Q: When and how did you become a motorsports enthusiast?
I’ve been an automotive enthusiast since I was a child. I love cars — driving them, working on them, modifying them, looking at them, photographing them, listening to other car owners talking about them. This year, I went back to autocrossing them, after a 40-year hiatus called life.
Q: What kind of influence has that had on your life?
[Motorsports have] been a major influence. As an example, I’m retired and I volunteer both at World of Speed and at Portland Cars and Coffee. There are four autos in our household, 3 of which are Volkswagens (limited only by space for parking), and most weekends are booked with car shows, cruises, autocrosses, drag or dirt track races, and so on.
Q: What makes volunteering at World of Speed meaningful to you?
The group of close friends that I’ve made working here.
Q: What is the most memorable experience of your time volunteering?
Again, the group of close friends that I’ve made working here!
Q: What do you wish other people knew about World of Speed?
How incredibly awesome it is.
Q: If you could choose any vehicle to be displayed in the museum, what would it be?
Gilbert the Racing Bug — see picture. It lives here in Portland and is owned by a friend. It’s a vintage race car.