CONVERSATIONS WITH JOHN FITCH
DREAMS, LIFE, AND RACING.
Ralph “Rusty” Pinney was bitten by the racing bug in 1960 when his mother took him at the age of five to races at the old Plainville Stadium in Connecticut. His interest surged with Lime Rock’s Trans Am series in the late 1960s, and in a few years found himself crewing on an SCCA club racing team. In 2001, he served as a primary historical consultant on the public broadcasting documentary “Lime Rock Park: the Secret Valley of Racing”. Rusty is also a former kart and midget racer, as well as a meticulous researcher, top model builder, and automobile restorer-- with a passion for racing that burns as brightly as ever.
RALPH “RUSTY” PINNEY
Chris Szwedo has years of experience in creating special interest, corporate, and broadcast documentaries. He has traveled extensively and produced films on multiple subjects for clients in art, energy, auto sports history, nature, and business. His public broadcasting documentary works include the Emmy-nominated “Lime Rock Park: The Secret Valley of Racing”, and the Motorpress Guild award-winning film, “A Gullwing at Twilight: The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch”. Szwedo has also produced special film projects for exhibitions of the Ralph Lauren Automobile Collection at the Louvre, and for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as the visitor experience film for the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Rockland, Maine. He remains committed to communicating the stories of the special people and places in racing.
This site has been made possible by the generous assistance of Frank Allocca, who has been a wonderful supporter of the arts including our own tribute and broadcast documentary film projects. Frank’s philosophy and vision of sharing his success allows artists and historians to develop their own visions that see their natural, and best lights of day. Let it be known that the physical memory of John Fitch has been preserved for generations, because Frank Allocca is a man who understands. Thank you, Frank.
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