants. A number of young professional drivers offer an array of enlightening observations – Joey Hand, Colin Braun, Lance Stroll, Spencer Pigot, Michael Christensen, Martin Plowman and Kyle Kirkwood.
RRDC President Bobby Rahal admitted, “I wish I could have watched this video before I began my racing career. It might have been a whole lot easier.”
LEGENDARY QUARTET AT RRDC EVENING WITH EMERSON FITTIPALDI
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COBRA PILOTE: THE ED HUGUS STORY
Ed Hugus, an early RRDC member, drove Alfas, Porsches, BMWs, Lotus, Ferraris and Coopers over his 15-year career as a race car driver. He also drove a Cobra at Le Mans in 1963.
This brand new biography devotes considerable space to Hugus’ involvement with Carroll Shelby in the origin of the iconic Cobras. It’s a tale not well known and certainly not detailed as is this work by Robert D. Walker. Hugus’ shop is credited with installing the first half dozen Ford 260 V8s in A.C. chassis for Shelby.
Roughly a third of the book is devoted to Hugus’ role in the construction of those first production Cobras, the circumstances that forced him to end his relationship with Shelby, the development of the Cobra Hugus for the 1963 24-Hours of Le Mans and the race itself.
Cobra Pilote: the Ed Hugus story is available from Dalton Watson Fine Books.
JOHN FITCH PRESENTATION AT IMRRC, MAY 6
Sports car racing legend, engineer and innovator John Cooper Fitch will be the subject of a Center Conversations talk May 6 at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
“The Exciting Life of John C. Fitch” will be presented at 1 p.m. by Fitch historian and archivist Lawrence W. Berman and Fitch friend Bob Sirna.
Fitch’s 1966 Corvair-based Phoenix prototype will be on display for the talk. It is expected to arrive for display at the Center next week.
The afternoon is sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, and is open to all. The Racing Research Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, N.Y. A $5 donation for admission is requested to help defray costs.
The talk will be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/user/IMRRC/live or via the Center’s website at www.racingarchives.org/stream/ and will also be archived on the Center’s You Tube channel to watch in the future.
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