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On Saturday April 7 Gunner’s Great Garage in Manawa, Wis. (15 minutes from Iola) will be offering a very important FREE seminar about the proper oil to use in collector cars with flat tappet camshafts. That probably includes all your classic cars.

Lake C. Speed, Jr., of Joe Gibbs Racing, based in Huntersville, N.C., will be flying into our area specifically to present this seminar for us. Lake is the general manager of Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ( He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Lake is a Certified Lubrication Specialist and a member of the Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers. Here is his biography:

“I started racing go-karts when I was 8 years old, but by the time I was a teenager, I realized a driving career was not for me.

“My father raced in NASCAR from 1980 until 1998. For many of those years, Dad operated our own independent race team in the Charlotte area, so I spent several summer’s working on Dad’s team. I started by sweeping the floors and taking out the trash. By the time I went to college, I was traveling with the team.

“At the time, my mom lived in Nashville, TN and worked for an advertising agency, so I decided to try my hand advertising instead of racing. I attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and in May of 1996 I graduated with a BS in Communications. After graduation, I moved to Charlotte, NC, and I went to work for a local advertising agency.

I learned really quick that working on race cars was a lot more fun than designing ads for banks, so I went to work for Melling Racing. We fielded the #9 NASCAR team that Bill Elliott made famous back in the late-1980’s. Melling Racing was also one of the original Dodge teams when Dodge got back into NASCAR in 2001. After working for Melling Racing, I joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 2004.

At Joe Gibbs Racing, I began studying lubrication fundamentals and chemistry. In 2010, I earned the title of Certified Lubrication Specialist.”

The FREE seminar will be offered only on April 7 at Gunner’s Great Garage, E6110 Fuhs Rd., Manawa, WI 54949. It will start at 9 am and Lake Speed Jr. will leave at noon so he can catch his flight home from Milwaukee. There will be coffee and refreshments.

If possible, let us know you’re coming by calling Ginner at 1-715-281-5925, but on seminar day the doors will be open to walk ins, too. We expect a big crowd so we’re buying extra chairs. Come early, bring a friend or fellow car club members and, if the weather is nice, drive your collector car.

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