Bill Brack is another Canadian racer who drove a 59/69 to the first Formula Atlantic Championship. I met him the first time I raced at Mosport - probably my favorite track. He had just finished restoring his car and was debuting it at the event. i was still very much the neophyte as I introduced myself and chatted with him about Lotus. He was kind enough to give me a few promotional card depicting him and his Lotus from the period when he won the FAtl Championship, and autographed one of them.
Fast Forward a number of years and I am back at Mosport, this time with my 69. I chatted him up again and told him that I now had a 69 too. He was polite enough, but I got the idea he looked at me as just another hanger on, which I suppose was reasonable enough, because I pretty much was. That is until I put the car on pole, then his interaction subtly changed to that of a peer. It was then I really felt like a racing driver. I subsequently won a hard fought race aginst some stiff competition. All the more meaningfull when Bill came over to me afterward to congratulate me and tell me how his entire team stood inside of turn one cheering me on each lap.
We discussed the merits of the chassis and class, and he told me from his perspective, and keep in mind he drove for Team Lotus in the Type 49 and drove just about every other open wheel class, he felt the 70's era wing and slick cars in FAtl/F2 spec are about the most fun you can have. The combination of power to weight, mechanical and aerodynamic grip make the perfect drivers cars. I don't have the wealth of experience he does, but I'd have to concur.
I have written a prose story on my experience with the 69 at the Jefferson 500. It has appeared in reMaqrue, and the Official Lotus CLub magazine. If you are interested it appears on the net as well along with some of my other prose. VintageAutoSports.com = september8th.com family
Framed magazine cover and article feauring my 69 in acquired livery - with my old driving suit and helmet that Alan (Cornbeef) refers to as the Kyle Stig.
Original 69 FB rear wing hanging above Barn entry door.
Bill Brack autograph cards