My most recent guest is Ed Swart, who began his race career in the mid-1950s driving in International Rallies and karting in his homeland of the Netherlands, He was soon racing in road races at Zandvoort, and by 1964, Ed started his own racing team – Scuderia Auto Swart, which ran in FIA-Touring Car Challenge events in Europe, racing Fiat and Fiat-Abarth race cars. Ed won many FIA touring car races in 1964 and 1965, at which time the name was changed to Racing Team SAS, and that opened the door to factory support by Abarth.
In 1969, with team member Rein Zwolsmann, the team won commercial sponsorship from pirate radio station Radio Veronica, and the team became Team Radio Veronica. Later, again with Rein Zwolsmann, Ed started the Canon Racing Team, with major sponsorship from the Canon company.
Ed tells us of the hundreds of vintage and historic races he’s driven here in the States, as well as Europe, and South Africa. Ed has raced at 87 different tracks in 20 countries, in over 50 types of race cars, including Fiat-Abarths, various Chevrons, Ferraris, Lola T400 F5000, Shadow DN9B, and more.
Ed shares the strong organizational skills that his father used to organize Dutch rallies, and which have served him well through his many roles as Race Director, Clerk of Course, Chief Steward for the FIA, Chief Steward for SVRA, and owner for 13 years of HSR-West. Ed is completing a book about his history and racing life and experiences, which should hopefully be released early 2018.
In this conversation, we also talk about some of his favorite race cars, examples of his “never give up” attitude, and his penchant for mixing his hobbies with business.
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