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Rick Titus

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

The name Titus is well known to road racing enthusiasts, both in the persons of the late Jerry Titus and his son Rick.

Jerry, an inductee in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, was a multi-talented individual – musician, writer, editor of Sports Car Graphic Magazine and accomplished race driver.

Rick followed in his dad’s footsteps, winning 11 races on the SCCA Endurance Road Racing circuit as well as pursuing successful careers as an automotive journalist, radio personality and podcaster.

Appropriately, Rick will be driving some of the fastest cars at American Speed Festival / M1 Concourse in October 2021, including a rare Shelby American King Cobra as well as a UOP Shadow Can Am car. We say appropriately, because Jerry Titus raced a Shelby American King Cobra in the final two races of the 1967 Can-Am and crashed heavily due to a broken suspension at the Stardust Grand Prix in Las Vegas. The car was destroyed. It was one of three chassis. The other two have restored back to life including the #3 car that Rick will drive at M1, which is owned by Steve Johns of Phoenix. It is the very last official Shelby American Cobra ever built.

Going back to Jerry’s career, he raced in the Trans Am series team in 1966 and garnered four wins and a driver’s championship in 1967 behind the wheel of the Terlingua Racing team Mustang. Several years later, Jerry died after a steering gear failure caused him to crash into a bridge abutment at Road America in 1970 while driving a Trans-Am Pontiac Firebird. It was a great loss for the racing world.

Rick proudly carries on the Titus legacy, currently hosting Driver’s Talk Radio, a nationally syndicated program and a weekly podcast. He has written over 350 articles for various enthusiast magazines including Motor Trend, Popular Mechanics, Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords, Road & Track and Sports Car Magazine.

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