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Peter "Chico" Breschini
Posted by: edc on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 01:48 AM
Miscellaneous It is with great sadness that I report the passing, this past Thursday, of my friend, and friend of many here in SFR, "Chico" Breschini. He passed away of cancer at a hospice near San Luis Obispo. I believe Chico was at least 75 years of age and was truly a racer's racer.

Most people in SFR knew Chico as a fierce competitor in F500, but I first saw Chico race at Half Moon Bay Drag Strip in 1964. He was sufficiently successful that he earned the nickname "Cheatin' Chico" and was never at the track without his large German Shepherd that he kept conveniently tied up to his racecar to ensure that no-one got close enough for a good look.

After he quit Drag Racing, Chico headed for the kind of racing that Drag racing used to be, Road racing. He enjoyed the camaraderie and warmth of the SCCA crowd and applied the tricks that he learned over his Drag Racing career, to his new passion. He and long-time friend and Drag Race competitor, Don Clar, made the transition at about the same time and never looked back. They brought their Drag Race tinkering and fabricating abilities to Road racing and always enjoyed sharing their knowledge with anyone who needed it.

Although his illness slowed him down in his last couple of years, Chco could always be found turning wrenches on Don Clar's or Jeff Jorgenson's car, or helping his other competitors. He was the smartest mouth in racing and always had a smile and sly wisecrack for anyone who crossed his path. I might have zinged Chico ONCE when he was left speechless, and I am very proud that I was able to do it.

I know that Chico would not countenance any teary-eyed eulogies, so let's remember him as the character and true racer that he was.

I'll drink a toast to him tonight and regale my friends with "Chico Stories."

Derry O'Donovan

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