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L5wolvesf Dork
1/12/23 3:52 p.m.
Tom1200 said:

In reply to L5wolvesf :

I knew we had talked a couple of times at LVR SCCA race................the picture confirms it.

I think you may have known Gordon Laduke?

I barely recognize that guy in the pic and you do :) I heard his name is Larry.

I may be getting a bit older (not an admission mind you) so remind me during which time period we talked. I ran at LVIS in the mid-80s (white ITB Pinto) and early 90s (red HProd Fiat 850). In ITB I ran against a local in a Toyota (maybe a Celica), possibly a dentist, who wasn't popular. IIRC I got a class champ there.

Gordon Laduke doesn't ring a bell - remind me pls.


Tom1200 UberDork
1/12/23 4:07 p.m.

In reply to L5wolvesf :

I ran from 91 until 98 or so (LVR SCCA stopped racing at LVMS in the late 90s)

When we talked you were running the Fiat; I had my 1200 that I ran as GT5, then Eric Moorhouse's old SSC Miata and then the D-sports Racer.

Gordon aka Gordo ran an X 1/9 with his wife Donna and later ran an A/S Camaro. Gordon was a short barrel chested guy who used an old Yellow F350 as a tow vehicle.

84FSP UberDork
1/12/23 5:34 p.m.

As a 45 year old I got to witness the final gasps of the few speed shops left in my late 20's.  We never had a huge network in my small burgh of Cincinnati but they were there.  I miss them greatly.  We had 3 different Euro Part specialist shops that were all fantastic.  We had 3 different speed shops, predominantly American iron but you could refill nitrous and get a dyno run.  Boo that that Internet has killed all but the handful that were big enough or had enough forethought to jump on the website bandwagon.  


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/5/23 8:35 a.m.

I visited an Orlando speed shop last week (Speedzone in Kissimmee), so some still exist.

They had wheels, seats, JDM accessories and the like. Plus lots of die-cast cars. 

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