Dick Brashear -- 3

Dick at Laguna Seca, June 9-10, 1962.

"I had previously tightened the differential bolts (leaking oil) and was checking to see if any more was leaking after practice.  It looks more like I'd taken up an eastern religion, or something.

The infield and pits have changed a bit, haven't they. The whole course is different now (a bit slower with the new turns added). If it was then like it is today, John probably wouldn't have destroyed his Lotus 30 (not this race, but the next year, I think) hitting the bridge at such speed. I was there and it was a pretty scary weekend."

Great tow car!  Dick on his way to Laguna Seca for the June 9-10, 1962 event.
From Dick:  "This might have been the last race for me and the Testa Rossa. I know that the next year I raced a Lotus XI and also bought the Devin-Panhard from Van. It was interesting about that. After I bought it I took it to an injector specialist in Pasadena and we got it tuned up to perfection. I raced it at Santa Barbara and won. It was a bit deflating for Van since we couldn't get better than thirds while he owned it. 

A man from Beverly Hills came up to me afterwards and wanted the car. I sold it and then raced it for him at Willow Springs. That was my last race. After that my only activity was with my Mini Cooper at practice sessions at Riverside. 

Of course I stayed in the action on another level working for Car & Driver magazine, after that working for BMW and after that with OC Ritch and Jim Gilbert as Technical Editor for Road Test Magazine.  After the TR I owned two more Ferraris. While with Car & Driver I bought a Zagato bodied 250 GT. Later I owned a 250 2+2. They are very unique cars in ways that I find difficult to describe. I certainly enjoyed owning them and competing with the Monza and the Testa Rossa. 

I wasn't doing it for the same reasons that others had, I think. I've always loved cars (still do) and the racing activity was an expression of that love. Winning was almost beside the point for me. Whatever success I had ( and it was very little) was just frosting on the cake. I believe a person's passion need not have to have any rational reason. After my racing period I bought a 40' yawl. I lived aboard it in Newport Beach while writing for Road Test. I developed a passion for the sea and sailed as far north as Glacier Bay Alaska and as far south as Panama. 

I've cruised parts of the Gulf and up the Mississippi and through the TVA. I believe people should follow their passions. I did some prospecting for gold (no luck) and for four years my wife and I traveled the back roads (I'm an artist) and I painted signs. We loved it. Today (I'm now 73) I design homes, do oil paintings and have a great passion for following the Formula One racing events, so perfectly presented by Speedvision." 

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