I had the opportunity to meet him a few years back at a car show Amelia Island Concours. He was very approachable and considerate.
He was one of th featured speakers and had a big article in the program for the event. I had a program in hand when I spoke with him and he asked if I would like his autograph. I was stunned that he offered that to me but certainly jumped at the chance. He flipped the pages of the book until he found the page containing a photo of him sitting in an old race car right after a race. He signed that page. I kept it in a save place. I'll now treasure it that much more.:frown:
I was born in the 50's. All through the early years until I was about 16 or so, I lived to see and read about legends like Phil, Jim Clarke et-al. There was magic in racing during the late 50’s and early 60’s. My “slot cars” weren’t American street iron, but rather Chaparral’s, Ferraris and of course Lotus.
Phil brought such a dignity and spirit of fair play to the sport. I hope in this age of video games etc,. that our youth are able to latch on to such men of stature. I cringe as I think about losing more legends like Shelby and Andretti… where has the time gone…?
If you havent' seen the Documentary/Movie with Paul Neuman doing the voice over, Super Speedway, it's worth taking time out. The last scene is wonderful.