Family, Faith, and Speed.......
My wife works for a major healthcare provider. She's the brains of the operation since she has a Masters in Nursing. Our daughter takes after one of her grandmothers with her passion for music. Really great kid! Even loves aviation, one of my passions, and is looking at a possible career in it.
I'm heavily involved in a variety of volunteer rolls at the Catholic Church we attend. I love speed!!! I'm a pilot, car guy, and ride a Suzuki Hayabusa. 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, 0-100 in 5 although I'll have to take Suzuki's word on that. I love going for rides with friends and enjoy the twisties where my bike really shines. I've been in the cockpits of a DC-8, DC-9, 767, 747, MD-80, and Embraer 190. I spend a week each year volunteering at the EAA flyin in Oshkosh. Love the Thunderbirds (autographed one of my F-16's) and the Blue Angels. Love the roar as they make passes.
Nobody ever has to ask a second time if Mark and I want to attend an event at Road America. For us, the track, located in Elkhart Lake, Wis., is one of the most fun locations we visit in the automotive world. We were among the 80 plus media members from across the country given the opportunity to check out more than 90 new vehicles at the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s (MAMA) annual Spring Rally held May 23-24. Continue reading Road America test drives→
Here in Wisconsin us Cheeseheads love the Green Bay Packers. Want to get on the season ticket list to watch them play at Lambeau Field? Ya right! Get in line behind the other 133,000 that are waiting. So maybe your great great great granddaughter will actually be able to sit in the seats. Just about anything related to the Packers gets snapped up by fans.
In my days covering the team as a sportscaster in Green Bay, I saw all kinds of shrines, even some vehicles that were painted in the team colors, green and gold but never a car owned by a former player like Bart Starr’s 1967 Corvette given to him for being MVP in Super Bowl 1.
When Bart Starr and I were on a first-name basis
On some planets what I had was a dream gig. Covering my favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers, when what amounted to a
god, Bart Starr was the coach. Yup, living large as a television sports reporter in Green Bay, WI. Bart was such a super-nice guy even in the face of loosing seasons. In conversations we had outside the locker room, or offices, at the team headquarters, 1265 Lombardi Avenue, he never brought it up, and he knew I was a car guy. Oh I’ve got stories but this blog entry would go on forever.
Will it go to a Packer fan?
Well now that Vette is for sale and will go to the highest bidder May 19th at the Mecum Auto Auction in Indianapolis. The car was built in June of 1967 and finished at the factory in Goodwood Green. Why would it be any other color? It’s changed hands several times over the years and is listed as unrestored with mostly original paint. It
also comes documented with the tank sticker stating: Courtesy Delivery – B. Starr. There was no value estimate from Mecum on the listing so I picked up the phone and called. They think this C2 will go in the $200,000-$225,000 range. While I never found a Vette with the identical options, I found a couple that were close. One at Hemmings, listed for $135,000, while BringATrailer.com had listings in the upper $60’s. Man I wish I had the cash.
UPDATE: Generating a high bid of $150,000 the car did not sell at the auction so Cheeseheads, you might get another shot at it.
What’s Bart doing now?
He’s been having a rough couple of years with some serious health problems including two strokes, a heart attack, a broken hip, bronchial and sinus infection. At 84 he had several stem cell treatments and his wife Cherry says he gets better every day.
Full disclosure: I’ve been a Jeep guy for a very long time having first driven the SJ Cherokee back in the late 70’s.
I was forwarded on and email from my blogging partner, Mark Savage, who received an invitation from the Jeep people but couldn’t make it to an event. I was all over it and jumped at the chance, along with other media folks, to discover the off roading capabilities on the new JL Wrangler at Cliff’s Insane Terrain Off Road Park in Marseilles, IL.
This latest rendition created a lot of buzz prior to its release earlier this year, maybe even more than the last redesign in 2006. All kinds of speculation about what the JL would have and maybe not have. No worries off roaders, the Jeep guys were all over this from the start. Continue reading 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Muddy Fun→
Being raised in a car family how couldn’t I be? I wasn’t there at the start on March 25, 1966 when the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) kicked it off at Sebring International Raceway but picked it up a couple of years later when American Motors started racing Javelins against the Mustangs, Cameros, Challengers, and Barracudas. There were some great racers like A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Peter Reveson, George Follmer, Swede Savage (no relation to Mark), and Mark Donohue. Since AMC was backing Donohue I got to see and meet him a couple of times when he raced at Road America. Fun times! And then it all sort of went away. Continue reading Trans Am racing on a budget→
Chances are you, or somebody you know, growing up as a child had to take music lessons because mom and dad wanted you to. It could have been the violin, or piano, or french horn. I mention french horn because that is what our daughter Meg learned to play and she Continue reading Car sounds: Music to my ears→
One of my favorite episodes of Fast N’ Loud on Discovery channel is when Richard Rawlings and his friend Dennis Collins (who is also a big Jeep guy) go look at a Shelby Mustang they are looking to buy only to find more Mustangs, one of the Dennis describes as a unicorn. It was one of just a handful made with the exact options he explained. A car that could potentially generate a HUGE return on their investment, in the tens of thousands of dollars. The same situation is true of the plastic promotional model cars only the money is not quite as big. Continue reading Unicorn Promo Models→