This guy—real estate doyen Warren E. “Ned” Spieker, Jr.—loves vintage racing, today combining his earned track talent and résumé of entrepreneurial successes to continue doing it with what he dubs his “Red Brigade” of three Italian cars wearing respective factory Rosso paint. Gorgeous, fast and gratifying, they were built by a trinity of kingly marquees. From Ferrari—the 1961 SEFAC Competizione 250 GT SWB 3.0-liter V12. From Maserati—this pictured 1957 4-cylinder 200SI 2.0-liter Spider with Spieker at the Wheel (the article’s title). From Alfa Romeo—the 1964 four-cylinder 1.6-liter Giulia TZ in Zagato Kamm tail bodywork. In addition to his hot Italian trio he owns and races Formula Jrs., Lotus 23s, a Lola MK2, plus ultra-rare BMW-powered Frazer Nash High Speed. Ned’s enthusiasm never lifts, aiding him to be high-points finisher in the Formula Junior World Tour of 2008-9. The 5-page story by William Edgar is about 74-year 0ld Spieker’s life in business and on the world’s most famous racing circuits, featured in the coming Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine. Photo by William Edgar
AMERICAN ODYSSEY is Forza magazine’s exclusive 3-part look inside Phil Hill’s road to the 1961 World Drivers’ Championship in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari, written by William Edgar with Phil Hill’s quotes and picture-captioned Phil Hill/Hill Family Archive Kodachrome Leica photographs drawn from Hill’s 3-volume book 2017 Inside Track with permission of the book’s publishers and Hill’s son, Derek Hill. PART ONE [Forza issue #168 now in print] of the series articles is about Hill’s early races with Ferrari in North America. PART TWO [Forza next issue #169] continues the illustrated saga with Hill at Le Mans and the Targa Florio. PART THREE [Forza future issue #170] concludes Hill’s story with Ferrari factory team drives in Formula One resulting in his World Drivers’ Championship, to become the only American-born driver to achieve that world title. This 2004 photograph of Phil Hill at Laguna Seca is by William Edgar at the time Inside Track was already in preparation by Hill and the book’s publishing staff.
THE GRISWOLD GANG article by William Edgar is in Vintage Motorsport magazine’s current July/August 2018 issue profiling the life of Stephen Griswold throughout his career of sportscar restoration and race preparation that brought worldwide fame to him and his staff of expert mechanics and restorers. Pictured with the #88 Alfa Romeo Veloce are, left to right, in chronological order of owning this race car: Stephen Griswold, Jon Woodner, Jon Norman, Dan Marvin, Jere Brown, and then-owner of the Alfa, John Anderson. The 7-page illustrated Griswold story is told through extensive research and eye-witness input drawn from interviewing 14 individuals who worked with Stephen Griswold in period, many of them today carrying on in professions that they learned together and with Stephen during the late-1960s, 1970s and first half of the 1980s at the Griswold Company shops in Berkeley, California. This photograph and others in the article are from the Sandra & Stephen Griswold Collections, and from the Phil Reilly Collection.
Remembered by so many of his friends and vintage racing competitors, here is the late David Love with his famous Pontoon-Fender 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder chassis number 0745TR in David’s northern California home garage on July 26, 2006. Photo by William Edgar