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I was doing a bit of rally research and came upon the following link:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/de...ituary.aspx?n=richard-d-zwitzer&pid=117161606

Dick died on September 5, 2008. I did a search and couldn't find a reference on this site. If this is a duplicate, please accept my apologies.

Dick was ending his rally career as I was beginning mine. Elsewhere on this site is a discussion of stage times, old vs. new. It seems that I remember the Villiage Idiot posting historical stage times for Sunriser. The thing that stuck out in my mind was that Dick held the record for several years on one of the stages even though Buffum was running the infamous Escort.

I'd love to hear some more stories about Dick.
 

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The thing I remembered about Dick Zwitzer was that he rallied a Volvo 164. Dick had some interesting ideas for his driving lights. He must have liked a very narrow beam on one set of lights, so he used coffee cans to form a shroud on each light to control the beam width.
 

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My dad was a long time co-driver for Dick. I remember...when I was very young...my dad leaving with Dick to run the Canadian winter rally and the POR. In those days they did not trailer the car. He ran a Triumph TR6 before the Volvo. I have in car film (via hand held movie camera) of Dick driving up in Canada. I also bought the history of the POR video and in there is a clip of my dad and Dick picking up their award. Dick was a great guy and one hell of a driver. However, most of my experience with him was when we raced sailboats. Sucks that I found out so late. I bet my dad doesn't even know.
 

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One of the really good drivers from the earliest days of stage rally in the US. As a driver in the MONY series, the first modern format stage rally championship in this country, he was one of the true pioneers of our sport. I knew Dick, although not as well as some others. From time to time, we would wonder out loud what had become of him after he retired from rally. RIP, Dick. We all owe you.
 

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The thing I remembered about Dick Zwitzer was that he rallied a Volvo 164. Dick had some interesting ideas for his driving lights. He must have liked a very narrow beam on one set of lights, so he used coffee cans to form a shroud on each light to control the beam width.
Yeah, those black coffee cans were the nuts! Held on by springs connected at the outer ends of the cans. That maroon 164 with lime green lettering always looked out of place when it would get dusty. As I recall Dick used to clean it regularly. A real gentleman in sensible slacks in our rally world.
 

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He must have liked a very narrow beam on one set of lights, so he used coffee cans to form a shroud on each light to control the beam width.
When I saw this done, it was to better control the light that escapes vertically out the top of a fog light. POR 75 was really foggy the first night and almost every car's lights grew cans over night. Likely wasn't a safe #10 can of any type in Marquette that morning- coffee, pickle, or catsup.
 

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Another of the great pioneers of the sport running the final stage. My memories of Dick started in Rochester in 1965 and him in his 64 Shell 4000 TR4. Bought 2 cars form him - 67 TR4A and a 67 122 Volvo. My he rest in peace.
 

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My memories (often in error these days) are of Dick and Gail McGuire (sp?) running the MONY series. I also think it was an aluminum bodied TR-6 (was there such a thing?) Rumor has it he talked her into navigating (didn't call it co-driving in them thar old days) in a laundromat, but that could've been a Grimshaw. I see Gail I believe working STPR every year somewhere.
 

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Dick rallied for many years 1965 to 1968 in a ex works aluminum bodied 62 TR4 built for the Shell 4000 rally. At the time I started rallying there were two of these in Rochester. After the TR4 he moved up? to a TR6 and then on to a Volvo 142 and 164. Gail co-drove for many years. For many years the lpocal rallist would bring there cars to his dealershp Best Motors for NY State inspection as they wouldn't readjust the headligths to state specs.
 
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