|From Ernie Nagamatsu:
"The legendary race car of Brig. General
James Kilpatrick raced from October 1964 at Del Mar to August 1996 at Sears
Point in SCCA E- Production racing: never missing many races in any
The 1958 Porsche Speedster raced at two
SCCA National Runoffs in E production class: an incredible achievement
There were special added “Aircraft” gauges
as the General was an active pilot in the Air Force… and his gauge read
over 55,000 documented racing miles over the lifetime of competitive SCCA
racing… over 32 straight years without a miss. The ‘General’ always
played by the rules and prepared well for each race. He was remembered
for helping others in the ‘pits’ regardless if they were fierce competitors.
James was always willing to share spare parts as needed in the spirit of
racing like the ‘old days’ of racing. The
The Kilpatrick motorhome was for many
years a “Hospitality Center” at the races as it was a gathering place for
the General's many friends at the track.
When the General passed on, the San Francisco
Region of SCCA honored the Kilpatrick Speedster with the retirement of
the #7 as James Kilpatrick was a gentleman racer and yet a fierce competitor:
always ready to race.
Following his passing, his fellow pilots
granted him his wish to have some of his ashes scattered over the Laguna
Seca Raceway near Monterey, as that was his “home track.”
The Speedster is an historic and “tribute”
car, as well as a great race car, and we have not modified the car from
its well-known and recognized legendary SCCA racing years. The car
represented tenacity and durability as in its later years it was racing
against many “modern” racing cars in E Production."