Paul Brown Tribute

 

Paul Brown 1969-2012 -- Champion, Hero, Friend and 100% Genuine

The checkered flag waved on Paul Brown as he crossed the finish line in the race of life on October 13, 2012.  A loving husband and a beloved son who touched and inspired all that knew him, Paul Brown was a true champion, a hero to countless fans and family, and a valued friend to people across the world.  He was absolutely the most genuine person you could ever meet.

Paul's life was taken from us too early, and at a time when he had reached the pinnacle of his career and his life.  Paul was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in March of 2012, shortly after he had won his first world championship and about to embark on a new season and defend his title.  Friends around the country and his team rallied to prepare, while Paul underwent treatment through ground-breaking medicine at the University of Southern California.  The whole process was a struggle at times, but he endured as any true champion would, in July of 2012 he was able to compete in two races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and finish on the podium.

In fall of 2012, Paul was still undergoing treatment and the melanoma had shown an aggressive nature during the initial treatment process; however his body seemed to be responding in a positive way in the early stages of treatment.  In September, Paul learned that cancer had progressed into other areas.  This was unfortunately a major turning point in his battle with the disease and Paul utimately lost the fight while in the comfort and care of his family and friends shortly thereafter.

To accommodate the multitude of Paul's family, friends and industry associates, two celebrations will be held.  The first Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1800 South 84th Street, Lincoln, NE. Followed afterward by a gathering of friends and family location yet to be determined.

The second celebration will be held on the west coast to accommodate industry associates and west coast friends and family. Time and place is to be determined.

Donations in honor of Paul are being directed to:

Citrus Valley Hospice and Hospital Home Care Nursing

820 North Phillips Avenue

West Covina, CA 91791

or

Arcadia Methodist Hospital - Emergency Care Unit

300 West Huntington Drive

Arcadia CA 91007


Background

Paul Brown was born into a racing family, the first son of Mustang racing legend Kenny Brown who at the time owned a European import automotive tuning business.  Over the years Kenny raced everything from sedans to formula race cars, and by the time Paul was a teenager that business had grown into big time racing and light manufacturing.  Paul had an appetite for motorsports at a young age, entering his first race at the age of 16 and running his first professional race at 23.

Paul's first job in pro racing was for his father, working on the Saleen Autosport race team in 1986, and helping them to sweep all four categories in the Escort Endurance Series Championship in 1987. That series has evolved into what is now the SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge, wherein Paul competed against some of the best drivers in road racing over almost two decades, finishing over half of the events he contested in the top 10. He took the experience he gained on track and used it to help other drivers through coaching trackside.  Paul did everything from modifying street rods to building complete racing chassis and cars, and he did it well.  His mechanical knowledge of the cars he drove, his innate car control skills and his focus and dedication to the sport, all combined to make him a fearsome and noteworthy competitor.

In the 90s Paul ventured out on his own from his father's business, Kenny Brown Performance to start HP Motorsport, an Omaha, NE Mustang tuning and parts business while campaigning a self-funded privateer team in the World Challenge Series.  Paul has always been known as a scrappy racer, a McGyver of sorts, who could fix anything and keep it running on a small budget.

Paul Brown was an automotive visionary and his 25 year love for performance and racing drove Brown to sharpen his skills and always exceed customer satisfaction.  Brown's primary business, Tiger Racing prepares and maintains vintage race cars and provides track support, while also manufacturing carbon fiber and fiberglass aerodynamic and body parts for Ford Motor Company and racing consumers.  Tiger Racing is also professional and vintage motorsport team, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Covina, California. The team prepares a number of vintage racing cars ranging from a pre-war Alfa Romeo Monza to a 1970 Ferrari 512F LeMans race car, while also campaigning a Mustang Boss 302 in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge series.  Their facility includes over 9000 square feet of space for vehicle preparation, fabrication, storage and administration. Team owners Tom and Bea Hollfelder founded the operation in 1990 and have continued their active participation in the business.

Paul Brown completed many notable modified vehicle projects that include; 2003 ASM Mustang that was a joint project with Ford R&D which featured an Aston Martin paddle shift transmission, 2000 Saleen SR for SCCA Pirelli World Challenge, 2005 Mustang for Ford Mobility, Several Custom Morgan Aero 8 GTR's, Ferrari 512M, Alfa T33, Devin SS, Eagle Indy Car and many more.  Recognition for Brown's skill and experience is well recognized throughout the global automotive and motorsports industries. Magazines such as 5.0 Mustang, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, Mustang Monthly, Grassroots Motorsports, Hot Rod and Car & Driver have all featured his handy work.

Surviving Family Members

Wife, Carol Hollfelder

Father, Kenny Brown, step-mother Cari Southworth

Mother, Sylvia Musil, step-father Gordon Musil

Brother, Adam Brown, wife, Jessica Brown

Father-in-law, family friend and racing mentor, Tom Hollfelder, and Mother-in-law Bea Hollfelder

Sister-in-law, Cathy Perriman, husband Jeff Perriman

Grandfather, Jasper Brown

3 Nieces

 

Age: 43

Birthplace:  Denison, IA - July 8, 1969

Hometown: Covina, California, USA

Driver Highlights:

  • 5 Time National Road Race Champion (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011)
  • National record for "Most Team Championships"
  • 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge GTS Champion - 5 wins, 10 top ten finishes, 9 top five finishes, fastest lap in 7 of 12 races and more laps lead during the season than all other GTS drivers combined
  • Tied Parnelli Jones record for "Most Wins in a Boss 302 Mustang"
  • 2006 First NASA National Race Winner in American Iron Extreme History
  • 2005 Monterey Historics Winner in 1961 Chaparral 1
  • 2005 Monterey Historics Group 5 Fastest Lap and Track Record
  • 2004 Le Mans Historic 24hrs, 11th place finish in 1971 Ferrari 512 M
  • 58 SCCA Pro World Challenge GT/GTS Races - 5 wins, 34 top 10 and 20 top 5 finishes
  • Morgan Aero Racing USA factory test driver
  • Ford Motor Company Tier 3 test driver
  • SCCA World Challenge, American Sedan, ITE, Super Unlimited, American Iron and American Iron Extreme Track Records held at -- Mid Ohio, Road Atlanta, Mosport, Laguna Seca, Road America, Buttonwillow, Hallet, Mid-America Motorplex, Heartland Park, St. Louis