In 1970 my best friend David pulled out his Scalextric slot car racing set and from that moment on I was hooked. All I wanted to be from that point on was a racing driver. Stewart, Cevert, Rodriguez, Hunt were my boyhood heroes.
We went to classic F1 and CanAm races in Canada at historic tracks: Mosport, St. Jovite, and later to Road America and Circuit Gille Villeneuve in Montreal.
I started racing 80 mile-an-hour karts when I was 19 and went to the Jim Russell racing school and spent the best $1200 I ever spent in my life on three days in a Formula Ford car. I also drove for the Canadian DAP kart dealer in the Canadian Pro Series, running in the same race as Terry Fullerton, the driver that Ayrton Senna said he respected the most.
It was the most exciting six years of my life.
Later I went into publishing about Canadian kart racing and became a racing photographer for a while.