This website’s subtitle is “the home of Tortuga Racing…” and from time to time, I receive e-mail asking, What is Tortuga Racing?
Tortuga Racing was originally started in 2001 by Mary and Joe Farace and consisted of the cars we raced—a Mazda Miata and VW GTI 337—which are now long gone, and with which we participated in various forms of amateur motorsports such as SCCA Solo2, autocrosses, as well as import drag racing.
We wanted the racing team to have a distinctive name and one that was not already in use. In case you didn’t already know tortuga is Spanish for turtle, which gives you some idea of the type of racers we were and are. Our motto was “never last” because while we didn’t think we could win any trophies—OK, Mary did—and competed mostly for fun.
Along the way a talented graphic designer in Las Vegas came up with our logo featuring Tomas, the turtle wearing goggles and sporting racing slicks instead of feet. He was inspired by the movie Gamera and if you’re not a fan of Japanese kaiju films you may not get that.
The Tortuga Racing logo appeared on T-shirts, shorts, tank tops like the one that aspiring model Laura Bachmayer is wearing above and, at the time, were given away to fans of my sites and this blog. Mary and I had a lot of fun with Tortuga Racing and somewhere in the time the exigencies of the real world caught up with us and Tomas went into hibernation. Tomas was not the only one in hibernation but in 2017 Mary and I want to bring Tortuga Racing back and have begun looking for a car or cars we can both enjoy and compete with but no deals have been made yet. And I’ll update this page when that changes.
PS. I’d like to make new T-shirts for next year but the screen printing company who made the original Tortuga shirts and shorts and specialized in small runs is out of business and if you know of anybody who can do short runs of shirts, please drop me an e-mail via the Contact button at the top of the page. I’ll make sure you get one of the new shirts.