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Joining me today is Roger Mandeville, one of IMSAís most dominant racecar drivers in the 1970ís and 1980s, and raced professionally for 26 years. Roger began his professional career in 1971, starting with an Open Kadett, then a Ford Pinto, even an AMC Pacer, but became inextricably linked with Mazdas. Roger has been known not only as a winning race driver and team owner, but as an eminent rotary engine builder for 40 years.

Roger spent most of his career in endurance races, with a few longer sprint races whenever they occurred on the IMSA schedule. At his race teamís peak, Mandeville Racing Enterprises ran two cars and several drivers, and during his professional career, Roger has raced in around 200 events.

In this episode, we learn about Rogerís start in racing, his early years racing Mazdas which later developed into some factory support, as he moved up the ladder from RS-2s to RX-7s, and ever-increasing horsepower and road speeds.

Although he is modest about his contributions to the development of the Mazda rotary engine, listeners will get a good idea in this episode just some of his accomplishments that keep Roger in demand as a rotary race engine builder. We go into some technical detail about 2 rotor, 3 rotor, and 4 rotor engines.

After retiring from professional racing, Roger drove vintage cars from the Briggs Cunningham collection; he tells us about his favorite race car from those years, and he also tells us about some of his many co-drivers, some of his toughest competitors, and his favorite tracks.

My web site includes a number of links to Rogerís race cars and racing career, and Roger and his wife Nancy kindly supplied several photographs youíll want to see, so please visit:

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Joining me this time is Jeff Kline - hugely successful past professional race car driver, and now active vintage race car driver - and previous guest in January of this year. This time around, Jeff shares his experiences at the Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman at Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. However, this time around, Jeffís fortunes at the race ended early with a failed engine, and Jeff will tell us about that. Jeff and I also catch up on general classic car talk, so be sure to listen in.

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I just released Part 1 of a long conversation with John Higgins, ex-professional racer, longtime vintage racer.

John calls himself just a used car dealer, but he owns what was the nationís first standalone pre-owned Lexus dealership, building it into a $55 million business that carries new, pre-owned, and lease vehicles, and has grown ever since he and Bobby Rahal first joined forces to start the company. He later bought out Bobby Rahalís interest, and both his business, and his past and present racing activities have been the topic of many press interviews. John is also a member of the prestigious Road Racing Driverís Club.

Johnís races include a bunch of IMSA events, 12 or 13 Daytona 24-hour races, at least that many events at Sebring, Camel Light races and many, many more. For many of those years, he and Chip Mead were co-drivers, but John shared wheel duties with a list of other professional and amateur drivers (John tells us a funny story about a certain celebrity driver).

By his calculation, John has driven in 573 race and vintage race events, often in more than one class per race! His long list of races is almost equaled by his long list of race cars, just a few of which include the Fabcar Camel Light car, a bunch of Porsches, including the 1969 LeMans winning 910 now residing in the Bruce Myers collection. John still races one of the only 6 center-steer 718 RSKs ever built, in which he and his cohorts have won dozens of vintage races, and which also won a best in class award at the Amelia Island Concours. John is also a car collector, and he shares his philosophy of car selection that many of us can relate to.

As always, I want to thank all of you listeners of Vintage Racing Podcast for your support and encouragement. Please tell your friends about the podcast, and tell others about it at your next race event. I donít participate in social networking, so word of mouth and positive reviews on iTunes are important. Also, a big thank you to John for this interview, and to Jeff Kline for his time and energy to promote Vintage Racing Podcast, and for asking his friends and colleagues to participate.

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John Higgins, Part 2!

Up next is part 2 of my long interview with the entertaining, talented, and interesting John Higgins. If you listened to part 1, you will have heard a bunch of great stories about Johnís pro racing years, and transition into vintage racing. Also, be sure to check my web site blog post from August 11 for more thoughts John shared after our conversation.

In Part 2, John and I bop around from topic to topic and back; we talk about his favorite aspects of racing during the day, and vintage racing over these past many years. Then, John shares his thoughts and interests in vintage car collecting. We cover Triumph TR4s and TR6s, Lotus Elans, motorcycles, and more. We discuss pros and cons of vintage car auctions, investing in vintage cars, and the modern trend towards self-driving and all-electric vehicles.

John shares his plans for upcoming races at the 24 Hr. of Daytona in the Fabcar Porsche, GT3 Cup Car, and a Carrera, and then he shares a funny story about a vintage race at Daytona a couple of years ago that epitomize the passion behinds the grassroots level of vintage motorsports! After that, itís stories about Bobby Rahal, Tommy Kendall, Judy Stropus, and I talk about the many commonalities and connections so many Vintage Racing Podcasts guests share with each other, and John shares how he feels about the importance of these long-term relationships. We also talk about Johnís inductance into the Road Racing Driversí Club.

