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150mph and no signs of slowing down

Andrew L. Evans has been synonymous with car racing throughout the 80s and the 90s. Back in 1963, Andrew Lovelace Evans was just another 12 year old cheering at a Can-Am, secretly dreaming of the day, he would be driving one of these monster cars. Little did he know, how he would be instrumental in changing, not only, his destiny, but also everyone else's interlinked with his.

What started out as a hobby, on the Pacific Northwest's racing tracks grew to become his obsession, to his career. Like every struggling young man, out to carve his niche, Andrew L. Evans paid his dues by participating in crisscross country races by hauling his race car from one town to another. His dedication was duly recognized when he was offered the membership of the International Motor Sports Association Camel GT Lights class in the year 1990. By the mid-90s, he was on his way to becoming a star in his own right, by acing races at famous locations like Daytona in Florida and Le Mans in France.

Along with racing, he also built a mechanical engineering firm called Scandia Engineering of Redmond, in Washington. 1994 saw the birth of his legendary team which comprised of Fermin Velez, Eric van de Poele, Eliseo Salazar and Michele Alboreto. The team went around bagging some of the hardest games like '96 Indy 500, 12 hours of Sebring in 1995 and so on. The 1995 event solidified the relationship between Ferrari- Evan's favorite racing car and Evans himself. Legend has it, Piero Ferrari was so delighted with Evan's performance, that he invited him (Evans) to name any car he liked as a gift. Evans immediately picked a F50; a model increasingly hard to come by due to restrictive leasing policy.

Inspite of all the success, the team enjoyed, Team Scandia had to fold up in 1999 following the non-funding and an unsuccessful attempt to make a successful comeback. Andrew L. Evans believes that if you have a dream and a plan to execute that dream, it won't be long before you meet with success.


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