I do not know why I started this site. I recall the first pages went up when I was restoring 686, my second Schweizer 1-26 and my first sailplane restoration. 525 came later after Dave Piotrowski bought it and continued to upgrade that glider with all sorts of impressive enhancements and clever additions.
Then the Nimbus 3 came along and I documented the refinishing of that glider on these pages, followed by a complete overhaul of a wrecked 1-26, serial number 038. After 30 years of soaring (since I was 16), I quite flying gliders, it was just getting too risky for me – having never had any kind of incident, I figured it was just a matter of time before I made some minor error that killed me.
Boats have always been a big part of our life and after selling the gliders, we bought a Ranger 20, a Wayfarer and finally the Monk. After building a PaperJet 14 and rebuilding the Monk, I sold the Monk to a couple in Nanaimo, B.C..
My wife Renee and I have three cats – we started out with one that barged its way in when we lived in Brussels and we’ve ended up with one blind cat, a one-eyed tabby cat, one Turkish Angora that arrived under the hood of the dually after riding on the battery all the way home from Seatac – and one relatively normal feline that entertains us regularly. Last January, my sister Kat in Montana found a cute little Newfie mix puppy that we adopted and has grown into a two year month old 140 lb. gentle giant named Zeke!
After selling the Citroen, the gliders and the boat, I bought three 1971/72 Honda SL 350’s and restored them, learned to ride a motorcycle and got my endorsement last August. After selling those bikes to collectors in the midwest and Utah, I acquired another dream – a 1995 Lotus Esprit S4 in British Racing Green.
Learning to drive the Lotus on the track at Pacific Raceways and Bremerton, I decided I needed a formula car and bought a Formula Vee from Dave Schrady in Monterey, CA. I drove the Zekemobile down to Dave’s and picked up my latest project.
Next project was the 1973 TR6 – complete frame-off overhaul resulting in a spiffy little roadster that’s fun to drive.
In July, 2015, I sold the Zekemobile and bought the Acme of Foolishness that I drove 2880 miles from Lancaster, PA home to Bonney Lake. Ran great, got 6.27 mpg and is now the ultimate race track support vehicle with no less than four air conditioners and nine heaters. It’s a 42,000 lb. all-steel beast that cost $272,000 new in 1982. I bought is for $16,000.
In my spare time I work for the FAA as the Principal Maintenance Inspector for the Alaska Airlines Certificate Management Office in Seatac, WA.