TBT - A Need For Speed

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

Formula Ford at Willow Springs

 

This was taken waaaay back in 1967 at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California. Those were the days when racing was more or less affordable, especially in Formula Ford, an entry-level open wheel class that my Lotus was specially made for.

 

I spent most of my teen years hanging around sports car races, working as pit crew and counting the days until I got my driver's license. Once I had that, I entered the family's MG in local events - my parents always wondered why the tires wore out so quickly - but it wasn't until I was 22 that I had a good job and enough money saved that I could start racing for real.

 

My rise to Formula One was put on hold when I went in the Peace Corps in 1968, and by the time I got back and settled into a job and a racing-convenient location, the sport was well on its way to being financially out of reach without heavy sponsorship, and while I didn't suck, I wasn't that good yet.

 

But racing was in my blood (still is, kinda), so I found an affordable alternative - motorcycles, but that's a story for another time.

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Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
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www.maryanddick.com

 

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Dick- another piece of the onion peeled back about Dick Greenberg!  And, very interesting as well.  Are you still racing motorcycles?

Oct 15, 2015 07:21 AM #1
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Brotha man a whole new side I knew nothing about!?!?!?!

Very cool and why you holding out on me this is good stuff!!!

 

Much props

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Dick, when I was a Cadet at USMA there were a handful of Seniors who would buy themselves a graduation present a Lotus Europa:)) ah the good old days... Clearly you had fun and looking back is not so bad at least you are in one piece:))Endre

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Dick that must have been a blast back then - how fun! I'm happy to see it's a banana colored car! LOL

Oct 15, 2015 07:32 AM #4
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Dick - I think most of us guys could not wait to drive.  I have stories like your as well where my parents wondered how an exhaust pipe got flattened.

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Dick,

How fun to have achieved this goal in your life, I am really looking forward to the motorcycle saga.  A

Oct 15, 2015 08:38 AM #6
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Hi Dick -- why has the theme song from the television show "Speed Racer" keep playing in my head?

Oct 15, 2015 08:39 AM #7
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Dick 1967 the first year of High School for me :)

May be it is time to rekindle the racer within you.

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Dick,  you are showing more and more of late a very interesting life you have lead.  Fun to hear about.  Thank you.  Mark

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I did not know you were a gear head Dick. Have you watched the new Jay Leno's Garage show that just started?

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I didn't know about this side to you, Dick. I knew you rode motorcycles, but I didn't know you love racing cars. You will like my friend, Mike. He races motorcycles...or use to. Now the only cycle racing he does is with himself. 

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You like speed and winning and that doesn't surprise me at all Dick. What does surprise me is that you have done so many things and have so many facets to your personality that are intriguing. Keep sharing.

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It can be fun if it's done with care and attention! Love and light!

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I like Debbie's take on this and the need for speed and all of that!

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