About the Owner / Builder Driver
After Bryan Graduated, his ambitions turned to the Aeromechanical Engineering Program offered by Pasadena City College (PCC). Shortly after being accepted into the program and attending his classes for a few months, he received a letter from our government (Uncle Sam) stating that he had been drafted into the military. After reporting to the Los Angeles Military Induction Center in Los Angeles, CA., he was told to stand in line as an official walked down yelling - Army-Navy-Marines-AirForce. I was selected to go into the Army.
While Working at Cherry Textron as an Industrial Engineer/ Manufacturing Engineer/ Project Manager he continued to race the A/G Vega Wagon which led him into a joint venture with Randy Haggerty that stepped them up to the ranks of NHRA Pro/ Stock built Willie Rells Camaro that they successfully campaigned in ADRA to win Multiple World Championships. In the late 80s Bryan went to work for McDonnell Douglas (MDC). While working as Project Manager on the C-17 Aircraft program at MDC, he developed the "World’s largest Robotic Laser-Gantry System" and was awarded an International Patent. Even after these amazing accomplishments, he still wanted to build his own car.
Bryan Moved into the private sector to expand his dreams of starting a very successful Engineering/ Construction Company which he headed for over 20 years. Thru his company he also acquired a Food Co-Packing / Manufacturing Plant which produced all types of pasta and BBQ sauces, and dressings for many prominent restaurants and grocery outlets. During this time Bryan also got heavily involved with the "Marconi Foundation for Kids" helping Dick and John Marconi produce the highly successful "Tustin Thunder Road Races" at Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin California in 1996-97. When the time came to produce the 1998 event, the Marconi Foundation chose to terminate this great event. Bryan went to Dick Marconi's office and acquired permission to take over the entire extravaganza and Dick bet me a Million Dollars to my Dollar I couldn't pull this event off.
Shortly Thereafter I acquired major sponsorships from Chrysler - Dodge - Motor Trend - Carroll Shebly and we were off and running producing both the 1998 and 1999 Chrysler- Motor Trend Thunder/Road Races. With help of over 300 volunteers, Marine Corp personnel, and many business and friends around the local area we were able to make this a huge success for all with over 300 vendors, 750 show cars, 200+ race cars,75,000 fans we had a lot of fun (Thank You All). With a great portion of the proceeds given to the "Marine Military Recreational and Welfare Fund", "City of Hope" Motor Trend Charities and others. After the racing season was completed I went back to Dick Marconi to collect my bet($$$$$) and was told in a True Italian Hand Jester you weren't getting paid. We laughed and all was well!!
In 2017, Bryan Acquired the "Orion Express Nitro-Funny Car" with the 1957 Chevy-Tom McEwen / Kenny Youngblood painted body. Bryan has modified the exterior of the car to promote and support our "First Responders- All Military Branches" as well as a "Tribute to the "Infinite Heroes 13 Fallen Heroes in Afghanistan". This was very special to Bryan since he served in combat in the "US ARMY" and was also a "Los Angeles County Sherriff" and a tribute to his good friend Elton Alterman
Bryan Has Always Remembered those early days when was called: "Four eyes, you don't belong here", and has dedicated himself and his family to allowing kids, medically disabled, handicapped, veterans, and first responders to be part of all his events as well as sitting in all of his cars. Sometimes even when they are started!!! "GOD BLESS AMERICA" "You never know what the future will bring"