Dear Supervisor Potter,
I am writing this letter in support of the Friends of Laguna Seca and thought I would include a little family history regarding the Laguna Seca Raceway. As you well know my parents started Robert Talbot Incorporated in Carmel, in 1950. I started Robert Talbott Vineyards in 1982 giving us 99 combined years of employment to Monterey Peninsula residents. I was fortunate to be taken to attend all five of the Pebble Beach Road Races in Del Monte Forest starting in 1950 and ending after the tragedy in 1955. I then attended the first Laguna Seca race in 1957 and continued to attend every race at that track until I left for College in 1966. Subsequently, I have attended many historic car races under Steve Earle and most every motorcycle event from the early days, then Moto GP to this summer’s FIM Superbike race. There is nothing I like more and will take every opportunity to either drive or ride the track whenever I can.
Most recently, I have built and opened a 501 ©3 Motorcycle and Family History Museum in Carmel Valley Village. I strongly believe in the concept of giving back to our community that has given us so much throughout the years, hence our non-profit approach. I also strongly believe that the Laguna Seca Raceway is an absolute gem and treasure for the Monterey Peninsula, California, the U.S.A. and frankly, the International racing community. In all the years that I have attended events at the track, never have I seen it in such a deplorable condition as is evident today. As a businessman, it is hard for me to fathom the extent of mismanagement this beloved venue has endured.
I strongly believe that the future of this iconic Track would best be served in the reliable, knowledgeable, and trusting hands of truly local successful businessmen who indeed, have the best interests of our Community and the racetrack at heart. Their proposal of a non-profit approach is indeed refreshing to the Talbott family and one we wholeheartedly endorse.
In closing, I urge the Supervisors to choose “The Friends of Laguna Seca” for the future leadership and stewardship of the Raceway which deserves so much more than it has been receiving at present. Many of my colleagues in the Racing community feel the same way and endorse this local group as well.