Getting to Know: Butch Kummer
For over forty years, the founding member of B.K. Racing, LLC, has been dedicated to living the maxim once attributed to Roger Penske - - “a race car is one of the most efficient means known to man for turning money into noise.” Since he first started modifying and autocrossing VW beetles during his college days in the late 60’s, Butch Kummer has constantly focused on going just a little bit faster than he can afford.
Over the years Butch and friends have moved from VW’s to street Corvettes to purpose-built tube frame GT cars where the only pieces with Chevrolet part numbers are the tail light lenses. Although Butch’s formative years were spent watching stock cars on ovals, all his own race cars have been capable of turning right as well as left. In addition to driving and providing trackside support for racers, he also been heavily involved in the organizational aspects of the sport which culminated in rolling out the Majors program while working as SCCA's Director of Club Racing from July 2012 through September 2014. Hopefully the best is yet to come, but from parking lots in Florida to mountain roads in Carolina to the high banks of Daytona it’s been a helluva ride already.