On July 12 former racing teammates Sam Posey and Ray Caldwell re-united at the museum. They first met in Nassau in 1965 where driver Posey and driver/constructor Caldwell were participating in road races.
They were good for each other in many ways until Sam’s driving career went elsewhere (including ultimately as an ABC racing announcer) and Ray’s business interests went from race cars to other things (including building dune buggies). The breakup was unpleasant but they eventually reconciled. It had been as much as 18 years since the two men had been together for such extended conversation and laughter as occurred on 7/12.
The gathering was orchestrated by retired race car driver and museum Board of Directors member Frank Grimaldi. Posey is suffering from significant symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and cannot drive. His chauffer for the day that included eight hours of driving, was his close friend Don Breslauer.
Caldwell owned and ran Autodynamics. The company produced more race cars in several years than any other in the country. In total Caldwell’s company built 786 FV cars, essentially defining the class of low cost high performing open wheel cars. Posey, who teamed with Caldwell driving in races and was his driver in the CanAm and other series, successfully ran hundreds of high-end races. From the Indy 500 and Trans-am to no-purse races at his beloved Lime Rock, Posey established himself as one of the top New England drivers of all time.
The Caldwell D7 Can Am car Autodynamics built and Sam drove has been on display in the museum since it opened. An Autodynamics FV was towed to the museum to join the D7 for the occasion. So, two of the most important cars to both men were on hand for the gathering. It was wonderful seeing the teammates together again, Sam with his son John at his side Ray with his wife Carol in support and both surrounded by friends from their racing days enjoying being with each other.