Local Competitors Ready for Charity Challenge at Infineon Raceway
Below please find a list of local drivers who will compete in the Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) Charity Challenge historic car races at Infineon Raceway, Sept. 26-27. All proceeds from the weekend benefit Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway.
For additional information on any of these drivers, contact Diana Brennan at email@example.com .
Ed and Martin Lauber (Ed: Redwood City. Martin: Mill Valley - 1965 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce & 1965 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT)
Bay Area natives and brothers Ed and Martin Lauber have taken their sibling rivalry onto the track. Big brother, Ed, taught Martin all about cars as they were growing up, but now the student is schooling the teacher on track. Martin, a bachelor with a bit more time on his hands, acquired two vintage Alfa Romeo race cars, one for him and one for his brother. Martin races several times a year, but Ed, a father of two young boys, only comes out a few times a year, so Martin has a real advantage once the green flag falls, but the two thoroughly enjoy racing together. The brothers have also found success off of the track. Martin is the founder and creative director of San Francisco-based marketing agency, Swirl Integrated Marketing and lives in Mill Valley and Napa. Ed is also an entrepreneur and the founder and general manager of Auction City, a wholesale auto auction open to the public in Redwood City.
Larry Ayers (Vallejo - 1930 Morgan Super Aero)
Vallejo resident Larry Ayers will compete in a rare three-wheeled Morgan. Ayers' 1930 Morgan Super Aero is one of only about 2,000 cars left in the world, and Ayers is one of only about a dozen people who races one in the United States. Ayers has been racing in vintage car events since 1996, when he decided to give it a try and got hooked. He does all of his own mechanical work and has been competing in the event for eight years. Away from the track, Ayers retired after working for ABC/Disney as a television producer for 37 years.
Jeff Hill (Oakland - 1962 Alfa Romeo SZ)
Jeff Hill is chief mate on a 900-foot cargo ship that sails between Los Angeles and Honolulu, transporting everything from consumer goods to cars to livestock. He graduated from the Maritime Academy in Vallejo in 1979, and has been working on a container ship ever since. Even though the ocean and travel are his two main interests, he also climbed the Himalayas in the early 1980s and enjoys hiking for mushrooms in the fall. He is part of the Sonoma Mycological Society and the Mycological Society of San Francisco.
Peter Giddings (Danville - 1931 Alfa Romeo Corto)
Giddings was born in Sussex, England and moved to the United States more than 30 years ago. He works in electronic and digital communication designing and manufacturing shuttle systems, theaters and broadcast equipment. When Giddings was young, he "scraped pennies" together playing the trumpet as a musician and also delivered newspapers. Now, he races historic cars all over the world and owns several vintage marques including Maserati, Ferrari and Bugatti. He calls historic racing "wonderful foolishness."
Doug Schultz (Vacaville - 1969 Ford Talladega)
Vacaville's Doug Schultz is a retired Air Force flight engineer, who worked on C5 Galaxies for 22 years, beginning in 1976. He has flown to just about every country in the world, serving in conflicts such as Desert Storm, Panama, Grenada and also aiding countries during several national and world natural disasters. He met his wife, who was a crew chief on F-15s, at Travis Air Force Base. On the ground, Schultz has always been a fan of muscle cars, but decided he would rather race cars than show cars. He will drive a vintage NASCAR stock car that won the 1969 NASCAR championship with driver David Pierson.
Mike McNally (Sacramento - 1931 Riley Port Ford)
Eighty year-old Mike McNally from Sacramento will take to the track in a 1931 Riley 4 Port Ford. He hopes to have better luck this year as the car blew a gasket during its maiden voyage in Sonoma in 2007. McNally had previously owned the car in the 1940s, but sold it and subsequently bought it back in 1952. McNally claims that while growing up racing cars, he struggled financially, but thanks to wealthier friends, he was always able to find a car to race. He has been racing for more than 60 years total. He claims that racing keeps him in shape due to the physical inspection he must pass each year. Off the track, McNally worked for several years in public relations with Coca Cola and then in broadcasting, but eventually founded a family retail business with his wife. He is semi-retired.
Clint DeWitt (Sacramento - 1960 Porsche Roadster)
Clint de Witt and crew chief, Frank Lettini, have been working on this Roadster project for several years, as both are now retired. The Roadster has spent many hours of testing at Infineon Raceway in the last six months and is now ready for its second major event at this challenging track.
Will Carson (Ukiah - 1967 MG Midget)
Will Carson's passion for auto racing began as a child listening to the Indy 500. He fell in love with sports cars and spent time in class as a child sketching Cobras, Jags, MGs and Healeys. Carson has long felt the need for speed and competition, and even raced bicycles well into his 40s. Several years later his attention turned to car restoration, which at age 56, evolved into vintage racing. Carson feels it offers the best of everything: car racing, competition, road courses and beautiful cars to restore and maintain. Plus, Carson said, "the pedals on a car are much easier to push when you want to race uphill."
Tom Claridge (Santa Clara - Ginetta G4R)
Tom Claridge is best known in the area and nationally as the proprietor of Claridge's Ltd, at the time the dealer for Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Bentley and Rolls Royce located in the South Bay. Now with more time to race, he has expanded his racecar stable to the Ginetta G4R, a Crossle C9S sports racer and a Griffith V8 known for being the factory prototype and raced by Mark Donohue.
Gary Kuntz (Danville - 1965 Alfa Sprint GT)
Danville's Gary Kuntz has always been car nut. He began autocrossing in 1965 with a Corvette and continues to do so today. In the early 1980s many of Kuntz's friends got involved in vintage racing and it was a natural for him to do so, as well. One of Kuntz's biggest pleasures has been experiencing the many different historical tracks in the U.S. and Canada. He has taken his car to 10 East Coast and Canadian tracks, and nearly all the West Coast tracks just for the thrill of trying new tracks and meeting fellow enthusiasts.
Classic Sports Racing Group's 6th Annual Charity Challenge Vintage Car Races
WHAT: Charity Challenge
WHEN: September 26-27
CIRCUIT: 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course
NOTABLE: The feature marque of the weekend will be high horsepower Can-Am cars of the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.
TICKETS: $20 weekend/ Youths 13-16: $10. Children 12 and under FREE. Parking is FREE. Each ticket includes car show and classic cars for sale corral admission.