About Jeff Brown
I started karting in 1963 there were dozens of tracks in Michigan including tracks right in town like the state fairgrounds. We also ran indoors during the winter. My neighbor bought a kart then I had to get one from the shop about 2 miles away Ruttman enterprises. Turned out the family lived a block away and their son (Troy Ruttman jr) went to school with me. Just so happened his dad won the Indy 500 in 1952 and raced til about 1967. The Ruttmans had a shop in Phoenix in the 60’s also which put them in close communication with the west coast boys. I was fortunate enough to get trained and drive for the Ruttmans with huge backing from my parents by the way. This paved the way to meet and drive for the greatest names in karting. When I look back I still have a hard time believing it myself. The names were Gil Horstman, John Hartman, Lou Borelli, Rich Burton, Dan Lumello, Don Shipps,Don Freber. Mike Burris, Lynn Haddock.
In 1966 we hooked up with John Hartman and Lou Borelli to win the Jr stock class at Indy. Troy Jr and I shared the ride and he won the stock heavy class. In 1967 I drove a Caretta again and won the Jr stock class at Kent Washington. We also ran at Quincy 66and Riverside 67 qualified well finished top 5. 1968 we ran Batavia and Green valley Texas 2nd both events moving up to the Sr. Classes. Then 69 was Camden and IRP 2nd at Camden and DNF indy, 70 quincy sprints won Blimited. 71 and 72 ran terrible with the 100 cc BMs they didn’t cut it. 73 went to c-open won Ontario Enduro nationals 43 copens, 74 4th mid ohio broke on last lap. 75 copen broke 76-78 Got a job no racing 79 c open came back won Daytona. 80 daytona wins controlled, 80- 83 bought an Indy light car struggled racing against Andretti, Unser ,Halsmer Lyndyke, Gannassi, etc. best finish 7th at Milwaukee mile . Ran some f 200 b stock pro Races back in the east won at Cleveland and road America got 2nd at the 84 nationals. Dropped out til 91 then ran local enduros in the Midwest I won all midstates series for a few years in the controlled classes. My interests were mainly high speed road racing.
In 96 I started to train my son who eventually won the 125 shifter class at Road America in 2004. I ran some 125 shifter stuff with my son in 2003 and 2004 but I couldn’t run with him for 30 minutes.
I picked up a vintage dual Lancer around 2002 and started looking for a dual sidewinder but had trouble finding one so we converted a single Margay into a dual BM 130 kart. I went to Quincy in 2004 for the Vintage Olympics and that really messed me up and I was hooked worse than ever before. The guys I ran across and really got to talk to and meet were unreal. Butch Stewart, Pete Berlt , Junior Neal, Mark Shepard, Terry Ives,ETC. I can’t mention them all don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Some of these guys were my mentors I watched them run duals when I was too young and they were like God to me. Now talk and get together on a regular basis. The comrodery is tremendous because you don’t have all the pressure to win, don’t get me wrong some of us get a little carried away but its hard to put out that flame. Mick Rupp and Pete Berlt had triple west bends so I decided we needed to build one. I found a 66Hornet SS that I restored to copy the one I had in 67 at Riverside and I took in back there in 2008 to race. I also have a 63 hellcat with a Mac 30 which was my 1st kart. I have collected 4 twins , a triple , 1 single and about 30 engines of all types. The karts are all complete and run terrific. Needless to say I spend all of my spare time and cash on them. I really enjoy working on them and helping others get involved.
In 2007 I called Mark Dismore and asked him if we could bring our c open dual sidewinders to the pro race at New Castle. We were invited and 20 karts showed up and put on a show. I then got the bug to put on an event at new castle for Vintage karters. I asked Gus Treader for his ideas and help since he is the veteran promoter. I tracked down some several old karters by using the internet and post cards. I was fortunate enough to drag Richard Peck (hornet kart mfg.) into it. I also got to meet and visit Mick Rupp at his home in Mansfield Ohio.
Its now 2012 and I have put on 4 events at New Castle , 1 at Circleville, Ohio and 1 at Camden , Ohio.
The people I meet are tremendous folks and we all have a common bond that unities us thru karting. I hope to continue to give back to the sport that I grew up with and experience more good times along the way.