|From Locke DeBretteville: "In
1970 Dave bought the Carl Haas Simoniz McLaren M1C that Chuck Parsons drove
in the USRRC and Can-Am.
We're trying to get it ready for Steve
Earle's June race at Sears Point which features McLaren. The car hasn't
run since 1970.
Dave is doing most of the work because
we're busy with our cars, but another old friend, Dan Marvin, will do the
driving because Dave feels he is too old and he's only ever had the use
of one eye. Dan, Jon Norman & I ran Alfas and FFs back in the day and
are old friends.
In fact there are a lot of us out of
Berkeley who raced in the day and remain close. The interesting thing is
that the genesis of what we call Punk Racing started with the friendship
of a Cal teacher, Dave Selway, and a student he had back in 1960, Marnix
Dillenius (he's run a TZ1 for a million years). That friendship spawned
the big circle of friends that now exists---one of the few times you can
trace a "tree" back to its roots, more or less. Normo and Dan went on to
Formula Atlantic while I floundered and ran out of money running my FF.
Dan is clearly the best amongst us, so he gets the duty with the McLaren.
Mark Blaze is another "Punk" who works
in hi-tech now, but he's an incredible fabricator who was the head mechanic
on Danny Ongais' F5000 Lola T400 & T332 under Carroll Smith. In fact
Ongais wrote off 2 or 3 cars, all of which required Mark to build up a
new car before the next race---tough work. Mark also worked for Phil Remington,
point being he knows his stuff.
Dave ran the car with both the M1C body
and an M6 body, but it's now back to M1C guise."