"I grew up in Southern California during the 60’s and 70’s and experienced firsthand the best of Porsche’s racing cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, including Porsche GT Carrera’s, all of the Spyders, Abarth Carrera’s, 904’s, 906’s and Carrera RS’s, many of which I started working on before I was 20 years old.
In 1972 and 1973, I went to the Southern California Regional Occupational Center in Torrance, CA to study machine shop. While studying to be an apprentice machinist, I worked at a machine shop that supported a manufacturing company. I worked as an apprentice machinist until the end of 1974. During this time, I was introduced to Dr. Warren Eads who was just starting to build his collection of Porsche race cars and had begun restoring them at Al Cadrobbi’s shop in Van Nuys, California. Also, at this time, Dr. Eads started Spyder Sports Racing, which specialized in restoring and racing Porsche 356 GT Carreras and Spyders. I became a part of this team at its inception and began working on 550A-0135 alongside Al Cadrobbi at his shop in Southern California. Al was probably the foremost 4 cam mechanic in Southern California from the mid 60’s all the way into the early 2,000’s. Al trained under Erhard Zedelmayer, who was a full time Porsche factory employee and 4 cam specialist who came to California to work for John Von Neumann’s Porsche racing team. Prior to returning to Europe, Erhard sold his shop to Al. The Porsche’s that Al prepped for racing were winning races, and in 1965, Al prepared the Carrera GT Speedster that Dick Smith drove and won the SCCA’s national championship. Al’s intellectual curiosity was amazing; he was always looking at different ways to make the cars lighter and faster. Al’s traits and qualities were instilled in me from the onset as I worked alongside him. As a result, I was able to see firsthand and learn about all of the developments on Porsche’s 4 cam race cars, from improvements in suspension technology plus all of the developments in the engines where horsepower increased from 115 to approximately 190. In addition to assisting Al at his shop, I also helped support his customers racing efforts at Riverside Raceway, Willow Springs and Laguna Seca. Over the years, we worked on 550’s, 550A’s, RSK’s, (including center steer versions), RS-60 Spyders, 904’s and 906’s. During this time, I also developed a passion for making these cars look great in addition to going fast, so I started doing the body and paint work too. In between working for Spyder Sports alongside Al Cadrobbi, I attended Cal State University at Long Beach where I graduated in 1980 with a BS degree in financial management.
Once I graduated college, I started Vintage Car Works, a restoration shop that specialized in the restoration of Porsche GT Carreras and Spyders. We also continued to support Spyder Sports’ racing and restoration program until the late 80’s when I had a skiing accident which prevented me from working for 1 year. During this time, I was recruited to work for Pacific Engineering, a multi-disciplined engineering and construction company, so I closed the restoration shop. I started out working as a junior engineer on their bulk material handling projects, and within 1 year, I was promoted to project manager. While working as a project manager, I saw the need for a centralized department to manage all of the contracts between our customers and our sub-contractors, so I attended UC Irvine and received a certificate in contracts management. I was promoted to the position of contracts manager and became responsible for negotiating and managing all of the company’s contracts and sub-contracts. This knowledge and experience allowed me to advance within the company again, and I began traveling to our job sites with the added responsibility of managing all of the construction and start-up crews. Throughout my tenure at Pacific Engineering, I continued to work for Spyder Sports on a part-time basis.