Pete Lovely a Racing Life



The best-known road racer ever to come out of the Northwest has to be Pete Lovely. Best known because he was a headliner for over 50 years, despite being a quiet and humble man. He won fame as small-bore modified ace in the 1950s, won the first race ever held at Laguna Seca, had a stint as the Last Privateer in Formula One, and dominated small-bore vintage modified ranks for many years. His life as a race car driver, dealership owner, car developer and race team owner is equally fascinating. It’s also a uniquely Pacific Northwest story, written by a man who knew Pete for many of those years: Martin Rudow