One of our
great loves in life is the past, the present and the future of ...
For those who are familiar with the history of Auto Racing, the
name of Swede Savage will ring a
loud and clear bell. According to many people in the 70's, Swede
was destined to be one of the greatest drivers of all time. Fate,
however, intervened, and the world lost the potential to either
see or learn the truth of this statement. Swede lost his life in
1973 one month after a horrific wreck at the annual Indianapolis
500 mile race (Indy 500). At that point, I felt I lost my heart,
too. I was a young child, sitting in the stands, directly experiencing
something that no one -- infant, child, or adult -- should ever
have to see: the death of a dream, the death of a man, the death
of a husband and father.
What Have *I* Got to Do With This?
Saying that this
incident left me scarred and uncertain about life in general, well
... it might prove to be a bit heavy-handed and the words would
likely ring empty; they are often overused. I can honestly say,
however, that my thoughts of everything -- life, innocence, fairness,
death, knowedge, fear, extremes, and most certainly auto racing
-- changed that day. The impact was greater than could ever be expected,
understood, or explained. To this day, I still mourn;
and to this day, it is quite a significant part of my life.
On our site, you can also
find many pictures of
Swede Savage on my site. Please feel free to browse, but if
you'd care to use the pictures or download them, I would appreciate an email request before you
If you have any
stories that you might wish to share, please feel free to contact
me via email.
Finally ... My Friend, Bill ...
Many of the pictures posted below are donated courtesy of my very
dear friend, Bill Jorgensen! Bill builds high quality model race
cars (when he's not driving, himself).
like to see some of Bill's work, go