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FINAL CHECKER - Ed Givler

Ed Givler of Rockland, MA passed away on January 31, 2019. Ed was a skilled engineer, race car designer, builder, and New England Region championship driver. Ed won New England Region championships in 1973 and 1980. Initially he raced a air-cooled Super Vee. As this vehicle eventually was out moded and became uncompetitive, Ed built an aluminum body, and "re-skinned" the Super Vee. He raced for many years in the formula ranks with this home build "EDGE" and later "Edge Too".

Ed was also an award-winning skier and, for over 50 years, a member of the National Ski Patrol, most recently with the nearby Blue Hills ski area ski patrol, where he was the recipient of the Jack Kraft Award.

Eds early love of skiing took him to Colorado, where he polished his technique, operated lifts, and served as the night watchman at Arapaho ski area in exchange for room, board and free skiing while completing his degree in engineering at the University of Denver. Coming back East, Ed worked at the MIT National Magnet Lab and was the co-author of a scientific paper on magnetomyographty in 1972.  Ed retired as the Chief of Biomedical Engineering at the Brockton/West Roxbury Verterans Administration Hospital

A naturally quiet individual and reserved, but once a conversation was initiated, he became a man of many meaningful words.

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Ed Givler in his Super Vee "Edge Too" at Lime Rock Park.
Photo by: Roz Rosintowski

I knew and ran into Ed many times, his super vee, and the step van that he used to transport the vehicle. A workshop in itself!

Just one of my favorite memories, was Ed in the old Lime Rock Press room, where it provided one of the only supplies of electric power at the track (I would sneak in there and charge my battery in between practice and racing).. Ed was in the building with a wing or something for the Edge, working with an electric drill and his trusty pop rivet gun... Something had to be repaired.. I started talking to him, once again, and he was very pleasent explaining what he was doing, why, and what results should happen.. I got nervous for him...

"Ed your race starts in about fifteen minutes.""

"No problem", was his basic response..that was Ed.. Laid back and no worries(?) and by the way, he did make the race. There definitely was no high anxiety with Ed that you may witness with many other drivers before race time.

Another, in his later career with SCCA, he raced a f-production 914. Therefore he and I were in many race groups together. One of the last times I saw him, it was just after the 2003 NARRC Runoffs, where he handed me his in-car video tape (grainny VHS, compared to the go-pros of today) showing me totally getting punted off track at Big Bend by an an errand 240Z... Proof positive of fault...

Ed leaves his loving wife of 44 years, Kathy, and his sister, Joyce and her husband Tom, as well as his nephew, Scott Resnick (whom has picked up the gauntlet of SCCA racing) and other nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ed's life will be held in the spring. Donation in memory of Ed may be made into the Michael J. Fox Foundation

To send a condolence, please visit: www.mackinnonfuneral.com

Robert Beaulieu, Editor, Northeastracer.com

Gibson "Gib" Stine

Gibson Stine, age 68. Word was received of the loss of H Production driver Gib Stine on January 6th, 2019. Gib was a fixture at the northeast SCCA races for 45 years, driving his bright yellow #59 right hand drive Austin Healy Sprite. Gib called Cazenovia home for 40 years. He was a highly regarded environmental engineer for 37 years at Galson Technical Services, Inc., holding multiple leadership positions including company Vice President. Gib was born in York, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Philadelphia where he attended the William Penn Charter School. He graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts.

"Gib" Stine in his canary yellow H-Production Sprite
Both photos: Jason Stine

He was an avid amateur race car driver and self described “gear-head.” The second love of his life was his 1959 right-hand drive Austin-Healey Sprite which he prepared himself. Summers and falls were filled with the sights and sounds of his yellow Bugeye hugging the turns at Watkins Glen International racetrack, his home away from home, where he was a multi-race winner. When not racing himself, he was preparing go-karts for his sons to race. Gib also enjoyed the outdoors - namely hiking and camping, and being on the water. He carried forward the Fishel family tradition with his annual trip to Silver Bay at Lake George where he would fish and kayak with his family. He was an avid fan of fine craft beers, namely india pale ales and coined the phrase “I’m all about the hops.”

There are no funeral services planned, although there will be a ceremony of life celebration held at some point in the winter or early spring. In memory of his father’s struggle, Jason plans to raise funds for research for glioblastoma. You may find the information here: https://glioblastomafoundation-endurance.everydayhero.com/us/fuck-cancer-500

Stephen Utterback

Stephen Utterback 1960 - 2018, seen here with his wife, Carol Graham.
Photo: Carol Graham, Facebook

Car enthusiasts and former radio host was well known in the Connecticut area.

The local racing community was saddened to learn of the passing of Stephen ‘Steve” Utterback on November 11, 2018. He was 58 years old.

A lifelong car enthusiast, he was well known to people who frequented Lime Rock Park and the Driving Impressions store in the 90’s. He was also involved with Morgan Motors. Steve was also a mechanic for several shops over the years, including his own, “Basically British.” Steve also hosted a morning radio show at WKZE in Sharon for several years. He led a varied and interesting life, filled with cars, music and family.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Graham, of Indianapolis, IN his daughter Raime Utterback, and extended family around the northeast. A celebration of life is planned for spring of 2019,in the Sharon, CT area.An obituary for Steve may be found here: https://www.tricornernews.com/node/57414?fbclid=IwAR0WNtNj-bi1-UbTF3q-rjhvtRxWNy6qHRZROq_vH8dGsbZcPtbxId8SuxM

 

 

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