At one point in SVRA's history they used Jesse Alexander's photographic art as cover material for their newsletter. There was always a "if you want a copy of this image....." blurb on the inside. There was one issue that showed Moss in Walker's Lotus 18 going past the pits in Monaco. I liked it and called Jesse to see if I could get a copy. He obliged and printed one just for me. It arrived autographed by him. I thought it would be cool to get it autographed by Moss and Walker also, so before framing it I continued it's long journey. Jesse lives in CA, I in PA, so it's first trip was coast to coast. I was unable to make it to the Lotus feature at Monterey where I know Stirling would be in attendance, so I aksed my buddy Zack Zarcadoulas to take it with him and get the signature. So off it went, first to Atlanta, then back to CA where Zack duly tracked down Stirling and got it autographed, then back to Atlanta and on the PA again. Next step, Walker.
Through some sourced I obtained Rob Walkers address and phone number. I wasn't sure how to proceed, because I didn't want to just mail the image to him and expect him to sign it and mail it back, but I thought it intrusive to call and ask permission. I suppose I could have written first and when given permission then sent it, but I was impatient and decided to call.
Ring, ring, ring. An old woman answered the phone. Old lady voice with upper crust British accent "Hello" Me "Hello, my name is Kyle Kaulback and I am calling from the States, may I please speak to Mr Rob Walker" Old Lady voice with upper crust Birtish accent "Yes, one second please" slight pause then heard distantly "Father, it's a man from the States". Another longer pause. Rob Walker, in an even older sounding, somewhat frail upper crust British accent "Yes, how can a assist you".
From there a 45 minute conversation ensued as he told me story after stroy of his racing life, mostly about Lotus because he know I was a Lotus enthusiasts. Yes, he would be happy to autograph both the image and his recently published autobiography. No, I didn't need to send return postage.
He was one of the most gracious and affable gentleman I have ever come across, and I am thrilled to have spent a few moments of my life in converstion with him.
A trip back and forth across the pond, and the triumvirate was complete.
Kyle Kaulback '56 Mark VI '71 Type61mX '71 Type69 FF '71 Type 69 F2 '77 Super 907 '91 M100 Elan '91 Omega LotusSport 110 '05 Elise(custodian) '13 Evora S
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