Portrait of Jacob


Jacob was a thirteen year old who wore braces, played baseball and rode a session scooter that belong to his brother. In fact, he rode it a lot more than his brother.

At school, Jacob’s favorite subject was lunch. He only liked three of his teachers, the ones that taught history, leadership and and language arts. I asked him what one learned in leadership class and he said, “how to be a leader.”

After his mother, aunt and I had a good laugh, I was able to ascertain that they specifically learned how to talk in front of big groups of people, how to make poster boards and how to master communication skills. Maybe the class should have been called communications. But that’s a California school district for you…At least, Jacob was able to maintain a sense of humor about it.

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Portrait of Adela


Adela was a security guard at the Lancaster, California, USA Walmart. She worked for Security Defense which was a firm centered in Rialto, California. She was stationed at the Walmart in Lancaster for just a month when we met. Walmart was having too many security issues, so they called her company to hire someone to relieve the problem.

Compared to other assignments, Adela really liked this job because she stood where the greeters generally stood and “got to meet a lot of people.” Adela was a very warm and friendly person, so it was understandable that she liked meeting new people all the time.

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Portrait of Scott-2


I saw Scott sitting on a tiny scooter and thought it was so funny to see that sight among so many wonderful race cars at Willow Springs International Raceway. He used the scooter to travel around the outskirts of the track to meet and greet friends, get the gossip and see what was going on.

Scott ran a yellow 944 Porsche with the Porsche Owners Club. He took care of the car himself saying that “racing is the hobby but mechanics comes along with the racing Hobby.”

Scott was from San Diego, California, USA where he owned his own company so he could afford his own race car. “I’ve always been into racing, since I was little a little kid, so, when I got to be able to afford it, I got a race car.”

Yellow 944 Porsche

Scott adjusting his helmet before his run

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Portrait of Kat


When I met Kat, she was in the process of taking Minimoto lessons which she described as, “we were taking mini motorcycles that were about 50 cc caliber, generally kid’s bikes, to learn skills that we then can apply to our full size bikes.” She was doing low center of gravity moves and learning how to execute them safely.

Kat was riding Motocross for three years and, during this interview, she was taking a break from her second clinic at Willow Springs International Raceway.

Kat had her own Kawasaki_Z750 and a BMW F650GS .

You can learn more about Kat on her website Katz entertainment, but to sum things up, she was a full service performance-artist representative and a performer who also published blogs.

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Portrait of Brent


Brent was a Porsche Owners Club member and he had a great time whenever he came out to Willow Springs International Raceway for fun. Brett was a project manager for a large electric utility. Prior to that, he was a civil engineer where he mostly did jobs in the field of environmental cleanup. That included cleaning up contaminated soil and contaminate groundwater. Brent felt that all the projects he worked on where interesting, but when I asked him for examples, he didn’t give me any, instead, he said, “When you talk about cleaning up stuff, people don’t care. Out of sight, out of mind.”

Brent was originally from Illinois, completing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois in Campaign, Illinois, USA. At the time of this interview, he lived in Los Angeles where he learned to love racing cars.

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Portrait of Brendan


Brendan came to Willow Springs International Raceway with the Porsche Owners Club to attend their annual pre-summer event. Brendan was a software salesman who started off in building construction and got into software sales accidentally. He was from San Diego, California, USA.

Brendan participated in car racing for over 20 years and owning his own Porsche was his lifetime dream. He could finally afford to buy the parts to build his own car by “scratching pennies.” He bought one part at a time quote “find a chassis, the motor, the this, the that…” Brendan’s car, below, was a Porsche 911 1970 RS.

Porsche 911

Side view (cool spoiler)

Fuel Cell

Extra tires

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Portrait of Suzanne



Suzanne was a retired teacher who started off teaching in elementary school and high school and also taught English for non-English speakers. Toward the end of her career, she taught the General Equivalency Degree (G.E.D.) which certifies people who didn’t complete a high school diploma.

Suzanne started her college career at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, California, USA. But towards the end of her studies, she moved to the Loyola campus when Marymount joined with Loyola to become Loyola Marymount University. She majored in education and English and minored in French.

When Suzanne taught English, she preferred teaching literature. However, when she was teaching the GED, she had to teach a lot of writing. She found that it was difficult to teach people how to analyze all the aspects necessary to do a “five-part essay.” It was especially difficult to teach the non-English speakers to write essays.

At the time that we met, her daughter was also a teacher and Suzanne went to assist her daughter in her class two times a week. Suzanne noted that, “now they teach essay format at an earlier age.”

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Portrait of Paul


Paul first came to Willow Springs International Raceway when he was fourteen and ever since then, it became something his dad and he frequented together. The car he drove “belonged to the two of them 50-50,” and they both ran it.

They ran an original Jack Roush NASCAR 1989 Race Car mostly at Willow Springs and at Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, Northern California. Their car was the road course car for Scott Barton for 10 years; until he retired the car in 1999. The way it looks in the picture below was exactly the way it looked when it left Watkins Glen International track (in New York, USA) for the last time.

Jack Roush had many NASCAR teams and Paul’s car was a perfect Roush NASCAR vehicle. However, although he owned a NASCAR car, Paul was not a NASCAR racer. He only owned vintage cars and ran cars at race tracks “for fun.”

Paul suggested that anyone, “who wanted to come out to the track should come out because it’s one of the best things you could do and a lot of fun.”

Paul’s car on the track

what a cool car

Paul’s crew discussing events

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Portrait of Joey


Joey had a 1966 Mustang which he acquired at 15 years old. Joey and his father restored the Mustang in their garage. His father had been into car racing his entire life and that’s how Joey grew up.

The Mustang was Joey’s first and only car and he drove it everywhere. Joey noted that he always had to be very cautious while driving.

Joey was from Santa Clarita, California, USA and completed Mission View Public Charter for high school. He was working in the structural steel industry. Joey mostly installed I- beams all over Los Angeles, and sometimes even worked on skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles.

Joey said that anyone who’s never been to Willow Springs International Raceway, “should definitely come out and see what it was like.”

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Portrait of Gegi


When I met Gegi, she was enjoying her first time ever at Willow Springs International Raceway. She accompanied her boyfriend to the Shelby Cobra Club event and was able to get a shotgun ride on the track in his race car. She considered it all very exciting and said she was “a little bit nervous, but it was a lot of fun.”

Gegi was originally from Costa Mesa, California, USA. She studied horticulture at Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo, then attended Santa Ana College Basic Fire Academy.

Gegi never ended up getting a firefighting job because, while waiting to be placed, she worked as a substitute teacher. Subsequently, her special education job at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, USA, “fell into place” after she earned her State credentials, so it must have been her destiny.

Some days, Gegi regretted not being a firefighter, but she really enjoyed what she was doing, so she was essentially a very happy person.

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