Ben was born in 1947 in Long Beach, California and starting cruising Bellflower Boulevard on his 16th Birthday.
His first car was a 1956 Chevy collowed by a 1932 Ford, 3 window coupe then followed by several Chevrolet's that served as daily drivers and tow vehicles to get the race cars to the drag strip on the weekends.
Ben graduated from Bellflower High School in 1965 where auto shop was his favorite class. He attended Cerritos College where he started his interest in drag racing and acquired his AA in Police Science.
He sold his 1932 Ford coupe so he could buy a 1948 Angila. This started his drag racing career while attending college at Cal State Long Beach. He then sold the Anglia to race an injected Mustang funny car.
He graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA degree in Industrial Arts and was working on his teaching credential while racing his 1927 Ford Roadster in the local AA/GS Wars racing at Lions, Orange County and Irwindale running 163 miles an hour with an ET of 8.60.
Ben received his teaching credential and opened the auto shop program at Cerritos High School in the early 1970's. Ben and Cindy currently own a 1937 Ford Sedan that Cindy spent tireless hours wiring and assembling til early hours in the morning. They are currently completing a 1937 Ford Coast to Coast Roadster which will be finished later this year. This car will featue an LS6 Chevy engine.
Ben and Cindy have been in the Real Estate business 30 years each and both have separate brokers licenses. Cindy is the former owner of her own mortgage company and real estate firm. They both currently work for Prudential. Ben is the Branch Manager in Laguna Niguel and Cindy works throughout the South Orange County area. Ben and Cindy have 3 adult children; Jeremy, Lynn-z and Steven. Jeremy and Lynn-z are Realtors and Steven works at a Chevy dealership selling cars but is working on his real estate license too!
They have their first beautiful grandchild, Lynn-x who just turned 2.
"Our biggest thrill was winning the hot rod sedan class at the Grand National Roadster Show, two separate years, with two separate paint jobs on the 1937 Sedan after a building collapsed on the car while in the paint shop," declares Ben.
SPOTLIGHT ON. . .