- I knew Tom well, and always considered his growth from selling tires out
of his U of Md dorm apartment to a nationwide franchise worthy of a Wall
Street Journal front page article. Unfortunately, NTW seemed to come
apart in a family squabble with Tom, his brother and father.
My question is that Spencer is quite active in GT racing these days. I
knew Tom and his brother (name escapes me) were both racers, often
renting cars from Tom Milner (whose son is racing now!) Who is Spencer?
I assume a next generation(??) If so, whose?
A bit of trivia. If you recall Tom's cars and a lot of the NTW
stores/signage were a pale grey/blue and a washed out yellow. Not bad,
but not the vibrant colors most would choose for either. Old buddy Ed
Impink told me that Tom had a form of color blindness, and those colors
looked great to him!
I also knew Tom very well as we grew up about three blocks apart and played together as kids. Spencer is his son. Tom's older brother was Reed, a tall slender fellow, who was a private pilot and walked away from an off-field engine out in one of their airplanes (maybe a Cherokee) and I may be wrong but I can't imagine that he ever raced. Haven't see Tom in maybe eight or ten years. He has a beautiful home on 22 acres on the North side of the Occoquan River just below route one.
PS: When I was at Group 44 I remember Lanky telling me you got him in to the shops at Silver Hill and he sat in the cockpit of the Enola Gay. What a memory that must be.