Tom McBurnie

It could have been the corporate atmosphere at General Electric that caused Tom McBurnie to snap…or again, it could have been the Syracuse, NY winters that caused things to go awry.

Regardless, 1964 found Tom streaking down the streets of Pamplona, Spain at a time when men were men who drank with abandon, bulls were bulls, and DUI’s were generally not awarded for preceding livestock down city streets. It should be noted during that same period, Tom attended the Swiss Race Driving School at Monterey, France competing in both intermediate and advanced programs.


Back on home ground, Tom was at the wheel of his ’58 Porsche Speedster taking second in the SCCA Southern California Region in 1967 and setting track lap records at Riverside, Willow Springs, Santa Barbara, and Roswell. In addition to piloting his 356 Tom also built the mechanicals and maintained the car.

Getting his hands dirty once again, Tom campaigned a LeGrand FA in 68 and 69 where he set a track lap record at Sears Point Raceway and qualified for Road Race of Champions in 69 where he finished seventh, and promptly hung up his string back racing gloves.


In 1970 Tom Evan’s C Sport racer was the beneficiary of a McBurnie built and sponsored engine which brought in a first in Southern California, and a second at the Road Race of Champions. The next year that same car gathered firsts at both the California and Atlanta venues.

Tom started in the specialty car business as a full time vocation in 1978 building the Sceptre 6.6S, a neo classic two place car based on a ’78 Ford Thunderbird platform. This concept won the best new car at the Los Angeles Auto Expo and was honored under the full Ford warranty program.

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