My father, when he retired, went back to his roots as an Artist. He painted me in my drivers suit. Note the lack of sponsors. LOL
This was my first Baja 1000 race car....it's the only picture that I have of it.
This is a cover of a Saab advertising 2 page brochure. These V4 Saab '96' Rally cars were offer to racers from the factory with rally option. I found this brochure on Ebay when I searched the internet.
Top row on right is a picture inside the Saab brochure of that first race car. They were well built and damn fast for a small engine sedan.
This was the state of the art in off road racing in the early seventies. I fabricated this all aluminum frame, mid engined, 2240cc VW with Hillborn injection at my fathers Machine shop in Encinitas. I personally built the frame, engine , and transmission.
This was an action shot from a Baja 1000. If you click the zoom tool the article can be read.
We would go to the desert east of San Diego to test the latest prep for upcoming races. Jim Buckley is driving the car on this day.
Taken at the Mint 400 race in Las Vegas
This was a writeup in the San Diego Union about the 1972 'Baja 1000' race.
Note the "Rusty Bucket' ,back left. It was a muddy weekend at the 'Borrego 100' back about '73.
During the time of running the two seater I built this Baja Bug from a Karman Ghia. This car was widened ten inches and built solely for the short course stadium races. It was the first Baja Bug built only for short courses. It was called the 'Karman Gorilla'.
I raced the LA Coliseum twice and won one of them. That race had Rick Mears in the field.
Taken at Saddleback park near El Toro, Ca. This car was fast for a couple years. It either won, or it broke. By far it was the most successful car that I ever built and raced.
This was a test day in it's pre race life. This was taken out back of Encinitas Ca. in '75. This area has been fully developed for 25 years now.
Another test day out back of Encinitas.
We trailer up to Colorado Springs to race a short infield race at a defunct horse racing track. It was the only time that I raced against Roger Mears.
Trailered up and ready to go racing
These scalawag rapscallions were good friends that worked very hard to keep me racing.....and they were good beer drinker, too.
That was my idea of a pit vehicle. I got it out of a junk yard, put a 390 motor in it and a two speed rear end. I made some trips to Baja with this bus. It now sits in a camp ground near San Felipe, Baja.
Good times in the pit bus with an old friend.
The 'Rusty Bucket' and Steve Horvath's Renault buggy on a Pre-run in Baja.
Pre-running on a particularly muddy day at Ocotilla Well, Ca.
Steve and I reminiscing just a couple days ago (April 17, 2010). Steve is the 5th or 6th owner of the 'Rusty Bucket first built in 1971. None of us know of an older, or uglier, buggy. Stevo has camoed it, just perfect for the 'Bucket. :)
I built the 'Bucket' in one weekend, when I approached the starting day of one Baja 1000. I had to go pre-running. What a great old buggy.
I built this car and one just like it for two doctors in our area. Both these guys raced for a few year, and each died from non race causes early in their lives. These two cars were the first example of VW bodies being lifted off the VW frame pan, and a frame stiffener added.
This is an action shot in the heart of the Baja Peninsula. About '72. Funny thing is, this doctor didn't know how to drive a stick shift when I put him in this car, but he learned how quickly.
These guys were a few friends of mine who were dedicated VW off road racers. They were called the North County Rats. This car was built along with the other two Baja Bugs in '72. The car's name was 'Tar Baby' and enjoyed a long and hard life with substantial success. RIP, Johnny May on the left, his wife Pattie and the Rocariche Jones on the right.
I raced this Baja Bug for a couple years with my tripple shock kit on it to promote my shock kit.
I hooked up with the editor of 'Four Wheeler' magazine to prepare and race this Toyota Land Cruiser in the off road circuit. We were quite lucky to win it's inaugural race in the 'Baja 1000' race in 1973.
That's Bill Sanders, the editor of Four Wheeler Magazine, on the right. He talked Toyota out of this Land Cruiser and $300. I had a month to convert this to a race car. Like Larry the cable guys says, "We got 'er done".
Butch Roland driving the Lang Cruiser at the Riverside Raceway.
Bill Sanders and I raced this Jeep in about '78. Bill Stroppe built/prepaired it to Race the Baja 1000. Bill's driving here just south of Puertecitos. I replace Bill south of Bajia de Los Angeles for the second half.
Bill Sanders driving this CJ7 at a race north of Vegas....maybe '78
A friend and I built this trike in about '72. It was a blast. It was state of the art at that time.
That was a good looking Trike.
Those were the good old days. I have no Idea how we survived back then. It's the lucky that live.
Very sand capable and street legal to boot. It was the best of all worlds....but very hard to insure back then.
This is 4 of the 7 trikes that I built. We rode to Ensenada for an over nighter.
Great in the sand dunes
And then there was this trike, built in the late '70s. Street legal and good in the dirt.
We were having a good time in Mexico. Can you see the bugs on our teeth?
This is a tripple shock set up for a VW sedan or Baja Bug that I marketed in the early '70s.
This unlimited two seater that I sunk 10000 dollars into in '76 was in the mix at one time. Today the fast cars cost 10 to 20 times that much.
We ran this two seater for probably 5 years with three different owners. We tried a lot of things on this car with very little success. We were being seriously out dollared. That big yellow shock looking thing was an air ram that I built, and was just an additional spring.
2 seater in action
I've been riding motorcycles since 1993. I worked out a way to take my Dualsport bike to Death Valley with me. It's beautiful out there. So far, I've put about 15000 miles on towing my dirt bike.
This is a heli rotor blade tuning gage and trim tab tweaker. I made and sold 5 or six of these while on one of my get rich quick schemes. $1500 each. I copied an existing tool.
This is High end rail that a partner and I made to go in a house in Denver.
We flew to Denver and took measurements...then went home and made this railing, and went back and installed it.
Here we are at home mocking up that railing.....and hoping it would fit when we got to Denver.
This another railing and stairway job.
I had 2 partners in a high rise stairway company. The company lasted for 3 or 4 years.
I worked for a sculpturist for 15 years with some fantastic projects. She was the brains and I was the blacksmith.
That gal built this foam doll for a TV show that never hit the air. I built a mechanism in the head that would remotely open and close the mouth, and move the eyes up and down and sideways.
Here's six of my rat cage modules. I had 43 of these at the peak of my rat growing. Each module would grow 700 weened rats a month.