SPONSOR PROFILE / Walter Irvine, Lime Rock Park

6 Questions for Walter Irvine of Lime Rock Park

Photo:  A 12 year old Walter Irvine in his dream car.

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Photo: A slightly older Walter Irvine now owns his dream car.

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If Land Rover made an airplane would you fly in it? 

Fly, no.  I would occasionally taxi, slowly, within sight of the hangar.

Tell us about yourself, your background, and what you do at Lime Rock. 

My life began October 26, 1979 when I got my driver’s license in Warren, New Jersey.  Lime Rock Park was the second place I drove to.  Three months later Lime Rock was the first road course I raced on.  Eleven years later (after formula car training and competing in the Jim Russell Championship at Mont Tremblant in Quebec) I began instructing for the Skip Barber Racing School, at the time headquartered at LRP.  We instructed and raced at 30+ tracks around North America but Lime Rock was always the darling.  Then three years ago this August 1st, I quit the school after 24 years and began to work directly for Skip Barber- the father of the racing school and the owner of Lime Rock Park today. Officially as Director of Business and Sales.  Unofficially I help to keep Lime Rock Park strong and relevant going in to its next half century of racing and motorsports.

You are quite a car guy, and apparently the former owner of a fabulous Land Rover Freelander.  Tell us more about your collection.   

Definitely Anglo-centric and mostly 2 seat sports cars but I did successfully dabble in some performance-phobic wallet drainers, mostly “storied marques” 70’s and early 80’s vintage. The Freeloader was the moped of the cars I’d owned.  Very entertaining, incredibly capable and nicely purpose built.  Unfortunately I would have preferred clicking on The Kardashians before telling my colleagues I bought one.  It did everything immensely well except go more than 50k miles.  Some “friends” put Ford Escape badges on it before I made my first payment.

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What was your favorite memory from last year’s Muddy Chef Challenge? 

Learning off-road driving from a then-random Muddy Chef participant (Scott Brewitt) who invited me to right seat one of the afternoons.  A driver who understands and exacts the best things out of a Rover is no different than a racing driver doing the same in a race car.  They are both enthusiasts- one no better than the other.  It was a pleasure to have met and participated (as a passenger) with this gentleman, who was genuinely happy to share his expertise.

The free Harpoon beer was also an event highlight.

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Which three people (living or dead) would you like to attend the Muddy Chef with and why?

Scott Brewitt, who I just mentioned above.  In hopes that he would let me do some driving <insert canned laughter>.

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Annette, (Editors note: Ms. Annette is so strikingly beautiful we dare not publish a photo) who is my world, and a 2015 JEEP Wrangler ™ owner.

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Steve McQueen.  I always wanted to ask him why the double-clutch upshifting in “Bullitt”.  Seriously, it may sound cool but it just wear and tear. Come on Steve..

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Super tramp or Styx.  Why? 

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Definitely Boston. 

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That CD was jammed in my first Range Rover Classic (’88).  I put 131,000 miles on that truck and non-consensually listened to “Don’t Look Back” more times than Eric Yohe has consensually fawned over his Debbie Gibson collection.

 

 

Editors Note:           Like Debbie Gibson is a bad thing?  Yummy.

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