Colin Faber

colin-faber-racingOccupation: Architect, Music/Film/Live Events Producer
Education: University of British Columbia, Philosophy and Sociology; Pratt Institute, Architecture
Current Track Car: 2007 Lotus Exige S
First Track Car: See above!
Daily Driver: BMW 535 xi wagon, 6-speed manual
Dream Track Car: Current
Favorite Track: Watkins Glen and Leguna Seca – tough choice
Any Speeding Tickets We Should Know About?

In 1995 I rode my 1989 Kawasaki Ninja 600 R from Vancouver, Canada to Brooklyn, NY. After two days of pouring rain and snow at Roger’s Pass, it cleared up as I arrived in Banff, Alberta. I dried up my clothes and began my decent out of the Rockies and into the Prairies. As I picked up speed with a smile on my face, I saw a man with a reflector vest way ahead, standing in the middle of the road; as I approached, he pointed at me to pull over; I then, realized it was a cop!

I pulled over, and began to take off my helmet and gloves. I felt the pat of a giant’s hand on my back and his voice,” Lucky you decided to stop.” I looked up and it was a 6’-4” cowboy wearing a white cowboy hat, pointed black boots, a rodeo buckle, and an RCMP badge on his Lee jeans vest. I responded, “ Where would I run to? This is Trans-Canada number 1?” He quickly answers,” well, a guy just like you this morning tried to out-run us and we had a roadblock waiting for him. He lost his bike and went to jail. License and registration. Please.”

I gave him my Brooklyn, NY license and told him that I had to remove all of my gear to get to my registration. He said, “don’t worry about it.” He continued to hand over my license to his partner to write me up. He went back to his tripod mounted laser radar; the first I had ever seen. I asked if I could check it out, and he became friendly and let me try it. As he let me tag the cars running downhill, he had a word with his partner.

After ten minutes, he came to me with a summons. He explained that he appreciated the way I pulled over and handled myself. “Listen, you got a long way to get home and you are at the beginning; take it easy. I know you have your registration, but you didn’t show it to me; so instead of the speeding ticket you deserve for going 140 km/h in an 80 km/h zone, I am giving you a summons for not having your registration, a $5 ticket!”

I thanked him, shook his hand, and as I pulled away he stood there waving goodbye with his giant hand as I lined up the bike to finish my the rest of my 4000 miles home.

To this day, after twenty-two years of street riding, I have not got a moving violation on my many crotch-rockets!

Most Memorable Track Experience: Beginning of the season at Watkins Glen with SCDA; Aaron Povoledo’s semi-private on wet and dry
Least Memorable Track Experience: I love them all, for different reasons.
Ultimate Track Goals: Improve consistency
Tracks Driven: Lime Rock Park, New Hampshire International Speedway, New Jersey Motor Park – Lightning, Watkins Glen, Leguna Seca, Pocono Raceway
Years Running with the SCDA 2 years
Pets 2 Siberian Huskies, often spotted at SCDA events
Favorite Food: Extremely spicy
Hobbies: Rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding/skiing
Anything Else We Should Know? I am a mean cook!