Sammy Bell began riding motorcycles at age 13 (Harley Davidson) in Gillette, WY. After high school, I moved to Denver and attended a trade school and while there, built and drag raced a 1956 B-Gas Chevy at Continental Divide Raceway. In 1965, after attending Colorado State University and graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and then living in Wyoming , Sam ordered the 72 Corvette 454 which he drove as a street car. In 1974 the Corvette was entered in a hill climb up a 5 mile mountain section of an old highway in Tensleep Canyon Wyoming. After increasing the horsepower and adding racing tires the Corvette had the second fastest time of the day on the first run. With limited suspension travel because of tire to fender clearance issues, Sammy eventually spun out and damaged the car. Sammy then set out to make a real effort at road racing. We took the Corvette to the first SCCA driving school in La Junta, Co. in 1975. We not only won first overall in that first race, but beat the Corvette driven by John Clark which had been the Midwestern Division National point’s leader in the previous year. After two additional driving schools (one in Phoenix) which we were leading until Sam accidentally switched off the fuel pump, we ended up setting the A/P lap record in La Junta the next year. Also in a 1976, at a race in La Junta, Sam defeated Cliff Gottleib’s A/P Corvette (which was then the Midwestern Division Points Champion) in a Regional race. In February 1977 we towed to Phoenix AZ, entered and won the first “Copper World Classic” at Phoenix International Raceway. That was the biggest racing event in Phoenix prior to NASCAR. The cars first Trans Am race was at Seattle International Raceway and we suffered an engine failure. In fall of 1977, we entered the Trans Am race in Brainerd, MN. , we qualified 15th and within 4 or 5 laps we were running 5th, eventually retiring with a broken upper control arm shaft. Two weeks later we entered the T/A race at Elkhart Lake. We had only limited crew and struggled throughout, retiring early with a holed radiator.