This interview by Allan de la Plante originally appeared in the Toronto Star Wheels and has been reprinted with permission.
VICTORIA, B.C.—“Do you happen to know where I could find the home of John and Linda Cordts?”
I had pulled off the rural road well lost. The woman walking her dog was full of smiles and friendly.
“Do you mean John Cordts, the carver?”
“No. I am looking for John Cordts, the racing driver,” I said smiling, knowing full well that John was now a well-known wood carver.
“This can’t be the same man, but I can show you where the carver lives and perhaps they will know where the racing driver lives.”
I took the directions. When I got to the white house that sat on a hill overlooking the island countryside, a tall, slim, white-haired man stretched out his hand and softly said, “It’s been a long, long time.”
I had known John Cordts when I was a teenager. Little did I know then that I would one day sit and chat with him about his life in racing, when the thunderous roar of a Canadian-American Challenge Cup series car would thrill thousands of fans across North America.
Here are excerpts from our conversation.
Allan de la Plante: It’s been a while since we last met John.
John Cordts: It was the mid-’60s. You came up to my house in North Bay to look at my Elva racing car. I think you also took my Jag out for a bit of a thrash.