Les worked in the mortgage banking business in the Midwest and San Diego. Upon retiring, he started pursuing his passion of restoring classic cars. He owns the Mercury Capri that Lyn St. James drove, exhibited his Mercury Merkur rally car at the Air & Space Museum, owned the winning Comer Racing Camaro of the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000, and is known for building incredible reproductions from scratch including a 1970 Trans Am Boss 302 and Ford C-Series Car Hauler. He is a past President and member of the SoCal Shelby Club and is currently building a Cobra, Kirkham body #37.
At 80 he is still in the driver’s seat racing in the HSRA West, HSMA, SVRA, BMW Club and Rolex Monterey Reunion Historic Racing. He received the award of “Closest to the Wall Without Scraping” at the Coronado Speed Festival 2012.
teachings of a Mentor
“Providing the chance for young ladies to enter the motorsports field is of high importance to me. Life moves at a high speed in business and on the track. It is important to have the knowledge and practice at a young age to prepare one for what is ahead.”
Athena Racing is a STEM Education extracurricular program for young ladies in high school and gap year who are pursuing careers in the Automotive, Motorsports and Transporation industries.