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    AI/CMC Texas History - AKA, the Texas V8 Racing Way Back Machine

    Several weeks back, I was very saddened to learn of Mitch Warren's passing. Mitch and I had our differences from time to time, but, he was a damn good guy. And, a good racer. Anyone seen his cat??

    It got me thinking back to when AI/CMC first started in Texas, and made me all nostalgic and verklempt. Thinking lead to digging through digital archives.....

    I'm a digital packrat, a byproduct of my work. For example, I have work email dating back to 1998. Due to my pack-rat-ish nature, I also have images, race writeups, etc, going back to when AI/CMC Texas first got started. As I recall, our very first AI/CMC race was summer 2003 (someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong), but, unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from that event.

    However, I do have images and race writeups from 2004-2008. I don't have any Texas stuff after 2008, as that's when I hauled my racing shit to CA for what was supposed to be a temporary gig that became permanent.

    I've embarked on a little side project - documenting our racing history. Below is a link to what I have from the 2004 season, as well as the 2004 Banquet held 30 Oct @ LMR in Waco, TX. There are likely duplicate images - all I did was grab EVERYTHING I HAD, dumped it to a folder, and converted it.

    So far, the only season I've done is 2004. If folks are interested in the other seasons I have, let me know, and I'll work on getting them done.

    Hope you folks like it.

    AI/CMC Texas, 2004 season, in pictures.

    AI/CMC Texas 2004 Season Banquet (PDF).

    On edit Jerry made a great observation - cars and people. Here's what I recall:

    1. Red Fox hatch #5 - My car. Those first 4 images are @ SPIR, during the 2004 OTC event that Lewis Tanner and I attended.
    2. Black Fox hatch, #7 - David Donovan
    3. White/multi Fox coupe #12 - Chris Lyons
    4. Blue Fox coupe #23 - John George
    5. Blue Fox hatch #38 - Wayne Manor
    6. Blue Fox hatch #91 - Richard Pedersen
    7. White/Blue Fox hatch #67 - Marshall Mosty
    8. Dark Red SN95 #20 - David Armstrong
    9. Red/Black Fox convertible #2 - Todd Covini
    10. Black 3rd Gen Camaro #27 - David Carr
    11. Red SN99 Genuine 2000 Cobra R #466 - Joe Johnson
    12. Red Fox hatch #17 - Eric Varner
    13. Black SN95 w/orange rookie plate - Len Zazzarino
    14. White 4th Gen Firebird street car - Mitch Warren
    15. Silver 4th Gen Camaro street car - Glenn Landrum
    16. Purple SN95 #16 - Mike Bell
    17. White Z car #91 - Jeff Wirtz, eventually came out with a CMC 3rd Gen, as I recall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Ginsberg View Post
    As I recall, our very first AI/CMC race was summer 2003 (someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong), but, unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from that event.
    Mike Bell was the first AI entrant in 2003 with a single event as the only one in the class. Mike Bell, John George and I raced AI at Cresson on August 2-3 of that year.

    Richard P.

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    Dang Adam it's been a while... Good to hear from you.

    2007 was my first year and I think 2013 was my last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardP View Post
    Mike Bell was the first AI entrant in 2003 with a single event as the only one in the class. Mike Bell, John George and I raced AI at Cresson on August 2-3 of that year.
    Thanks for the memory refresher, Richard. Unfortunately, mylaps.com doesn't show results that far back.

    August 2003 MSR-C was where Todd Covini, Eric Varner and I raced together for the first time. I earned my comp license on Sat, went racing on Sunday. Wish I had pictures from that event.

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    The only people I recognized was John George, Richard, and Wayne Manor. I'm sure I know others but did not blow the pics up and I did not know who owned what cars back then other than the three I mentioned.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowBolt View Post
    The only people I recognized was John George, Richard, and Wayne Manor. I'm sure I know others but did not blow the pics up and I did not know who owned what cars back then other than the three I mentioned.
    I'm glad you mentioned this, JJ. I've updated my original post to include car, car #, and driver name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Ginsberg View Post
    I'm glad you mentioned this, JJ. I've updated my original post to include car, car #, and driver name.
    From a single car in mid 2003 to the list from 2004 is a huge jump. Pretty amazing how quickly things blossomed. It was a lot of fun...

    Richard P.

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    Marshall Mosty is the owner/driver of the 67 AI car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowBolt View Post
    Marshall Mosty is the owner/driver of the 67 AI car.
    Thanks for the correction. Fixed.

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    2005 Season opener @ MSR-C.

    2005 Season opener @ MSR-C Race Writeup

    NASA Speed News/GRM Writeup

    A bit like before - they may be some duplicate images. Some of these pictures were supplied by Blair Hartsfield, owner of Hart Photography.

    I used to have an image of Neil Breitenbach, wearing a chuck of Todd's turn signal as a necklace, but can't find it. Could have sworn it was in one of the race writeup copies....somewhere.

    That all said....I have found more event pictures/writeups from 2004, and will be posting them. Eventually.

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