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I began my working career, and love of sports cars at age 10. I started the voyage sweeping floors at a foreign car parts store in Northern Virginia.
At 16, I was a partner in a good little foreign car repair shop in Falls Church Virginia.
It was there a few years later I met Bob Tullius from Group44. I did some work on his cars and later joined his famous team as a racing driver.
During my tenure with Group 44, the immaculately prepared cars allowed me to win many races and a National Championship.
I moved to the Mecca of American racing in California to race the new Titan Formula Ford for their West Coast distributor. I moved from there to race for BRE in the Datsun Trans Am car.
I drove for the Porsche of America Racing Team in the big three American endurance events, Daytona, Sebring, and Watkins Glen.
In the mid seventies I headed up Silverstone Enterprises to prepare and drive the Porsche Carreras for IMSA racing, culminating in a class win at the Daytona 24 hour race.
In the late seventies I moved back to the grandeur of California to open Downs Engineering. During the next twenty odd years I raced Formula Atlantic, Trans Am and IMSA GTO. In the new century I won a championship driving my own designed and built Sports Racing Car.
I’ve worked with the film industry and developed a remote camera mount for car chases and commercials. I’ve met some interesting blokes here, could be the makings of some future novels.
Currently the shop builds race cars from the ground up. We do restorations on vintage race cars, and design and build specialty cars. The shop is busy building racing engines, and the Hayabusa engine parts we develop.
I have written four novels so far dealing with early American racing in the 1920s and 30s.
Tales of fabulous cars, Nazi intrigue, and lovely ladies keep me poking at the keyboard, and hopefully entertaining my readers. I have tons of ideas for future novels and am bursting to get them in ink.
on April 24, 2012 :
Jim and Susan Bailie march 2012
"The Artimus Box" is a wonderful, very well written story. placed in the 1930's.
It takes the reader on the great adventures involved with Historic auto racing, including the mystery and excitement which surround war and Spy type stories.
The writer does very well with the technical aspects of motor racing and this makes for easy enjoyable reading , the reader does not have to be technically interested in auto racing to enjoy the story and the mystery involved in The Artimus Box! i am already waiting for the next work from Mike Downs.
Jim and Susan Bailie
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2011 :
I found the Artimus Box refreshing. It is a great read and I highly recommend the book. It took me on a journey with many twists and turns, from past to present time. I had a hard time putting it down. I can't wait for more books by Mike Downs.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 27, 2011 :
What an awesome read! Harry Artimus was ahead of his time, but why did he make the box? Mike Downs' spins an exciting tale of Van Taylor, an LAPD detective who chases down the clues to a 1932 murder, only to become entangled in the mystery of the box. A real page turner. Highly enjoyable!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)