The Autosportradio.com 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday February 23rd, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.
The program can be seen/heard by logging onto www.autosportradio.com and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.
When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel.
Scheduled Guests are:
Stock Cars – Irish Champion 1972
It all began for Derek in 1969 at the Irish Stock Car club. Stock Car racing in Ireland was very much a contact sport. Derek became its biggest star winning the championship in 1972 before departing for his professional racing career.
Formula Ford – Irish and British Champion
Derek dominated in Formula Ford in 1975 and 1976 winning the Irish Formula Ford Championship in addition to the British Formula Ford Festival. In 1975, he set four new lap records in Ireland, scored nine pole positions and eight race wins. In 1976 he scored twenty three wins throughout England.
British Formula Three Champion 1977
In 1977, Derek won the British Formula 3 Championship in his rookie season, after winning the last five races in a row. Along the way he also won the Austrian Grand Prix F3 support race after an epic race long battle with future Formula One world champion, Nelson Piquet.
Formula One 1978-1982
Derek made what is arguably the fastest ever rise to Formula One. Just thirteen months after he won the British Formula Ford Festival in Brands Hatch, Derek was testing a Formula One car. In the intervening time span, he won the 1977 British Formula Three Championship and made his Formula Two debut in Estoril, Portugal, where he set a new lap record on his first visit, October 1977.
He scored his first world championship point at the inaugural Canadian Grand Prix held in Montreal in 1978. Driving for Ken Tyrrell, Derek finished tenth in the World Championship in 1980.
In 1982 he enjoyed his finest year in Formula One while partnering World Champion Keke Rosberg at Williams. Derek was leading the Grand Prix of Monaco until his car suffered gearbox failure. The failure was caused by the loss of the gearbox oil cooler, which had been damaged in a previous incident earlier in the race.
Indy Car 1983-1989
Derek quickly became established in Indy Car racing qualifying on the front row of the grid in Laguna Seca in 1983. In the opening round of the 1984 season at Long Beach, Derek again qualified on the front row alongside Mario Andretti. Derek was seriously hurt in a 200 MPH crash in Michigan later that year.
Sports Cars 1988-2002
Derek drove for the best sports car teams in the business at the close of his career, Jaguar and Nissan. In the Jaguar, he finished fourth on his debut at the Le Mans 24 hour race in France. In his first race in the factory Nissan GTP ZX Turbo, Derek qualified on the pole in the streets of Columbus, Ohio. He won numerous times while partnering Geoff Brabham , but the biggest celebrations came when he won the Sebring 12 hour race twice in 1990 and 1991. While qualifying for his last race in Daytona, he put the Nissan on the pole…..in the wet.
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There are lots of popular titles , including an exciting new title that’s hot off the press. Sprint Car Challenge is the fourth volume in the highly-acclaimed Jimmy Wilson series. Over the past 18 months we have also released On Top Of The World and Let’s Go Racing!, and both titles have earned rave reviews from readers.
Dave’s books have been popular in racing circles since Still Wide Open was published in 1999. He brings to the page a unique and heartfelt style that has captivated thousands of readers over the years, and along the way Dave’s books have established a wide and passionate fan following.
In addition to writing books Dave is also a well know TV motorsports commentator for several short track series.
Dave will bring some copies of his latest books. If you’d like a copy and have it autographed bring along some cash or a check. You’ll be glad you’ve any of his books…
See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway…