Danny Collins Tribute Party
You are invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day amongst some of the truly great drivers of the Rocky Mountain Region at LeMay’s Club Auto Colorado, all in honor of Irishmen Danny Collins.
When: Wednesday March 17th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: LeMay’s Club Auto Colorado, www.clubautocolorado.com
11100 W. 8th Ave, Lakewood 80215, Behind the Office Liquidators at 6th and Simms
Cost: $20 per person at the door (cash, check, VS or MC)
RSVP: Please RSVP to Mike@clubautocolorado.com by Friday March 12th to help with our food and drink count.
Celebration: Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and tributes to Danny Collins including a slide show and story telling. We have a special prize for the person who can stand up and deliver the best Danny Collins story. Also on display will be a few of Danny’s personal cars including his Lotus Europa and the famous “Pocket Rocket”! The LeMay Auto Museum will be open for guests to view the special collection of historic and modern cars.
About Danny Collins
Born and raised in Denver, Danny Collins was a fourth generation Colorado citizen. Collins successfully raced sports car and single-seat Formula cars for 50 years, including two years in England. In England, Collins was trusted to campaign a factory-owned Chevy Corvette in the 1962 Tourist-trophy at Goodwood, England, beating two World Champions in the process.
Over the years Danny raced Alfas, several Ferraris, a Mercedes-powered Special, Porsche, and a wide variety of single-seat Formula and two-seat race cars. He trained and coached more than 3,000 race drivers, including Indy drivers Buddy Lazier, Greg Ray, Buzz Calkins, and many other champions on the professional and amateur levels. He also designed and built Formula Ford and F-Continental race cars, and created an entirely new Formula Junior race car to fill the need for a new high performance, low cost race car for beginners.
Danny designed many race tracks, including a 3.3-mile track at Stapleton, the 2.6-mile Continental Divide Raceway formerly located at Castle Rock, the 1.7-mile Second Creek Raceway in Denver and the 1.55-mile Airport Circuit in La Junta, Colorado. He also consulted on the design of many other tracks, including the Ginger Man racetrack in Michigan. He was intimately involved the early planning of High Plains Raceway. In fact, turn #6, Danny’s Lesson, was designed and named as a tribute to Danny who insisted that every great track must have a significant decreasing radius turn. Boy, did he get his wish!
He co-founded and edited a car magazine in the 1960’s, Rocky Mountain Steering Wheel and edited Redline Express and Redline Chronicle, the official publication for the Colorado Region Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), which was distributed to more than 1,400 members in eight western states. He was also appointed to the SCCA Public Relations Committee and served as SCCA’s first Director of Licensing and Training, where he set up guidelines for Club Training Schools. He also served as a Director of the Colorado Region SCCA and the Rocky Mountain Vintage Club (RMVR).
Danny passed away shortly after his induction into the Colorado Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. His influence on both the amateur and professional road racing community and is incalculable. His years of teaching racing skills and developing race cars touched literally thousands of racers. Please join us March 17 to celebrate is life and achievements.
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