TOAD HALL MOTOR RACING gets its name from the Wind in the Willows children's story.
In 1908, Kenneth Grahame, an English author, wrote the book the Wind in the Willows in which MR. TOAD was a central character.
Rat and Mole in the Wild Wood
Later translated into a Disney Movie, Wind in the Willows had a number of woodland characters reminiscent of people from every-day life. Among those characters were Mr. Rat, Mr. Badger, and of course, Mr. Toad...the inspiration for our racing team.
An eccentric gentleman with a weakness for fancy, fast motorcars, MR. TOAD was always in trouble with the police and always terrorizing the neighborhood with his latest purchase. He would often go for fast, noisy rides through the countryside with his car billowing plumes of dust behind.
Mr toad lived at TOAD HALL where he stored his motorcars. He described TOAD HALL as "a gentleman's residence, very unique, dating from the fourteenth century, but replete with every modern convenience."
A phrase from Wind in the Willows portrays the essence of MR. TOAD:
"They reached the carriage-drive of Toad Hall to find a shiny new motor-car of great size, painted a bright red (Toad's favorite color), standing in front of the house. As they neared the door it was flung open and Mr. Toad, arrayed in goggles, cap, gaiters, and an enormous overcoat, came swaggering down the steps drawing on his gauntleted gloves."
Michael Keyser, then an author and producer of the documentary film The Speed Merchants, originally used the Toad Hall Motor Racing name in the early 70s for his successful Porsche racing team. Peter Kitchak owns one of the first TOAD HALL Porsches, originally driven by Keyser. And we - recognizing a bit of MR. TOAD in all of us and feeling as if we are acting out a childhood fantasy - have renewed Toad Hall Motor Racing.
To us TOAD HALL represents the childlike qualities in all of us and
as MR. TOAD would have put it, "The joy of simply messing around
with Motor Cars."
|Peter Kitchak, Minneapolis||Jim Oppenheimer, Chicago|