by Petrolicious Productions / 5 Dec 2012
Rob Parker grew up around race cars and famous race car drivers, due to his father owning a BMW repair shop in the early '70s. Rob currently owns his own shop and has been racing HSR since 1986. We had the opportunity to spend some time with Rob both at the track and in his shop.
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Q. Tell us about your race car:
I placed second the first time I raced it, which was at The Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta, but at Hutchinson Island, we spun a bearing due to oil tank failure. I had to take my old BMW as a back-up car at the season finale at Daytona and placed third in the slow car!
Q: How did you find the car?
Q: What other cars do you own?
Q: Did your dad race the 1969 BMW?
Q: How did you become interested in cars and racing?
Jack Baldwin, Gene Felton, and Harry Grant all hung out at our shop, and Gene, Brad Frezel, and Jack were our main drivers. My father was also Gene Felton's crew chief with the American Challenge series.
It was early in Gene's career at the time, but later he became one of the winningest drivers at IMSA. He is still a good friend at the track.
Q. Describe your occupation:
We're still using all Porsche parts as much as possible to keep the cars as original as we can, so that everything is Porsche OE quality.
The HSR vintage racing scene is kind of cool these days. It represents what I remember about racing in the '70s when amateurs could actually build their own cars and race professionally. We're building professional cars and racing them in an amateur setting. With the 2 liter and 2.5 liter classes, they are extremely competetive.
Since we're not professional, and there's no money involved, this allows for great camaraderie between competitors and mechanics. We all work together to help each other, as well as building some great friendships over the years.
Q: Describe your favorite drive:
Q: What are your hopes for racing the Porsche 911 in the future?
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Photos by Frazer Spowart