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Jack Cassingham – Still Flying High
Jack Cassingham

If you think “BINGO” was in the plans when Jack Cassingham retired in 1996, think again. In fact, this former USMC fighter pilot and 727/737 jockey was collecting his “first” SVRA victory two years prior to his departure from the daily grind, teaming with vintage racer, Tom Cotter, and co–driving Tom’s Morris Minor to an endurance race victory.

“The rest you may say is history,” recalls, Jack, as he continued his adrenalin rush fine-tuning his “hobby” with Skip Barber in Formula Fords, and with the purchase of a real basket case of an MG Midget from another active vintage racer, Bo Lemmon. Fortunately, the MG resided in “wrench maestro,” Billy Coats’ shop, where the deal included tapping Billy’s expertise to help Jack turn the diminutive Morris Garage carcus into a formidable race platform. “We started from scratch and he taught me everything I know,” said, Jack.

Racing a wide variety of platforms, and I might add, including a Datsun 300Z in a 24–hour race, and yes, his project car (MG Midget) over the past years with HSR, SVRA and more recently with VDCA, Cassingham has steadily advanced his game to “fortunately winning at just about all the tracks I have gone to,” mentioned Jack. Of course, this earned him not only numerous podiums, but garnered him SVRA’s “Most Improved Driver” award in 1998, too.

“I thought that was pretty cool,” added, Jack. It was, until this past October 2006, at SVRA’s Season Finale at Road Atlanta, when he joined a very elite group of competitors capturing the club’s most prestigious top honor, “Driver of the Year.” Obviously, Jack’s new pinnacle only illustrates that retirement doesn’t necessarily lead to restricting your excitement to yelling “BINGO,” but can lead to jumping into a racecar for still more high–flying adventure......Walter Pietrowicz