After I would introduce Dicken Put on to folks, I might say, “ ‘essentially the most attention-grabbing man on this planet’ (from the Dos Equis commercials)? He’s received nothing on this man. Meet Dicken.”
Dicken might have been probably the most influential characters in motorsports and the auto enterprise that you simply by no means heard of. A few of racing’s largest stars within the final 30 years have been a part of his karting applications; his grandfather, J.S. Inskip was the American coachbuilder for Rolls Royce – and one of many founders of the Sports activities Automotive Membership of America (SCCA); he took a gaggle of Pixar animators on a visit on previous Route 66 to encourage the backdrop for the Disney film Automobiles.
That’s simply the tip of the iceberg. Anyplace you went with him, the insiders knew him and revered him. Dicken handed away on Father’s Day morning after an 18-month battle with prostate most cancers. Many people will miss him enormously. For these of you who didn’t know him, you most likely could be drawn to his magnetic humor and outgoing nature.
His whole life was spent within the automotive and motorsports business. For a few years, he labored for his grandfather’s dealership which was the importer/distributor of many English makes — MG, Rolls-Royce, Aston-Martin, Austin-Healy, Iso-Rivolta and Iso-Griffith — in nearly each place possible. When the household bought the dealership in 1977, he took over the household’s Motorsports Division and Racing Workforce: “The Authentic Competitors Engineering Since 1954”
He has been a race staff supervisor, race driver and mentor to many “stars to be” in karting. He was additionally a journalist. He based the Motorsports Report, which can now proceed beneath the management of veteran IndyCar and automotive tradition editor, Edmund Jenks.
So many nice instances. So many nice tales. So many late-night drives. So many on-track experiences. As soon as the final engine was switched off at Laguna Seca on the finish of Monterey Automotive week, the custom grew to become to make the 20-mile journey north to Watsonville to the Fish Home. Come for the fish, keep for the bananas foster.
What I’ll keep in mind most is a man who all the time had time to speak, assist and simply be a good friend.
I’m lacking you already, Dicken.