Curt’s had an avid interest in sports car since he was a teen. His first car was a blue 1969 Mustang fastback with a 302 V8 and 3-speed manual transmission. A few mods later it sported hood pins, mag wheels, 4-barrel Holley carburetor and chrome headers.
A stint learning how to restore cars, working on show cars and trophy winners, then owning a custom-painted (by Curt) ’69 Mach 1 with a slightly modified 351 that would get rubber in all four gears only fanned the flames. His 15th Mustang was a ’69 Shelby GT350 with a 4-speed.
His buying a BMW resulted in joining the BMW Car Club of America where he learned about Open Tracking: driver’s school on race tracks where instructors teach the art and science of car control at speed. The difference between Open Tracking and racing are simple: no officially timed laps, no trophies, and passing only in designated areas. It’s controlled practice at ten-tenths: flat out as fast as you can learn to drive the car.
He was hooked. That BMW led to a sportier coupe, which led to a ’98 Mustang SVT Cobra. A heavily modified suspension and Hoosier track tires made the Mustang sing.
Curt has participated in numerous driver’s schools at Michigan International Speedway, Waterford Hills, Gingerman, Firebird International Raceway, and also driven hot laps at the famous Nurburgring in Germany.
He’s written three articles on these adventures that have been published. Two have survived the ravages of time and are included for your pleasure.
He continues to follow Formula 1 and IndyCar with a passion and frequently emails back and forth with Robin Miller at Speedtv.com.