BrittBrown

BrittBrown

I have had a passion for auto racing for most of my life. It began 59 years ago when my father, Ted Brown, drove his first race in an Austin Healey 100 at St. Joseph, Missouri. I was only nine years old at the time. But from that moment I was hooked! Dad raced from 1955 to 1960 driving Healey's, MG's, Triumph and Alfa Romeo Gullietta's. Dad quit in 1960 hoping I would lose interest but it was too late! I must say that racing sports cars has been very good for me in shaping my life. It taught me focus, perserverance and to set goals. It has also taught me that I can do anything in this world I set my mind to do. I have always had to fund my passion personally without help so many of lifes lessons were to be learned to continue.
I began competiting myself in 1967 driving an Austin Cooper "S" in SCCA's class C-Sedan. My first drivers school was at War Bonnet Raceway just outside of Tulsa Oklahoma. John McComb and Mark Donahue were my assigned driving instructors. Mark Donahue was the honorary Grand Marshall for the event. Based on my lap times John and Mark decided it would be fun to make me run with the "big boys" in my first race. I started the race from the pole position and was surrounded by what seemed like giants from inside my tiny Mini. I was fearful they would crush me. However, I took solace knowing that my mini was a terror for the first eighth of a mile which was about the distance to the first corner. When they dropped the green flag for the start , I took off and held my own going into the first corner. I remember my rearview mirror being full of Corvette grill spokes thru-out the race. Amazingly, I ACTUALLY WON! John and Mark were both rolling on the ground with laughter.

This is the begining of a long interesting story so check back often as I update it with more thoughts and memories. I will be talking about historical events such as watching Phil Hill, the first American World Champion, and his Monza Ferrari racing through the Kettle Moraine hills of Elkart Lake racing with the likes of legends Walt Hansgen and Briggs Cunningham in their D-type Jaguars. I was there! And it was only yesterday!
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