You can see why it took two episodes to cover the wide range of topics John Higgins had to share with all of us. I want to thank John again for taking the time to join us here at the podcast.

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Ed Swart on Vintage Racing Podcast!

My most recent guest is Ed Swart, who began his race career in the mid-1950s driving in International Rallies and karting in his homeland of the Netherlands, He was soon racing in road races at Zandvoort, and by 1964, Ed started his own racing team Ė Scuderia Auto Swart, which ran in FIA-Touring Car Challenge events in Europe, racing Fiat and Fiat-Abarth race cars. Ed won many FIA touring car races in 1964 and 1965, at which time the name was changed to Racing Team SAS, and that opened the door to factory support by Abarth.

In 1969, with team member Rein Zwolsmann, the team won commercial sponsorship from pirate radio station Radio Veronica, and the team became Team Radio Veronica. Later, again with Rein Zwolsmann, Ed started the Canon Racing Team, with major sponsorship from the Canon company.

Ed tells us of the hundreds of vintage and historic races heís driven here in the States, as well as Europe, and South Africa. Ed has raced at 87 different tracks in 20 countries, in over 50 types of race cars, including Fiat-Abarths, various Chevrons, Ferraris, Lola T400 F5000, Shadow DN9B, and more.

Ed shares the strong organizational skills that his father used to organize Dutch rallies, and which have served him well through his many roles as Race Director, Clerk of Course, Chief Steward for the FIA, Chief Steward for SVRA, and owner for 13 years of HSR-West. Ed is completing a book about his history and racing life and experiences, which should hopefully be released early 2018.

In this conversation, we also talk about some of his favorite race cars, examples of his ďnever give upĒ attitude, and his penchant for mixing his hobbies with business.

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Have you listened to Part 1 of my conversation with ex-IMSA racer David Cowart? Then you’ll want to be sure to hear the rest of this great interview. There’s a bunch more we didn’t cover in the first part, so sit down and listen to the rest of our conversation.

David tells us much more about the successful IMSA career he shared with Kenper Miller with sponsorship from Red Lobster, and goes into detail about the March 82G and 83G cars they developed to run with either Chevy or Turbo BMW engines, thanks to their talented crew chief Jack Darren. With 750 horsepower in a 2000 lb. car, the car was a handful. I also talked with David about his stint as a race driving instructor, and his approach to teaching valuable lessons to aspiring drivers.

David and Kenper retired from professional racing in the late 1980s, and then moved into vintage racing, first with an ex-John Surtees Lola T70, and then with another M1, and later, both the Chevy-March, and the Turbo Porsche March.

David was inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame, and was a panelist for BMW’s celebration of decades of racing in the U.S., along with Brian Redman, David Hobbs, and several other famous race car drivers. With partner Charles Menez, David promoted the 12 Hours of Sebring race for about 5 years.

My thanks to David for a great conversation, and again to his fellow Road Racing Drivers Club member, Vintage Racing Podcast subject and helper, and talented winning race car driver, Jeff Kline.

If you have been enjoying these podcasts, please tell your friends to subscribe on iTunes and subscribe to our RSS feed through our web site so you get notified of news and developments. Also, please leave positive ratings and reviews on iTunes. How do you do that? First, launch Apple’s Podcast app, then tap the search tab. Enter Vintage Racing Podcast, then tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the VRP graphic, then the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom, enter your iTunes password to login, then tap all 5 Stars to leave a rating. You can enter title text and content to leave a review, and then tap Send. I know, it’s a lot, but you only have to do it once to show a little love for all the effort it takes to bring these to you.

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Tom Cotter is not just a writer, though heís on his 16th book, but a director of public relations for Charlotte Motor Speedway, owner of what became the largest motorsports marketing agency in the world, a judge at Amelia Island and many other venues, President of the group that tried to bring Formula 1 to the U.S. some years back, contributor and columnist for auto magazines, tour and event organizer, and star of Hagerty Insuranceís Barn Find Hunter, just to name a few of his accomplishments.

More than that, Tomís been a car fanatic since his childhood, and in this episode, we learn about his 1939 Ford Woody wagon that heís owned since he was 15 years old, and which serves as a useful tool, that he talks about when we discuss strategies for finding old cars. And that is what many listeners will know Tom Cotter for best; his Barn Find Road Trip book series, and his Barn Find Hunter video series.

In this episode, we talk about his books, including several biographies, his previous careers in the automotive and racing industry, where to find old cars, why people hoard cars, how to succeed in buying old cars, the future of car collecting and the driving experience, and I ask him what his toughest challenge has been to date, and his most rewarding.

Thank you, Tom, and thanks to you listeners.

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