It's lonely up front Thanks for sharing Bob. Good to see someone driving that car, it's too good of car to not be raced. Did Dick sell it, or just letting other folks drive it.
Dick still owns it and does all engine building, just at 85yo, he's taking a slight step back. He raced it at PittRace in the beginning of the month. Never on that track before, and it's a tough one to learn. Not much seat time the last few years, plus all the shortened sessions at that event, but he dropped 5 seconds every session and had his fastest lap on his last lap there. Three more seconds and he would have been the fastest 4 cylinder Triumph. Finished 7th in the Kastner Cup of 30 cars, picking up 7 places on the first lap and had a good battle with a GT6 and Jerry Barker in his Herald.
Kyle's dad was a long time customer of Dick's, so he's known him since he was 6yo.
We kept yelling at him to get back in his chair as we worked on the car. His response was "being a car owner ain't all that bad".
This is pretty cool...
Top: Dick leading a Super 7 at Vineland Speedway, 1965 Below: Kyle leading a Super 7 at NJMP this past weekend in the same car. NJMP is ~10 miles from the old Vineland Speedway and its spiritual successor.
Here is Dick at PittRace a month ago
At 85, he's very happy just being out there and seeing old friends at the races. Having started his racing career in 1956, I don't he has anything left to prove.
I'll also add VRG threw on an awesome event! I believe ~210 cars were registered. The SCCA Majors the week before had I think it's best turnout in a while and was at 230. Big 30+ car fields, what's not to like?