Jim started racing after being at the drags, and high school friend, Dale Gidley, here in Corpus Christi talked him into running his 1967 Mustang 6 cylinder. "I won a trophy and that was all it took". While winning 40 trophies with the little six, he was also helping friends with their cars and met Tony Weathers who became Jim's roommate. Tony was the driver of Bob Veselka's Funny Car and a few months later, Jim resigned his radio job and joined the team as well. "It was really neat to be so new to the sport and have the opportunity to tour with a top fuel funny car and meet all of the "big names" in the sport." Some time later a draft notice ended his stay with the Veselka Racing team. After getting out of the USMC, Jim went back into radio and built a 1966 Mustang 289 Automatic. At a meet in Houston, he set the UHRA world record, which they held for 32 months. During this period Jim met the late Paul Savadin, who owned a Top Fuel car and they became friends. "I helped Paul as much as I could while trying not to get fired at the radio station. Eating, sleeping and breathing racing can do that." During this time, his friend Jim Henderson who was campaigning a Chopped 32 Ford truck with an injected 392 Hemi in it, turned him on to an available dragster chassis. They played with several engines in it from 392 hemi to a Ford 289, but settled on a 302 Ford engine and ran it in E / Gas Dragster. By this time, 1975, the gas war hit, so Jim sold the car in Lufkin, Texas."
After a 19 year absence from motorsports, Rachel bought Jim a gold 1984 Corvette as a pacification present for his midlife crisis. It was christened the "Golden Oldie Corvette. They ran it in autocross and started going to the National drag races again, rekindling some old acquaintances. Jim and Rachel were very involved in the Corpus Christi Corvette Club with Jim serving as President for a time.
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