Born in Fresno, California in 1926, John spent his early years hanging around Fresno’s race track ...where his Dad was connected with the maintenance crew.
He graduated High School in 1944 and went right into the Air Force. He got his break when Edgar Elder gave him his first ride at the Tulare Thunderbowl, in a United Racing Association training race, which he won and followed it up with two more wins.
In 1951 he signed to drive for George Bignotti, the duo captured the BCRA title and the association’s Indoor Crown in 1952. He also drove the Circle 8 owned by Frank DeOrian and his personal favorite, Jack London’s #5 offy.
By 1954 John was a regular on the National Championship trail. After retiring in 1967 he became part of the Champion Spark Plug Company Highway Safety Team. great He has been inducted into the Fresno Hall of Fame, Kings Speedway Hall of Fame, Clovis Speedway Hall of Fame, BCRA Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame.
John passed away in 2003.