Mike’s first love of anything that had a motor in it started back in the early 60’s when he met Steve Zinn. They both wanted to build something that would burn rubber and go fast.
After mini-bikes, go-karts and motorcycles they went drag racing . . . several years and several cars later, “Zinn and Bauer Racing” had local track championships and had raced in many NHRA series events throughout the mid-west; running at the U.S. Nationals in Indy and the Gator Nationals in Florida.
During the racing years Mike worked as a machinist/engine builder for Motor Sports Research, now known as Pro Motor Race Engines. Steve had a long successful career with Goodyear managing retail stores and Mike with Allstate Insurance as an auto claim market manager.
When Mike retired he was eager to get back to designing and building another project. He had thoughts of a long-low radical Pro-Street chopper and started to put his plans in motion. He wanted to get Steve input and to get him excited about doing something again. Then the worst news came . . . Steve died suddenly at work, he was only 56 years old.
Mike continued with his plans, but always thinking what Steve’s input would have been.
Mike finished the project by adding the old race team logo on the rear axle covers. He is pretty sure that Steve would have approved.